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World's leading multidisciplinary science journal “Nature” sheds light on scientific research at Qatar University | Qatar University

World's leading multidisciplinary science journal “Nature” sheds light on scientific research at Qatar University

2018-10-25 00:00:00.0
during science experiement in QU

Nature, a science journal that publishes fine peer-reviewed research that drives ground-breaking discovery, has published an intensive scientific report titled "Qatar puts the Pursuit of Knowledge Front and Center." This report presents the research efforts of Qatar University (QU) on Qatar’s development and its crucial needs. The report highlights the high regional and international ranking of QU, which is due much in part to the original achievements in research and education.
These points are highlighted by H.E. Dr. Hassan Al Derham, President of Qatar University who says, “Our university has enabled Qatari citizens to become ministers, presidents of agencies, and influential members of government.” Dr. Mariam Al-Maadeed, Qatar University's Vice President for research and graduate studies adds, “Qatar University is the largest national institution serving government, society and industry in Qatar.”
The report begins by providing a background on the vision of Qatar in general and explains Qatar’s efforts in diversifying its economy. Particularly, it explains Qatar’s vision in becoming a knowledge-based economy and how QU has benefitted from the country’s interest in expanding its research and development. Among the ways in which QU has invested in research is the inauguration of the Research Complex, a state-of-the-art research facility. QU has also developed partnerships with governmental authorities and key players in the industry, such as with Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Petrochemical Company and ExxonMobil Research Qatar, and many more major companies.

Research at QU is aligned with Qatar National Vision 2030, which emphasizes the importance of an economy centered on innovation, entrepreneurship, excellence in education, a world-class infrastructure, and efficient public services.

The main points of the report can be summarized as follows:

  • Encouraging partnerships especially with major private and public companies (e.g. Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Petrochemical Company, Kahramaa, ExxonMobil) to develop research that focuses on the fields of gas, liquid gas, oil, environment, water, geology, carbon dioxide emissions, algae, alternative energy sources, conservation of marine (turtles and pearls) and land resources. Research on the above indicated and relevant fields is conducted by Gas Proceeding Center and Environment Research Center
  • The Center of Advanced Material is active in the field of material science corrosion biofouling of industrial material and nanotechnology. The center is also engaged in “Al Bairaq” program with an aim to stimulate and develop interest in science and technology among school students.
  • Biomedical Research Center is collaborating with concerned local and international institutions to keep Qatar healthy, conducting research on neural stem cell, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, infectious diseases, cancer, diabetes, and other common diseases in Qatar and the region.
  • Laboratory Animal Research Center, first of its kind in Qatar, is providing research and experiments on animals to produce valid scientific data helping biomedical and medical investigations to determine causes of diseases and test their potential treatments and therapies.
  • KINDI Center supports information and communication technology through developing computer research in the fields of cyber security, data business analytics, cloud computing, mobile sensors, networks and their applications. The center achieved outstanding publications, received awards, and recieved wide recognition.
  • Social and Economic Survey Institute (SESRI) is producing high quality survey data on the process of change and transformation within the fabric of Qatari society. The institute collects information on important issues like family, education, immigration, modernization, health, media, and other vital socio-economic topics. SESRI is also investigating the views of society on issues of public interest such as FIFA World Cup, sponsorship, the blockade, in order to produce reliable data that helps concerned state authorities and decision makers to draw their priorities and successful planning.

The report concludes by highlighting the university’s ambitious goals of the transformative strategic plan from 2018 to 2022 to develop research on the above-mentioned fields. The plan includes also the supplementary support for graduate students through the newly established Graduate Academic Support Unit, which creates synergy between education and research, supporting capacity building and talented students, who are the driving force behind the societal developments and prosperity.

The report includes information and precise statistics and data on state and university
future plans, on its way toward regional and international excellence in education and research.

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