Doha: An agreement signed recently between Qatar University (QU) and Dalhousie University (Canada) has formalised collaboration in the field of ocean sciences and cooperation in the development of research and training opportunities.
The relationship between the two organisations will promote collaborative research and teaching activities with QU colleges and centres with a focus on ocean sciences. The five-year agreement was signed at the Canadian university in Halifax, Nova Scotia between QU President Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al Misnad and the newly-installed Dalhousie President and Vice-Chancellor Dr Richard Florizone. QU VP and Chief Financial Officer Dr Humaid Al Midfaa and CAS Dean for Research Dr Mohamed Ahmedna were on hand to witness the signing, along with representatives from Dalhousie.
The signing ceremony took place amid a series of events surrounding the honorary Doctor of Laws award bestowed on Prof Al Misnad and seven university leaders by Dalhousie for their achievements in education, and the installation of Dr Florizone.
By the terms of the agreement, cooperative activities will include, or may be expanded to include, faculty and researcher exchanges; student exchanges; mutual recognition and accreditation of courses; graduate student advising; development and /or delivery of courses; joint project development and submission for external funding support; and any other area of cooperation that may be mutually agreed upon by the two institutions.
Commenting on the agreement, Prof Al Misnad said: “The field of ocean sciences is one that is fast growing in importance for Qatar and the Gulf region, and is a strong focus at Dalhousie due to its location in Nova Scotia that is meters from the Atlantic Ocean.
“We are taking the lead towards producing future ocean scientists and researchers who can make a significant contribution to Qatar’s progress in this area”.