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Stephen Kelly and Professor Sheikha Abdulla Al Misnad exchanging documents.
Doha: Qatar University (QU) and Occidental Petroleum of Qatar Ltd. (Oxy Qatar) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to create a Chair to teach Supply Chain as part of its engineering programme.
The three-year agreement, signed at the university on 17th January, provides for Oxy Qatar to make a contribution to QU of $250,000 each year, which will go toward covering the salary and associated costs of the Chair position, which QU aims to fill by next month. Oxy Qatar will also be involved in selecting the new candidate and help draft the functions and duties of the Chair.
Additionally, they will advise on research and consulting topics and monitor the success of the programme alongside their QU counterparts.
The MoU was signed at the university’s library auditorium by QU President Prof. Sheikha Abdulla Al Misnad and Oxy Qatar Ltd’s President and General Manager Stephen Kelly. It brings to ten the number agreements QU’s College of Engineering holds with external organisations.
“This generous contribution from OXY further develops our network of partnerships. The Chair position will be an invaluable resource in expanding our students’ education and a welcome addition to our portfolio of research projects at QU,” Professor Al Misnad said.
The university has committed to supporting the position for three years, providing staff and related services and benefits and liaising with Oxy Qatar on the progress of the programme.
“Oxy takes great pride in supporting the new Faculty Chair and Supply Chain Management Programme at QU. In addition to expanding academic and professional opportunities, we believe it will benefit our industry as a whole, through the learning and sharing of best practices. All of us at Oxy look forward to the outcomes of this exciting endeavor,” Stephen Kelly said in his speech.