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QU launches five-year research road map

June 26, 2014

Doha: To demonstrate its growing role as the nation's research engine to drive the vision of a knowledge-based society, Qatar University (QU) on Monday launched its research road map for 2014-2019, identifying priority areas and outlining its goals.

As a national university of world-class education and high quality research that is aligned with national objectives and the needs of the community, the event was an opportunity for QU to detail its main areas of focus and the strategic plan for its achievement.

Entitled 'Advancing Research for Qatar's Future', the road map lists QU's four priority research areas energy, environment and resource sustainability; social change and identity; population, health and wellness; and information and communication technologies (ICT).

Each has sub-themes respectively liquefied natural gas and alternative energy, materials and nanotechnology, marine resources and water, air & food security; modernisation, national identity and society, Islam & contemporary issues, and education and capacity building; prevention & treatment of chronic non-communicable diseases, and traffic safety; and intelligent and secure information processing, distributed systems and e-Services, and enabling technologies.

Plans for implementation of the road map include the establishment of 12 interdisciplinary groups to address the sub-themes. The key impact is expected to be felt in the number and quality of PhD programmes and post-doctoral training as well as stimulation of undergraduate research and creating mass in the priority areas within QU and Qatar.

QU President Prof Sheikha Al Misnad highlighted the university's commitment to support a research agenda that meets the current and future needs of the country and matching it with new developments in the field of research.

"I believe that the strategy and implementation plan will contribute significantly to refocusing research efforts at the university and maximising the return on investment in the field of research, thereby realising our mission of research excellence, one of its fundamental pillars," she said.

The event agenda included presentations by QU Vice-President for Research, Dr Hassan Al Derham, Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI) Director and Associate Vice-President for Research, Dr Darwish Al Emadi, Office of Research Adviser, Prof Fadhil N Sadooni, Laboratory Animals Research Centre (LARC) Director, Dr Hamda Al Naemi, Associate Vice-President for Research, Dr Bhanu Pratap Chowdhary, and Kindi Lab for Computing Research Director, Dr Qutaibah Malluhi.

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