The importance of the continued collaboration between Qatar University (QU) and Japan in the fields of education, culture and research was underlined during the internal grant announcement ceremony.
The event was organized by the Research Support Office of the Research and Graduate Studies Sector of QU in the presence of the Vice-President, Prof. Mariam al-Maadeed.
Faculty members, associate deans in research, directors of various centers, researchers, industry players and a delegation from the Japanese Embassy were in attendance.
At the event, Toshiaki Hato, Director of Marubeni Doha, announced the introduction of two new programs sponsored by Marubeni: Concept To Prototype (CTP) and Qatar-Japan Research Collaboration (QJRC).
CTP aims to achieve the best basic research results and exploit them at the next level of prototyping and exploitation, while QJRC is a collaborative program between QU and 11 Japanese universities.
With the addition of these programs and the continuation of the previous ones, the number of new scholarships at Qatar University has increased to 116.
During the event, the Research Support Office previewed the grant statistics. The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and Colleges of Engineering (CENG) have been shown to lead the way in collectively claiming nearly 60% of total grants.
The College of Business & Economics (CBE) has increased the number of its scholarships awarded primarily under the new CTP program. The College of Shariah & Islamic Studies (CSIS) received its first grants under the Collaborative Grants program.
International collaboration through the International Collaborative Research Co-Fund (IRCC) has greatly benefited all research pillars of Qatar University, including energy and environment, health and science. biomedical, information and communication technologies, and social and human sciences.
Likewise, the new QJRC and CTP programs were supported by increased production in each sector, particularly the Information and Communication Technologies and Energy and Environment sectors.
This year, through IRCC, QU launched joint projects with Sultan Qaboos University under the Qatar-Oman Research Collaboration (QORC). Together, the two universities have successfully co-funded six projects. The collaborations will further strengthen ties with Sultan Qaboos University, a strategic regional partner.