ExxonMobil Awards Qatar University QR 1,750,000 in Grant and Research Funding

Qatar University MoU Signing Ceremony

ExxonMobil and Qatar University work together on research that will positively impact the environment and people of Qatar.

Doha, Qatar, February 2010 – ExxonMobil awarded Qatar University's Environmental Studies Center (ESC) a QR 750,000 research grant and QR 1,000,000 to fund research on the coastal and marine ecology of northern Qatar. This funding follows last year’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that cemented the partnership between Qatar University and ExxonMobil Research Qatar (EMRQ). For this occasion, Dr Hassan Al-Derham, Vice-President for Research at Qatar University concluded: “The partnership that has been established between Qatar University and ExxonMobil Research Qatar is unique and an ideal model of collaboration between academia and industry to protect the local environment”.

Announcing the grant, Dr James R. Rigby, Research Director at ExxonMobil Research Qatar, stated: "ExxonMobil is pleased to recognize the accomplishments of the talented researchers at Qatar University's Environmental Studies Center by presenting the Center with a grant for QR 750,000 in support of their environmental science research. ExxonMobil and Qatar University have a robust partnership which continues to grow stronger. We are excited about our collaborations with Qatar University and our joint commitment to the Human and Environmental Development Pillars of the Qatar National Vision 2030”.

Dr Mohsin Al-Ansi, Director of the Environmental Studies Center said: "On behalf of Qatar University, I would like to express my gratitude for the generous research grant provided by ExxonMobil to the Environmental Studies Center. The grant will be used to build a laboratory and conduct a study on endangered medicinal plants found naturally in Qatar”.

The QR 1,000,000 research funding will be used for a baseline survey of an ecologically rich and biologically productive area along the northern Qatari coastline that has not been significantly impacted by human activities. The baseline survey is a necessary prerequisite for long term monitoring of the ecosystem. Data from this study, coupled with data obtained in follow-up monitoring surveys can be used to formulate scientifically sound, risk-based mitigation measures to protect the environment.

ExxonMobil's Environmental Science Research Lead at EMRQ, Dr Adeyinka Adenekan commented, "ExxonMobil and the Environmental Studies Center have established a strong research presence in Qatar. Together we will conduct research that will benefit Qatar and its people for years to come”.

About Qatar University
Qatar University is the national institution of higher education in Qatar. It provides high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare competent graduates, destined to shape the future of Qatar. The university community has diverse and committed faculty who teach and conduct research, which address relevant local and regional challenges, advance knowledge, and contribute actively to the needs and aspirations of society.

About ExxonMobil
ExxonMobil is the world’s largest publicly traded integrated petroleum and natural gas company. It operates facilities and markets products around the world, and explored for oil and natural gas on six continents. ExxonMobil leads the industry in almost every aspect of the energy and petrochemical business.

About ExxonMobil Research Qatar

ExxonMobil established ExxonMobil Research Qatar (EMRQ) as an anchor tenant at the Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) in Education City, Qatar. EMRQ houses offices, laboratories and a training area in QSTP to conduct research in areas of common interest to the State of Qatar and ExxonMobil.

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Qatar University
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ExxonMobil Qatar Inc.
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