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Monday, Sept. 7, 2015  

ExxonMobil Research Qatar and Qatar University sign research scholars program agreement

DOHA, Qatar – ExxonMobil Research Qatar (EMRQ) and Qatar University (QU) have signed an agreement to launch the Qatar University ExxonMobil Research Scholars Program - the most recent of several research collaborations shared by EMRQ and QU.

The agreement was signed by Mr. Alistair Routledge, President and General Manager for ExxonMobil Qatar, and Dr. Hassan Rashid Al-Derham, President of Qatar University, during a ceremony that took place at the QU campus in the presence of faculty members, university administrators, and ExxonMobil Qatar and EMRQ staff.

EMRQ and QU have a shared commitment to advance science and technology in Qatar through research and development, and to promote academic excellence through strategic investment in human capital, innovative technology and state-of-the-art facilities. As part of the research scholars agreement, QU and EMRQ intend to develop programs designed to not only promote academic and industry relations, but also to foster innovation and facilitate the development and use of state-of-the-art technology. 

QU and EMRQ will also mutually support a number of post-graduate research projects in the fields of environmental risk assessment, and monitoring and water re-use. These research projects are intended to lead to academic publications, which encourage the academic development of students.

“We are thrilled to embark on the Qatar University ExxonMobil Research Scholars Program. Qatar University is an ideal partner with whom we can continue to promote educational excellence because we share a vision and commitment to developing the next generation of scientists and engineers - the ones that will carry Qatar forward into a prosperous future,” said Alistair Routledge, President and General Manager for ExxonMobil Qatar. “Our research efforts with the university have made a significant impact in Qatar over the years, and we are positive this particular collaboration will deliver many more benefits for the country and its people.” 

Dr. Hassan Al-Derham, Qatar University President said:  “Our relationship with ExxonMobil has facilitated a number of projects that have benefitted our students and researchers and contributed considerably to our goal of promoting a vibrant culture of research at Qatar University. We are especially enthusiastic about partnering with ExxonMobil Research Qatar on this initiative and look forward to reaping the fruits of this collaboration in the form of outstanding research output, notably in the areas of environmental risk assessment, and monitoring and water re-use for the benefit of our students, researchers and the industry.”  

“We are extremely pleased to be entering yet another exciting partnership with Qatar University,” said Dr. Jennifer Dupont, Research Director for EMRQ. “Our teams have been actively working together on a number of programs to build research and technology capacity in Qatar that will help advance industry and academia in the country. I am certain that this collaboration will go a long way in fostering innovation, and will strengthen STEM-based research by providing a stimulating and supportive research environment for Qatar’s future scientists and researchers.” 

EMRQ and QU undertook their initial joint project in 2010, a comprehensive ecological baseline study conducted with QU’s Environmental Studies Center. It involved the ecologically rich and biologically productive area along a 35 km stretch of the Qatar Marine Zone (QMZ) that extended 20 km offshore and as far as 1 km inland. The study, which included a comprehensive ecosystem analysis, identified scores of species not previously documented in the QMZ.  

In 2010, EMRQ also launched its Water Re-Use Research Program, and as part of this program, QU and EMRQ announced in 2012 the university’s appointment to conduct a 12-month QR 2.2 million study. The goal of the study was to develop technologies that would utilize industrial water in ways that are beneficial to Qatar. The study also assessed the potential to treat industrial waste water through phytoremediation, a process using plants to naturally clean the water.  

The most recent collaboration between EMRQ and QU is a tri-party agreement signed with Texas A&M at Galveston in 2014 to further environmental research and marine mammal initiatives, including those to preserve the dugong population in the State of Qatar coastal waters.  

EMRQ exemplifies how ExxonMobil provides the energy to drive human potential and support research, safety, health and the environment, in line with the Human and Environmental Development Pillars of the Qatar National Vision 2030.


About ExxonMobil Research Qatar:

ExxonMobil established ExxonMobil Research Qatar (EMRQ) as an anchor tenant at Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) in Education City, Qatar. ExxonMobil Qatar Inc. is a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation and is the interface point within Qatar for all ExxonMobil affiliated activities. To learn more, visit or wwwإكسون-موبيل-قطر

About ExxonMobil:

ExxonMobil, the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, uses technology and innovation to help meet the world’s growing energy needs. ExxonMobil holds an industry-leading inventory of resources, is the largest refiner and marketer of petroleum products, and its chemical company is one of the largest in the world. The term “ExxonMobil” is used for convenience and may include Exxon Mobil Corporation or any affiliates it directly or indirectly stewards.


Tara Seetharam, ExxonMobil

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