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Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015  

ExxonMobil Qatar and Qatar University sign monumental science and technology chair agreement

DOHA, Qatar – ExxonMobil Qatar and Qatar University (QU) have signed an agreement for the exclusive three-year sponsorship of an academic chair in science and technology education at the university.

The agreement, a significant milestone in the long history of collaboration between the two organizations, was signed by Mr. Alistair Routledge, President and General Manager for ExxonMobil Qatar, and Dr. Hassan Rashid Al-Derham, QU President, in the presence of faculty members and university administrators at a ceremony held on the QU campus.

The ExxonMobil Chair in Science and Technology will work closely with QU’s College of Education to explore methods that provide teachers with an improved educational experience in the fields of science and technology, in addition to increasing the numbers and quality of Arabic science and technology teaching and learning resources. 

The Chair will also collaborate with various QU faculty members in encouraging a larger number of students to enter science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) career pathways, among others. 

“We are delighted to begin yet another partnership with Qatar University, and to build on the excellent relationship we have developed over the years,” Routledge said. “The ExxonMobil Chair in Science and Technology Education is a crucial position that involves strategizing and identifying opportunities for development, and we are honored to support the university in developing Qatar’s next generation of scientists and engineers. We look forward to seeing the positive outcomes of this very important partnership for ExxonMobil Qatar and Qatar University, in line with our joint vision of providing quality education for Qatar’s youth.”

Dr. Al-Derham said: “This is another initiative in a number of agreements signed with ExxonMobil Qatar in recent days which attests to our long relationship with the organization that has yielded many academic and research opportunities on both sides.  The ExxonMobil Chair in Science and Technology Education will bring added value and expertise to our faculty body, enriching not only Qatar University’s interdisciplinary approach to science and technology but also the region’s academic resources in this area.  Further, the agreement reflects and advances both institutions’ strategic commitment to promoting science, technology, engineering and math among young nationals, as an initiative of critical importance to the country’s development and progress.”  

ExxonMobil’s Outlook for Energy predicts that by 2040, the world will need 35 percent more energy than consumed today, which means a corresponding increase in demand for professionals in fields such as the energy sector, which work to meet this demand. 

To help address this upturn, ExxonMobil Qatar has made it a priority to reinvigorate students’ interest in science and math at all ages – the key to building a competitive workforce and ensuring students get the education needed to become the engineers and innovators of tomorrow. For many years, ExxonMobil Qatar has partnered with QU and other local entities to support this mission through a variety of projects and programs that are driving human potential across the country; supporting research, safety, health and the environment; and helping sustain the country’s already thriving society.  


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.

About Qatar University:

Qatar University is one of the leading institutions of academic and research excellence in the GCC region. It provides high quality undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare competent graduates, primed to shape the future of Qatar. The organization's strong relationship with Qatari society is reflected in its community service efforts and in its vibrant research portfolio that addresses relevant local and regional challenges, advances national goals towards a knowledge-based economy, and contributes actively to the needs and aspirations of the society.


Tara Seetharam, ExxonMobil

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