Dr. Salem Al Naemi, President of UDST; Antoinet van Schaijk, Head of Technology Pearl GTL and Vice President QSRTC; and other officials at the agreement signing ceremony.
Doha: The Doha University for Science and Technology (UDST) has launched a collaboration agreement with the Qatar Shell Research and Technology Center (QSRTC) to support engineering technology students in their capstone projects.
Dr. Rachid Benlamri, Vice President of Academic Affairs at UDST, and Antoinet van Schaijk, Head of Pearl GTL Technology and QSRTC Vice President, signed the agreement in the presence of several university officials and a delegation from the energy company.
The agreement sets out a common strategy to help students identify their appropriate capstone project and gain industry insights throughout the process. A capstone project is usually the final assignment in college, with students conducting research to develop an innovative solution to a real-world challenge.
A Qatar Shell engineer will guide students, provide feedback and help find the right resources to meet all of their project requirements. This includes documentation, software, training and access to equipment. The UDST will dedicate the technical supervision and allocate the necessary space to these projects, in addition to assistance in the reports, manufacture and testing of the prototypes.
In addition, this collaboration offers many opportunities for students to improve their work and develop new skills and competencies.
Commenting on the event, Dr. Salem Al Naemi, President of UDST said, “At UDST, we believe that applied education leads to academic excellence. Our students learn by applying the knowledge they have acquired to real-life contexts, and this type of learning can only be achieved with the support of our partners from different industries. Qatar Shell is one of our long-standing partners who have helped us nurture and guide ambitious young minds for years. It is a pleasure for us to partner again with this particular initiative and we look forward to great results. »
Antoinet van Schaijk, Head of Technology Pearl GTL and Vice President QSRTC, said: “Qatar Shell is actively supporting Qatar’s journey towards a knowledge-based economy. We are proud to share our skills and expertise with Qatar’s future leaders, so they can continue to innovate tomorrow’s technologies and meet the challenges ahead. Partnering with UDST on this initiative will help equip students with some of the tools they need to benefit from Qatar’s technical and economic development.