Qatar University’s Energy and Environmental Law Forum (QUEELF) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Qatar Petroleum Development Co Ltd (QPD), from Japan, to strengthen understanding of and research into energy, environment and sustainability law.
The MoU was signed by QU President, Professor Sheikha Abdulla Al Misnad, and General Manager of QPD, Satoru Nakanishi, to formalise QPD acting as the founding sponsor of the College of Law’s Energy and Environmental Law Forum and in support of the college’s efforts to build local capacity through research and student industry exposure programmes.
The official signing ceremony took place in the presence of the Ambassador of Japan, Kenjiro Monji, QU’s Acting Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Dr Mazen Hasna, Dean of the College of Law, Dr Hassan Okour, and other dignitaries.
QPD is a Japanese joint venture oil development and producing company. Its partnership with the forum enables it to focus on strategic energy and environmental education initiatives, directing its corporate social responsibility efforts in Qatar toward educational activities relating to energy.
College of Law Dean Dr Okour outlined how QU students will be central to the initiative, taking part in a field trip to Japan, visiting education institutions and industrial facilities related to energy and the environment, to enhance their “educational, social and cultural development” which will be facilitated by QPD’s financial commitment to the forum.
Professor Sheikha Al Misnad said: “This collaboration will play an important role in advancing expertise of energy and the environment in Qatar, reflecting the state’s commitment to sustainable development. We look forward to a successful partnership with QPD and are thankful to them for all their support.”
Satoru Nakanishi said: “We have maintained safe and stable operations, especially through zero gas flaring, since the commencement of commercial production in 2006. We believe that sustainable mitigation of the environmental influence is one of the most important missions as an energy company.”
In his welcome speech Dr Hassan Okour said: “We very much appreciate QPD’s generosity and its goodwill toward the College of Law’s project on energy and environmental law and for the deep commitment to developing students and faculty, to allow the College’s graduates to fulfil their real potential to best serve in the continued development of Qatar.”
This partnership further strengthens a history of academic exchange and interaction between QU and Japan. Last year a number of QU students undertook a trip to Japan and in 2011, QU signed an agreement for post-graduate exchanges with the Japan Institute of Science and Technology.
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