University of Doha for Science and Technology (UDST) has initiated a collaboration agreement with the Qatar Shell Research and Technology Center (QSRTC) to support Engineering Technology students with their capstone projects. Dr. Rachid Benlamri, Vice President, Academic Affairs at UDST and Antoinet van Schaijk, Pearl GTL Technology Manager and Vice President QSRTC signed the agreement in the presence of a number of University officials and a delegation from the energy company.
The agreement sets a joint strategy to help students identify their suitable capstone project and get industry insights throughout the process. A capstone project is usually the final assignment at university, with students carrying out research to develop an innovative solution to a real-world challenge.
A Qatar Shell engineer will guide the students, provide feedback and help find adequate resources to complete all requirements for their project. This includes documentation, software, training and access to equipment. UDST will dedicate technical supervision and will allocate the needed space for these projects, in addition to the support in reporting, manufacturing and testing the prototypes.
Furthermore, this collaboration brings forward many opportunities for the students to enhance 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 gained to real-world settings, 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 has been helping us for years to nurture and guide young ambitious minds. It is our pleasure to be partnering once again on this particular initiative and we look forward great outcomes.”
Antoinet van Schaijk, Pearl GTL Technology Manager and Vice President QSRTC said: “Qatar Shell is an active supporter of Qatar’s journey towards a knowledge-based economy. We are proud to share our skills and expertise with the future leaders of Qatar, so that they can continue to innovate the technologies of tomorrow and tackle the challenges that lay ahead of us. Partnering with UDST on this initiative will help to equip students with some of the tools they need to benefit the technical and economic development of Qatar.”
UDST has recently welcomed more than 6000 new and returning students for the Fall Semester 2022-2023, across 5 different Colleges: Business Management, Computing and Information Technology, Engineering, Health Sciences and General Education. This term saw an increase of 15% in the application rate and the admissions are currently open for the Winter Term 2023. UDST offers applied Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs in addition to diplomas and certificates. The programs are tailored to the needs of an ever-evolving local and global economy.