RTI International Strengthening Relations, Building Collaborations in Qatar

QATAR— As part of efforts to strengthen relations and research collaborations in Arabian Gulf states, RTI has signed agreements with Qatar University and the Social Rehabilitation Center, both premier Qatari research organizations.

The memorandums of understanding, signed Oct. 13 and 14 respectively, are the first of several planned in the coming weeks and months with Qatari institutes of higher education and research.

RTI also has applied to open an office in the Qatar Science and Technology Park, which if accepted, will provide RTI a presence to build its research programs in collaboration with Qatari partners. 

“Qatar’s role as a leader in creating a regional knowledge-based economy is an excellent fit with RTI’s mission,” said Tim Gabel, executive vice president of Social, Statistical and Environmental Sciences at RTI. “This is a country where we can have a positive impact, and can help Qatar develop its capacity to conduct world-class research on major social and scientific problems.”

RTI researchers are working on several other projects in the Arabian Gulf, in the areas of environment, health, education, energy, and technology.

In the United Arab Emirates, RTI staff members manage environmental protection programs and evaluate energy efficiency projects for the government of Abu Dhabi, and in Saudi Arabia, RTI is working with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) to help build the university’s capabilities in technology transfer and commercialization.

To better support its evolving project requirements in the Arabian Gulf region, RTI opened a new office in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in November 2008.
 

Tim J. Gabel

Highlights

  • RTI signed agreements with Qatar University and Qatar’s Social Rehabilitation Center
  • RTI applied to open an office in the Qatar Science and Technology Park
  • RTI researchers are working on several other projects in the Arabian Gulf, in the areas of environment, health, education, energy, and technology