Qatar University, American University of Beirut Forge a Partnership in Food Security, Sustainability

Doha, Qatar University (QU)’s College of Arts and Sciences, and the American University of Beirut (AUB) have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote academic and research collaboration in the areas of food security and sustainable food production systems, aligning with global imperatives for environmentally conscious practices in food cultivation and distribution.

The MoU was signed by Vice President for Academic Affairs at QU Dr. Ibrahim Al Kaabi and Interim Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at AUB Dr. Ammar Olabi.

Dr. Al Kaabi, highlighted the significance of this collaboration, stating, “This partnership underscores our dedication to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in QU. Our joint efforts with AUB will address real challenges within sustainable practices and innovation in food security and business.” Echoing this sentiment, Dr. Ammar Olabi, emphasized the historic nature of this partnership, saying “Throughout our history, the relationship between AUB, QU, and esteemed colleagues has evolved significantly across multiple fields like environmental science, education, sustainable practices, and innovation in food security and business.” The agreement outlined initiatives and provisions for student exchange programs aimed at enhancing cultural understanding and academic exposure. Both universities will establish diverse opportunities, ranging from short visits to comprehensive semester-long programs. Moreover, the collaboration places a strong emphasis on collaborative research pursuits, encouraging joint endeavors that involve faculty and researchers from both institutions.

The agreement also focuses on integrating and complementing the academic and research capabilities of both institutions. This includes a strong emphasis on areas like sustainable production, climate-smart practices, nutrition security, post-harvest technology, food safety, and quality. In addition, the MoU emphasizes the joint efforts’ potential to drive impactful research initiatives, fostering innovation and knowledge exchange. Qatar University (QU)’s College of Arts and Sciences said in a press release that the partnership between QU and AUB represents a significant stride towards enhancing education, research, and community engagement in vital domains of food security and sustainability and underscores a shared commitment to nurture academic exchanges, facilitate staff exchanges, and jointly assess the outcomes of collaborative activities. It prioritizes continual dialogue and evaluation to ensure the alignment of teaching and research endeavors.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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