Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has signed a tenancy agreement with the Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP). In support of Qatar’s mission to create a hub for technology development, education and research in the region, this initiative will provide a focal point for activities to develop intellectual capital. Working closely with local industry and academics, OSyS, the wholly owned subsidiary of Rolls-Royce, will take the lead in establishing a research, training and development program in the QSTP.
An Asset Optimization Centre (AOC) will be created to enable commercial airlines to enhance operational and environmental performance whilst reducing costs. The AOC will utilise the same world class analytical techniques used in the Rolls-Royce Operations Centre and is the first of its kind to ever be deployed in a technology park. In addition, following successful first flight of a Qatar Airlines aircraft powered by alternative fuels on 12 October 2009, further research will be undertaken with industry and academic partners.
Dr. Tidu Maini, Science and Technology Advisor, Chairman Qatar Science and Technology Park, Miles Cowdry, Director- Global Corporate Development, Rolls-Royce, and Andrew Hutson-Smith, Vice President – Middle East Operations, OSyS, took part in a signing ceremony at Dubai Airshow.
Miles Cowdry, Director- Global Corporate Development, Rolls-Royce, said: “We are proud to be part of the Qatar Science and Technology Park. Today’s agreement underscores our commitment to working across industry and academia in support of the Qatar National Vision. Our activity will enable development of core skills and partnerships which are critical to developing a competitive and diversified economy.”
Dr. Tidu Maini, Science and Technology Advisor, Chairman Qatar Science and Technology Park, said: “This collaboration will develop a solid foundation for young Qataris, having Rolls-Royce in QSTP will help us deliver great technologies and will form a part of our path to support the national vision of Qatar. We are very keen to develop capacity building programmes and this endeavour, overall, will be beneficial for Qatar and beyond. We are pleased to have Rolls-Royce as part of QSTP.”
Andrew Hutson-Smith, Vice President – Middle East Operations, OSyS, said: “OSyS is a world leader in asset optimisation and environmental management solutions and this agreement provides an excellent opportunity to assist development of a sustainable and skilled workforce. We work with industry and academic partners around the world and look forward to bringing our knowledge and expertise to bear in Qatar.”
Early collaborating partners include Qatar Airways and Dolphin Energy. It is expected that activities will commence in early 2010.
Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP), of which, Qatar Robotic Surgery Centre is a proud member, was founded by the Emir as part of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. QSTP works to transform Qatar into a knowledge-based economy by attracting commercially oriented research and development. It is located in the vicinity of Carnegie Mellon, Texas A&M, Weill Cornell and other leading universities which are also a part of Qatar Foundation. QSTP provides an environment for local and international companies to interact with the universities and develop new technologies.