ALL ABOUT TOTAL EDUCATION IN QATAR
We’ve had a presence in Qatar for more than 80 years, and now employ more than 430 employees, from 43 different nationalities. Total’s educational activities in Qatar include partnerships with oil and gas companies and academia to facilitate knowledge transfer through trainings, research projects, international events and conferences too!
THE TOTAL INNOVATION FORUM
Continuing our focus on Total’s educational activities in Qatar: The Total Innovation Forum. It was launched by Total in December 2016, to celebrate the 80th anniversary of our presence in Qatar. Under the patronage of Qatar Foundation and Qatar University, the event was attended by H.E. Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al-Thani, Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation, and H.E. Eric Chevallier, Ambassador of France to Qatar. The event was a fruitful opportunity to share knowledge on research and development topics. Discussions by representatives from Qatari and French institute have already resulted in several collaborations and joint initiatives.
INTRODUCING PROFESSOR NIMIR ELBASHIR
“My name is Nimir Elbashir, and I am a Professor in the Chemical Engineering Program and the Petroleum Engineering Program at Texas A&M University at Qatar, a branch of Texas A&M University since 2011. I am the Director of the Engineering Experiment Station Gas and Fuels Research Center here, and the focus of my research activities is the design of advanced reactors, catalysts and conversion processes for natural gas, coal, and CO2 into ultra-clean fuels and value-added chemicals.
The collaboration between academia and industry in Qatar is a critical step in establishing world-class research facilities in Qatar and to facilitate knowledge transfer. It is a win-win situation as academia benefit from working on real life problems of direct relevance to industry need, whilst industry benefits from the outcome of the research work and opportunities for early training.
I have the pleasure of working with Total on a mega research project involving utilizing Qatar’s CO2 to produce ultra-clean fuels and value-added chemicals. Total played a critical role in building up the infrastructure for this project and in supporting it in several ways. Through the support of Total teams both in Feluy, Belgium and in Doha I was able to build up a strong proposal that has been considered of great merit to the state of Qatar.
As well as their daily involvement in the project, Total also provides high-level consultation services to ensure the quality of the research work, and also to investigate the scalability of the possibly developed catalysts and processes from this project. Working with the Total teams has been a great experience, and I found them supportive and extremely collaborative.”