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June 19, 2016

TAMUQ and Reconnaissance and Surveillance Center Sign Agreement To Explore Drone Technology

Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ) and Qatar’s Reconnaissance and Surveillance Center (RSC) signed a memorandum of understanding on 16 June to enhance collaboration and explore mutual opportunities for strategic partnerships.

The five-year agreement aims to provide scholarships and internships for engineering students at the branch campus; increase opportunities for custom-designed training and seminars to support the RSC’s operations and workforce; strengthen links between Texas A&M at Qatar and the Qatar Armed Forces to facilitate exchange of knowledge and expertise; and establish collaboration in research and discovery to support the center’s mission.

The center, which is part of the Ministry of Defense, protects Qatar’s borders and energy reserves, and participates in humanitarian and peacekeeping missions with its fleet of high-tech drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The technology is used for airborne surveillance needs in maritime border control missions and for supporting operations to secure Qatar’s hydrocarbon resources.

Signing on behalf of the RSC was center director General Khalid bin Ahmad Al-Kuwari, who said the new partnership represented a significant step forward in contributing to Qatar’s national vision of being a knowledge-based economy and helping to secure the continued safety and prosperity of the State of Qatar.

The partnership grew out of the RSC’s contributions to the Engineering Heroes Drone Camp, a STEM program for Qatari students hosted in April by Texas A&M at Qatar and Maersk Oil Qatar. Al-Kuwari spoke with Qatari students who participated in the program and encouraged them to study hard to attain the knowledge needed to support technology for Qatar’s national defense, saying that engineering is a calling for Qatar. He and other officers from the RSC also gave the students a preview of drone technology recently adopted by Qatar’s military forces.

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