The Qatar Transportation and Traffic Safety Centre (QTTSC) at Qatar University’s College of Engineering (QU-CENG) recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the International Road Federation (IRF) to establish collaboration on the exchange of information and expertise on traffic safety.
QU vice-president for Academic Affairs Dr Omar al-Ansari and IRF director-general Susanna Zammataro signed the MoU in the presence of CENG dean Dr Khalid Kamal Naji, QTTSC director Prof Faris Tarlochan, as well as QU faculty and staff.
The terms of the MoU include collaboration on the evaluation of the current studies and consultations in the area of traffic safety.
Both parties will co-operate to develop effective road safety initiatives such as awareness campaigns and new training programmes for drivers and road professionals and will run development programmes in co-ordination with international organisations and research centres, QU has said in a statement. Other areas of collaboration include joint research projects in areas of transportation and traffic safety.
Commenting on the MoU, Dr Naji said: “Road safety is one of the main areas of interest in Qatar, and the College of Engineering — through QTTSC — continues to highlight its commitment to road safety by investing in research and awareness programmes that would help find sustainable solutions to the road and traffic challenges in Qatar.
“This MoU demonstrates CENG’s continuous efforts to contribute to road safety in Qatar by reducing road traffic crashes and developing a safe road transport system in line with the National Road Safety Strategy.”
Zammataro added, “We are delighted to strengthen our collaboration with Qatar University. The challenges we face when it comes to road safety require us to work very closely together.”