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Chair of His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani
in the field of GIS and remote sensing



About the Chair

The initiation of this chair is based on the grant kindly provided by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar, to the Arabian Gulf University in support to the advancement of the university and to achieve its goals and its future expectations.

The grant for this academic chair was given by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al- Thani, to the Arabian Gulf University in the beginning of the academic year 1997-1998.

At the beginning of the academic year 2001-2002, a developmental plan for geographic information systems and remote sensing was constructed which consisted of four phases to be completed within four years, as follows:

  • Evaluation of physical and human resources and the preparation of a plan.
  • Building the capacity for laboratory infrastructure, and fundamental human resources.
  • Investing in the common qualities of the existing programs.
  • Establishing a new program in GIS and remote sensing.
Goals of the Chair
  • Teaching GIS and remote sensing techniques and its applications, and developing a new study plan, which complies with the needs of graduate programs at the University.
  • Supervising the research activities which lead to advanced degrees (Higher Diploma, Master’s and PhD).
  • Organizing seminars and training courses to serve workers and professionals to institutions Gulf-governmental, private, academic and geographic information systems and remote sensing.
  • Promoting the usage and research of GIS techniques and remote sensing applications for different purposes in the Gulf region.
  • Cooperation in research and development activities with national institutions, and regional organizations in the Gulf.
Most important achievements
  • Established two fully equipped labs with the latest technologies for GIS and remote sensing, to teach, train, and aid in scientific research.
  • Established a technical unit of GIS and remote sensing to aid in teaching, training and doing scientific research and studies to represent the University and serve the community in the relevant areas.
  • Prepared studies and contract research
  • Teaching and supervision, proposed and adopted ten new courses that have been approved by the University Council and implemented.
  • Scientific research
  • Community service, including training courses and educational seminars
  • Development of a new area of specialization in GIS and remote sensing within the [Desert and arid lands program] , in order to create specialists at the level of Diploma and Masters in these disciplines, according to a new study plan, and that professionals started in the academic year 2007-2008.
  • Won the [Sheikh Zayed International Award on environment] in 2005, with an international team of experts that have been approved by the following organizations: UNEP, UN-MA, UN-OOSA, ASTF.

GIS and Remote Sensing Program
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