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Siemens plans development centre in Qatar

Development centre to be launched by end of 2010 in Doha.

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Siemens CEO Peter Loescher has underlined the importance of the GCC to the company with a recent visit to the region.
Siemens CEO Peter Loescher has underlined the importance of the GCC to the company with a recent visit to the region.

Siemens has announced plans to launch a development centre in Doha, Qatar, aiming to develop local access to specialist technology and engineering disciplines. The centre will be hosted at Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP), a home for technology based international companies and part of the Qatar Foundation.

When launched at the end of 2010, the centre will host technology sessions on clinical innovation, focused on specialists from the healthcare industry. The overall target is to reach approximately 600 candidates by the end of 2013.

The centre will include an industry research laboratory that will undertake research in fields such as transportation solution system design, operability and maintainability; integrated mobility strategies such as light rail vehicles for extreme climates, and energy assessment for light rail systems. Siemens also plans to set up a clinical training facility for doctors and technicians in Qatar and the region that will deliver courses for clinical applications.

Dr. Tidu Maini, Executive Chairman of QSTP, said of these plans “the collaboration between Siemens, QSTP and our clients is a testament to the commitment Siemens is making to the development of applied research in the fields of engineering and medicine. Siemens has a prestigious commercial track record in Qatar and I believe that the establishment of this development centre will make a significant contribution helping QSTP support the delivery of the Qatar National Vision 2030.”

“The establishment of this centre in Qatar is a natural progression of our historic relationship with the Middle East region – a key region for Siemens,” said Professor Hermann Requardt, Chief Technology Officer of Siemens AG. “The increasing demand for new infrastructure highlights both the need for the latest technologies and also the development of the specialist scientific and engineering knowledge here. Thus, the establishment of this centre is also testimony to expansive investments that the Qatari government is making, into developing top-level higher education and leadership talent in the region,” said Requardt.
 

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