Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Korea Institute of Science & Technology Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP), following a visit by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), to South Korea last year.

The signing was attended by Dr Hamad Al Ibrahim, Executive Vice President, QF R&D; Dr Dirar Khoury, Executive Director, Research Coordination and Special Initiatives, QF R&D; and Dr Frans Van Den Boom, Executive Director, Policy, Planning, and Evaluations, QF R&D.

QF R&D, a main pillar of QF, plays an active role in promoting QF’s vision of cultivating life-long learning with interests in many areas including science and research in Qatar. It also aims to foster a progressive knowledge-based society in-line with the Qatar National Vision 2030.

The memorandum signing will allow QF R&D to incorporate KISTEP’s leading strategies and expertise in the fields of research, science, and technology. It will use this expertise to follow KISTEP’s successful model, which has resulted in rapid economic growth in South Korea due to the advancement of its science and technology abilities.

Dr Hamad Al Ibrahim hailed the signing, saying: “KISTEP shares a similar vision and mission to QF R&D, and that’s why partnering with KISTEP comes as a logical strategic step, where we exchange expertise and utilise both networks to further the research agenda. Partnering with KISTEP will fill the uncertainty gap and will help us to prepare better business plans through KISTEP’s very sophisticated tools, such as foresight technology planning.”

Professor Young Ah Park, President of KISTEP, said: “Through signing today’s MoU we hope to share our knowledge and experience in science and technology planning, coordination, and evaluation systems with QF R&D. As both QF R&D and KISTEP dedicate efforts to establish national policy and development strategies for the advancement of science and technology, I believe we can share valuable insights to promote innovation and the joint growth of both our countries.”