Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

ISR renews global partnership with Qatar University

The Institute for Social Research has renewed its partnership agreement with Qatar University's Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI).

  Qatar University President Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad and Provost Phil Hanlon renew a partnership between their two universities as ISR Director James Jackson (left) and SESRI Director Darwish Al-Emadi look on. (Photo by Ali Hussein)

The agreement expands on a 2008 partnership to develop SESRI's capacity as a leading social science research organization in Qatar and a key contributor to social science research in the Persian Gulf region.

Qatar University President Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad and U-M Provost Philip Hanlon signed the agreement Sunday in Doha, Qatar, with SESRI Director Darwish Al-Emadi and ISR Director James Jackson looking on.

Also attending the signing ceremony were Susan Ziadeh, U.S. ambassador to Qatar; Humaid Al-Midfaa, QU vice president; Mazen Hasna, QU acting vice president for academic affairs; Saif Al-Sowaidi QU vice president for institutional planning and development; Nancy Burns, director of the ISR Center for Political Studies; and several SESRI faculty and students, and staff members of the U.S. Embassy in Qatar.

"In continuing this collaboration with ISR, we will benefit further from the experience of working with a premier research university known for its wealth of social science research and teaching experience," Al-Emadi said.

"All of us at the U-M have consistently found our collaboration with SESRI not only enjoyable but also deeply rewarding," said Mark Tessler, vice provost for international affairs.

"In four short years, SESRI has built a fully operational survey research institute that carries out studies of a quality and scope that are unmatched in the Gulf. Inspired and assisted by the ISR, the surveys SESRI conducts are state-of-the-art and consistent with the standards of leading survey research centers anywhere in the world."