Of the water-scarce countries in the world, Qatar ranks fifth: a statistic that conflicts with her vibrant population and expanding industrial base. Qatar needs more technical know-how—and will need to expand its water supply, wastewater treatment and power capacity over the next five years—if output is to keep ahead of growing demand.
Clearly, growth cannot continue unless the water and energy resources and infrastructure are as efficient as possible and, especially, sustainable. Qatar will respond to this challenge. To do so, however, Qatar has to have a core of Qatari-based scientists, engineers and administrators with advanced scientific and technical knowledge.
To address the pressing energy and water problems facing Qatar, Texas A&M at Qatar has introduced a major program, designated the Qatar Sustainable Water and Energy Utilization Initiative (QWE). This initiative will serve the community by working with the energy and industrial sectors, as well as research and educational institutions.