June 25, 2024
Qatar Tech

New Boost For Quantum Workforce In Qatar

As Q-CTRL And HBKU CSE Collaborate

Q-CTRL, a leader in quantum technology development, has confirmed that it is collaborating with Qatar’s Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s College of Science and Engineering (HBKU CSE) to advance quantum education and software.

The partnership reflects the shared priority across private and academic sectors and borders to build a skilled workforce prepared to advance the global quantum technology ecosystem.

The partnership between Q-CTRL and HBKU CSE is set to transform quantum technology in Qatar, as stated by Q-CTRL CEO Professor Michael J Biercuk’s speech at the 2024 Qatar Economic Forum (May 14-16, 2024).

Under the terms of the agreement, HBKU CSE’s Qatar Centre for Quantum Computing (QC2) will integrate Q-CTRL’s software. This includes Black Opal, a quantum educational platform, and Fire Opal, enhancing cloud quantum computer utility.

QC2, housed within HBKU CSE, will lead quantum research with three focus areas: communication, computation, and sensing, positioning Qatar as a global quantum research hub.

The partnership addresses quantum technology’s $850 billion potential, catering to growing demands and preparing a skilled quantum workforce.

QC2 will integrate Black Opal into its curriculum, ensuring students are well-versed in quantum technologies. Fire Opal will aid researchers in optimising quantum algorithms.

Dr Saif Al-Kuwari, Director of QC2, said: “This partnership marks a significant milestone in our efforts to foster academia-industry collaborations that enhance educational programmes and expand research capabilities in quantum computing.”

Professor Biercuk said: “The team at Q-CTRL is committed to realising the full opportunity for pride and prosperity presented by the quantum technology revolution.

“We are immensely proud to partner with Dr Al-Kuwari to share our expertise in Qatar and benefit from the talented base of students and academics at QC2. Qatar is a vibrant and innovative nation, and it is exciting to help shape the future of quantum technology in the region with our partners at HBKU.”

Q-CTRL’s focus on delivering helpful quantum technologies through infrastructure software and QC2’s leadership in research and education represents a strategic long-term investment in quantum technology in the Middle East region and beyond.

Featured image: HBKU QC2 will integrate Black Opal into its curriculum. Credit: Q-CTRL

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