Higher Education in Qatar – Knowledge-Based Economy

February 18, 2018
Higher Education in Qatar - Knowledge-based economy

Quality Education is a primary focus of the Government of the State of Qatar. Excellence in education in general and higher education in particular are key towards transforming Qatar into a knowledge-based and sustainable economy as envisaged in the Qatar National Vision (QNV) 2030.

Qatar National Vision 2030

One of QNV 2030’s four pillars is Human Development: “Qatar aims to build a modern world-class educational system that provides students with a first-rate education, comparable to that offered anywhere in the world.

The system will provide citizens with excellent training and opportunities to develop to their full potential and preparing them for success in a changing world with increasingly complex technical requirements.

The system will also encourage analytical and critical thinking, as well as creativity and innovation. It will promote social cohesion and respect for Qatari society’s values and heritage and will advocate for constructive interaction with other nations.

In order to further support human development, Qatar will aspire to be an active center in the fields of scientific research and intellectual activity. ”

Higher education in Qatar - A knowledge based economy

Higher Education in Qatar

As part of Qatar’s endeavor to set its education system to higher international standards, Qatar succeeded in bringing in several international universities of high caliber to establish campuses in Doha, the Capital of Qatar.

Qataris as well as residents of Qatar are having the benefit of studying in international prestigious universities on Qatar’s soil. They will also have access to state-of-the-art buildings and facilities, cutting edge technologies, research centers, healthy environments, and a friendly and welcoming community.

All universities in Qatar welcome international students as well.

Local Universities in Qatar

Among the local universities:

  • Qatar University (QU), the national higher education in Qatar and well respected internationally.
  • Hamad Bin Khalifa University, a graduate level research university, which was founded in 2010.
  • Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, established in 2015, and focuses on postgraduate studies.
  • Qatar Community College which was established in 2010 for arts, science, and applied sciences.

International universities that established campuses in Qatar:

  • Weill Cornell Medical College   Higher education in Qatar - A knowledge based economy
  • University College London
  • Georgetown University
  • HEC Paris
  • Texas A & M University
  • Northwestern University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • University of Calgary
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • College of North Atlantic
  • Stenden University

Here are some institutes:

  • Academic Bridge Program
  • Doha Film Institute

Programs Taught

The subjects taught varies by universities. Almost all subjects are covered giving students a wide variety of programs to study from. The programs include medicine, nursing, engineering, journalism, archaeology, conservation, law, art & design, museum, etc, to name just a few.  Higher education in Qatar - A knowledge based economy

Most of the universities are located in a massive state-of-the-art education city under Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development (QF).

Qatar Foundation

Qatar Foundation spearheaded several initiatives. Not only it established branch campuses of prestigious international universities, but also established joint ventures in the field of science and research, education and social development with global partners.

Qatar Foundation notable initiatives in the areas of science & research, arts & culture, environment, community and social development, among other initiatives are remarkable. They established:

Higher Education in Qatar - A knowledge based economy

Qatar National Research Fund, Qatar Science and Technology Park, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar Environmental and Energy Research Institute, and Qatar Biomedical Research Institute. 

They have also established Al Jazeera Children’s Channel, Reach Out to Asia, Qatar National Library, Qatar Digital Library, and Qatar Music Academy.

The list goes on and more projects are on the way.

Education Excellence and Knowledge-based Economy

The education system in Qatar is constantly developing and quality in education and training, especially in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), still remains a focus.

The main goal is that the citizens of Qatar will eventually have the necessary knowledge and skills to help transform the country into a knowledge-based economy and participate in the country’s rapid growth.

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  • Reply Carl March 6, 2018 at 20:54

    That is so cool to read about. I did not know that Qatar was working that much on its education infrastructure. I think it is awesome. Education, at least a good education is so important I think to have and it can benefit you for the rest of your life. There are some really good university campuses listed there too, that is great. That was an interesting read, thanks.

    • Reply Mona March 7, 2018 at 06:07

      Thank you Carl for your feedback. Yes, education here in Qatar is a major focus. Not only it will benefit students personally, but also, it will help transform the country into a knowledge-based economy. So it’s a win win situation. Great local and international universities here and students are coming from many countries to study in Qatar. Thank you once again for the feedback:)

  • Reply Yvette Clayton March 7, 2018 at 04:08

    I learned so much by reading this enlightening article. I did not know there were so many international universities that established campuses in Qatar. Many people may not know just how other countries outside the U.S. view higher education until they read an article like this. As someone who has taught and been a career adviser in higher education in the U.S. and worked with international students, it is great to know this type of information for awareness.

    This is great information for students as well. Do you ever have students who are interested in studying abroad because they have read enlightening articles such as this one?

    Keep up the great work.

    Kind Regards,

    • Reply Mona March 7, 2018 at 05:38

      Thank you Yvette for the wonderful feedback. Yes, education in general and higher education in particular is a major focus in Qatar. That’s why they brought in prestigious universities from the US and other parts of the world and established campuses for them so that students here get same quality education that their home campuses provide. I worked with international students when I was living in Canada. I helped them get into universities in Canada, USA, Australia, and UK. It was such a joy to be part of their academic success. As for now, I like to give them as much information as possible to help them make informed decisions. Whenever, I learn something new, I’ll spread the information so that everyone benefits. Thank you again 🙂

  • Reply Chandra Ellington April 1, 2018 at 17:48

    This article will no doubt gain the interest of many students who are interested in studying in the Middle East. The support that the State of Qatar has received in an effort to achieve their goals has been overwhelming. The list of international universities that established campuses in Qatar was impressive. High school students who are blessed by receiving this information will have an opportunity to study in Qatar at one of the prestigious universities that all come with state-of-the-art buildings and facilities, cutting edge technologies, research centers, healthy environments, and a friendly and welcoming community. The time you spent researching this information and sharing it will be of benefit to many.

    • Reply Mona April 2, 2018 at 09:25

      Thank you Chandra for your comment. Qatar is putting great emphasis on education. Human development is one of the main pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030 and high quality education is the start. The international universities campuses in the Education City here in Qatar are indeed prestigious and Qatar offered them state-of-the-art buildings with all high-end facilities. Qatar is moving in the right direction towards transforming into a knowledge-based economy. Many thanks again for your comment.

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