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
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
- 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
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.
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 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:
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.