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Everyone deserves a good education and we would like to, at the very least, give every young person the opportunity to reach their full potential.

HH Sheika Moza Bint NasserConsort of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, former Emir of the State of Qatar.

The OMA-designed building, which opened earlier this week, houses several collections of Qatar's most important texts and manuscripts on Arab-Islamic civilisation.

Inside, display shelves stretch out across terraces in every corner of the 138-metre-long library, and platforms jut out over the archives sunk into the centre of the structure.

As a result, the introduction of Education City has not just spurred new creative industries in Qatar; it has challenged societal expectations of what had been considered male-dominated fields. Nowhere is this clearer than in the startling statistics of female enrollment in the field of engineering across the country.

At Texas A&M University at Qatar (Texas A&M at Qatar), a QF partner university, 70 percent of female undergraduate students are Qatari, while women account for 45.7 percent of the total student body. The latter figure is more than twice the US national average of women in engineering (20.9 percent) and that of female enrollment in engineering at Texas A&M’s main campus in College Station, Texas, (21.9 percent).

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