What started with a single school has transformed into ‘Education City,’ a 12 square kilometer campus housing multiple educational and research institutes.
Education City, our flagship initiative, is a pretty unique place. During just one short walk—or tram ride—around campus, you could be visiting an Ivy League university, cross the street to browse one of the region’s largest libraries, and then attend an open-mic at the neighboring university behind it.
That’s just how life is when you’re part of the close-knit community at Education City. It’s a place with branch campuses of some of the world’s leading educational institutes, a homegrown research university, start-up incubators, technology parks, heritage sites, cultural institutions, and so much more.
By studying at any of our branch campuses in Qatar, our students receive a Western education in a Middle Eastern setting, obtaining the same degree as that of the university’s main campus.
The classes in Education City are small and provide more individualized interactions between professors and students. Even with the small sizes, our classes have students with remarkably diverse backgrounds and experiences.
In Education City, students not only partake in extracurricular activities offered by their respective institutes, but can also benefit from research, travel, and funding opportunities offered by other universities, as well as Qatar Foundation and its entities.
The student life in Education City is also enriched by combined events, collaborative initiatives, and the shared amenities and services of our cutting-edge facilities.
After gaining admission into our universities, students have the unique opportunity to cross-register for classes at other branch campuses and pursue joint minors and certificates, which consist of taking classes with professors from different universities.
Students at our pre-university schools also get a taste of university life by taking undergraduate classes through the Academic Bridge Program, or by participating in the programs organized by the universities for high-schoolers.
As President of Northwestern, I can tell you, nothing makes me prouder than to have a campus here in Doha producing graduates who are skilled in journalism, filmmaking, and communication and carry the name of our university far and wide as they use their skills for the betterment of mankind.
At Qatar Foundation, everything starts with education. From preschool all the way to postgraduate studies, we offer learning opportunities for students of all ages and abilities.Learn more about our education programs
For K-12 students, we provide various programs ranging from IB-accredited school systems to specialized schools. Our higher education offerings—ranging from undergraduate to postdoctoral degrees—include programs in media, international affairs, business, computer science, medicine, engineering, cultural heritage, knowledge management, and arts.
A private, top-ranked, and global university, Carnegie Mellon sets its own course with programs that inspire creativity and collaboration. Since 2004, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar has offered select programs in science, business, and technology that prepare graduates to be leaders, creators, and problem-solvers.
If you’re interested in a degree from a leading foreign affairs university, you can apply to Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q). Established in Education City in 2005, GU-Q offers a four-year undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) degree. The liberal arts education at GU-Q offers students training in a wide range of subjects, along with the ability to specialize in key international affairs topics.
Founded in 2010, Hamad Bin Khalifa University is a homegrown graduate-focused university that acts as a catalyst for transformative change in Qatar and the region. Through applying creativity to knowledge, students at HBKU have the opportunity to discover innovative solutions that are locally relevant and have a global impact.
To explore the world of media and communication, you can study at Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q), a modern media school that opened in Qatar in 2008. NU-Q offers undergraduate education in journalism and communication with a strong liberal arts foundation. Northwestern’s programs are ranked as some of the best in the world and prepare the students to become leaders in the global media industry as executives, journalists, producers, directors, editors, and much more.
If you are interested in pursuing a career in engineering, Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ) offers one of the world’s premier engineering programs, built on its home campus’ international reputation in engineering. Since its establishment in 2003, students at TAMUQ have been learning from some of the world’s most acclaimed scholars and researchers. The university dedicates tremendous resources to advanced research, and students work closely with faculty and graduate students throughout their academic career.
At UCL Qatar, you can receive an education in cultural heritage of the highest quality from one of the world’s leading multi-disciplinary universities, University College London (UCL). Since its establishment in 2012, UCL Qatar has offered innovative postgraduate degree programmes that are challenging, creative, and designed to produce highly skilled and motivated professionals who will become the cultural leaders of tomorrow.
You can unleash your inner artist or designer by becoming part of VCUarts Qatar, a branch campus of Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia. VCUarts Qatar, the first university to be founded at Qatar Foundation, has established itself as a center of excellence for education and research in art and design over the past 20 years, and has substantial involvement with the emerging design industries in Qatar.
If you’re an aspiring doctor, you can join Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar, which shares the tripartite mission of Weill Cornell Medicine in New York: a dedication to excellence in education, patient care, and research. Established in 2001 as the first medical school in Qatar, WCM-Q offers an integrated program of pre-medical and medical studies leading to the Cornell University MD degree.
If you’re a professional or an executive in a senior management position, you can enhance your leadership skills through the various programs offered at HEC Paris in Qatar. Since 2010, HEC Paris in Qatar’s world-class executive education has been building corporate competitiveness within the global economy. Its management programs and research activities are designed to support the transformation of GCC economies into advanced, competitive, and knowledge-based economies.
Qatar Academy Al Khor was established to serve the needs of the Al Khor community in the north of Qatar. It educates over 900 (predominantly local) students.
Qatar Academy Al Wakra (QAW) was founded to serve the needs of the rapidly growing Al Wakra coastal community. Currently, it serves over 900 students from preschool to Grade 9 and is continuing to expand by one grade level each year.
Qatar Academy Doha (QAD) is the largest school in the Qatar Foundation family, with over 1,700 students. QAD is organized administratively into a Primary School, Middle School, and High School, with an Early Education Center (EEC) for children as young as 6 months of age.
Qatar Academy for Science and Technology is a newly opened school that specializes in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). It’s Qatar’s only STEM school offering both a US Diploma through Advanced Placement Courses and UK A Levels certification. Starting from Grade 8, the program offers three course curriculums in Engineering, Computer Science and Biomedical Sciences. Students actively participate in internships and research projects with academic institutes and industrial organizations all over the country, including their neighbors in Education City.
Qatar Academy Msheireb was established in 2014 as an innovative dual language elementary school. A candidate school for IB’s Primary Years Programme, the school serves over 400 students ranging from Pre-K to Grade 5, after which students graduate to other local or Qatar Foundation schools.
Qatar Academy Sidra (QAS) is a rapidly growing school, currently serving over 500 students that represent over 40 nationalities. Located in Education City, QAS celebrates international mindedness and enquiry-based learning.
Qatar Leadership Academy (QLA) is a residential school that promotes personal growth in young men by engaging them in an environment that fosters excellence in academics, leadership, athletics, and character.
Qatar Music Academy (QMA) provides promising young musicians with a comprehensive music education program that draws on practice and music theory, incorporating both Arab and Western classical music curriculum.
Renad Academy is a school that helps children who have been diagnosed with mild to moderate Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It provides education and specialized services to students, and training and support to parents. The school presently serves students aged 3 to 7 years, but each successive year, it will add a higher grade level until students of all ages can be served.
Awsaj Academy is a specialized school that addresses the needs of students with mild to moderate learning challenges. It believes that each student, despite whatever challenges they may face, can flourish under proper guidance. Through multi-tiered systems of support, Awsaj assures that students receive the necessary behavioral and academic interventions to close learning gaps. It is the only school of its kind in Qatar.
The Academic Bridge Program (ABP) is a foundation program that aims to equip secondary school graduates with the skills to succeed in degree programs at English-language world-class universities. It is a rigorous two-semester general studies program focusing on English, mathematics, science, and computer skills. Since its launch in 2001, ABP has graduated more than 3,000 students, most of whom have gone on to study at universities here in Qatar or abroad.
Our sprawling campus houses one of the most diverse student bodies, and graduates hundreds of students every year.
The investment Qatar has made in Education City has meant that a lot of barriers that one might expect in the US when young people pursue higher education—such as finances or geography—are not as impactful here within a multi-university campus. That emboldens people.
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The blockade of Qatar by neighboring countries affected the country in many ways, particularly in education, as some Education City students were not able to return to continue their studies. Two years after the blockade, Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani captured her thoughts about how Qatar championed education despite the challenges.
While Education City has a lot to help you excel academically, we believe it’s equally important to nurture your potential outside the classroom as well. That’s why we’ve made sure to build plenty of programs dedicated to helping you do just that.Learn more about Student Life
Designed by some of the world’s leading architects, our spaces are purpose-built for our people and our environments.
Our sports and recreation facilities serve as catalysts for active lifestyle, capitalizing on Qatar’s passion for sports. These sporting facilities will soon be joined by a sports arena that will host the FIFA World Cup 2022, and later function as a health and wellness center for the Education City community.
Education City is home to various centers that are preserving Qatar and the Arab world’s heritage, while promoting lifelong learning and creativity among both the Education City community and the general public.
The iconic designs of our buildings are a physical manifestation of creativity and innovation, and serve as an inspirational space for our community. The buildings in Education City have been designed by internationally renowned architects like Arata Isozaki, Rem Koolhaas, Antoine Predock and architectural firms Legorreta + Legorreta and Mangera Yvars Architects.
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The architect of Beijing’s iconic CCTV Headquarters and the De Rotterdam — the largest building in the Netherlands — shares the vision behind his striking designs for Qatar Foundation, as well as the great sense of responsibility he feels with his work at Education City and his concept for creating a library in Qatar that inspires multiples uses and draws the community together.
There’s always something to do when you’re in Education City.