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Progressive Education Initiatives in Qatar

Traditional education models need to move forward if we want to make learning ecosystems more impactful and resilient, and that’s one of our key focus areas at Qatar Foundation.



At Qatar Foundation, we’ve continuously challenged the assumptions of classroom education to rethink and refine models of how students learn, while continuing to deliver the highest quality of education available.

Innovative education leads to innovative thinking, and we strongly believe that the time is right to advance an educational approach that has remained largely unchanged for over a century. We want to make education more adaptive to the needs of students, and empower every child’s curiosity, creativity, and individuality—fostering an attitude for learning that will build a more resilient world. This is what we call progressive education, and we are actively pursuing it through our ecosystem of schools, universities, and other scholastic centers.

Moving forward, we must recognize that whatever we have been doing for centuries is obviously not working, and the pandemic has proven to us that even the quick fixes we have had are also not working.

Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation

Our Work


Here’s a look at how we are leading the way in developing and applying innovative learning practices to revolutionize learning.


New programs and practices in K-12 education

Our pre-university programs are breaking the linear model of K-12 education by offering a wide range of curriculum options that offer customized learning based on one’s needs and interests. These include specialized institutes in STEM, music, heritage, special needs, and leadership education, as well as progressive schools that focus on experiential rather than formal learning.

Learn more about our pre-university offerings.

A unique model of higher education

Instead of establishing a single university offering programs in various fields, we pioneered a new approach to higher education that consists of hand-picked top universities from around the world located on one campus, allowing students to study at multiple universities at the same time and fostering unique multidisciplinary collaborations between different schools.

Explore our higher-ed model

Engaging the world to innovate education

To ensure our pursuit of progressive education also engages global trends and transformations in education, and to also share our learnings with the rest of the world, we regularly host global platforms of engagement. These include the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) and the LEAPS Summit.

Read about some of our global findings

Evidence-driven evolution in pedagogy methods

Through initiatives like the Education Development Institute (EDI) and Motivation Accreditation Review Qatar (MARQ), we are constantly evaluating our curriculum, student outcomes, and pedagogical methods. These consistent feedback loops help educators and parents alike to challenge what’s not working in favor of our students and make our education more agile.

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Our Entities


These are some of the QF entities at the forefront of building new and innovative models of learning.

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