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Qatar University is a public university in Qatar, located on the northern outskirts of the capital Doha. Courses are taught in Arabic (in education, arts and social sciences courses) or English (in natural sciences, engineering and business courses). The university is the only government university in the country.The university hosts nine colleges – Arts and Sciences, Business and Economics, Education, Engineering, Law, Sharia and Islamic Studies, Pharmacy, college of health Science, and a College of Medicine – with a total of almost 8000 students at a 13:1 student-teacher ratio.
Students entering the university are placed in a “Foundation Program”, which ensures the acquirement of skills such as math, English, and computer technology.
Many of its academic departments have received or are currently under evaluation for accreditation from a number of organizations. QU has a research infrastructure including research labs, an ocean vessel, technical equipment and a library housing thousands of books, including a collection of rare manuscripts.
College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) is the academic heart of Qatar University and its largest college.
Our College offers a unique and pioneering curriculum that reflects current and future research needs. Our environment embraces intellectual curiosity and treasures debate while we work to create knowledge based society for the benefit of all people. CAS offers a range of academic courses, various community engagement opportunities, and cutting edge research centers where you will find endless opportunities to engage with a diverse group of students and faculty that will inspire you to learn and improve.
College of Business and Economics
The College of Business and Economics undertakes the mission to be a provider of quality education and knowledge in the fields of business through quality teaching, research and community service. The programs and training offered by the College are responsive to changes in knowledge and business environment.
The college was established in 1985 to provide high quality, applied business education in a collegial, intellectually stimulating and supportive learning and working environment. Guided by the university reform plan and committed to innovative curriculums, and continuous improvement, the college seeks to offer undergraduate and graduates business programs that connect theory to practice, promote critical thinking, and engage students in active and collaborative learning.
The required number of credits of graduation is 125 in all three departments of the college:
Accounting and Information systems
Finance and Economics
Management and Marketing
College of Education
With the start of this current academic year 2016-2017, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all students, faculty and those visiting our college website. I take pride in the central role which the College of Education plays in fulfilling Qatar University’s mission and course of action as it seeks to improve the education system in Qatar. I am very proud of our accomplishments and am particularly pleased that the College has earned its academic accreditation. I am also very proud of the steady growth and progress we have achieved, as this inspires all of us to work harder and exert more assiduous efforts in the service of our country, humanity, knowledge, and scholarship.
In carrying out its mission, the College of Education is determined to educate and prepare citizens who are able to serve the community and meet the needs of the job market, according to internationally recognized criteria. This the College strives to attain by providing a supportive learning environment designed to meet the highest international standards. By conducting research, training and different other activities, the College continues to cultivate, build, and maintain strong and effective relations with the community and stakeholders.
College of Engineering
Since its inception in 1985, the College of Engineering at Qatar University is providing the community and industry with high quality professional engineers who proved excelling practice and commitment in their leading positions helped by the innovative education they received. CENG is offering a portfolio of accredited undergraduate courses and graduate courses designed to enrich individuals personal development and benefit the wider community.
Engineering and science studies are the main enablers of Qatar National Vision 2030. Through cemented partnerships with industry, the college is continuously developing current programs to match the industry challenges, and respond to its needs. The college is proud to have a broad, diverse and multicultural college faculty members who made major achievements in the research through collaborations with teams from industry.
As the Qatari government is leading efforts to diversify and transform the economy into a Knowledge Based Economy (KBE), CENG equips its graduates with the necessary skills needed to lead the current economic boom in Qatar. College graduates make considerable efforts through the initiation of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and provide the community and industry with supporting products and services. Such SMEs are driving innovation and healthy competition in many sectors of Qatar’s industry.
The College of Engineering is striving to be recognized in the region for its outstanding education, research and community engagement, and for the quality of its socially responsible graduates.
College of Health Sciences
Welcome to the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Qatar University (QU); its ninth college, founded in 2016, and one of the leading academic foundations for healthcare which fosters learning and scholastic excellence. The standardized services provided to students, well-equipped laboratories, accessible facilities, dynamic diversity and talented faculty constitute an extraordinary and rich learning environment.
Rooted in a culture of collaboration with other healthcare institutes in Qatar, the CHS is committed to graduating the most knowledgeable and skilled professionals, who will solve major health problems and significantly enhance the quality of the healthcare sector in Qatar. Emphasis is placed on an unrelenting pursuit of knowledge through research, life-long learning, development of skills and producing world leaders in health sciences.
The three departments comprising the College of Health Sciences are Biomedical Sciences (BSc. & MSc), established in 1984, Human Nutrition (BSc.), established in 1998, and Public Health (BSc. & MPH), established in 2012. Graduates of the CHS brilliantly manifest their unique capacity and leadership skills, reflecting the College’s excellence and quality.
College of Law
In pursuit of a vision to embed the rule of law in Qatar’s development, Decree No. 4 was issued in 1993 to establish an academic department of legal education. Legal studies was originally part of the College of Sharia and Islamic Studies. As the country’s development gathered momentum, the need for expansion in legal education became inevitable, hence the establishment of an autonomous College of Law in 2006.
In about a decade of this bold decision, the College of Law has grown exponentially. The current student population is about 800 with faculty strength of 50 highly educated and diverse academics supported by a team of highly motivated administrative staff. A range of programs have been introduced to enrich the curriculum and achieve the college’s mission. These include the Center for Energy and Sustainability Law to serve as platform for engagement with industry, Externship program to give our students a taste of practical work prior to graduation, a Legal Writing program that advances the writing and research skills of our students, clinics in Domestic Violence, Human Rights, Environment and many other initiatives.
Our teaching methods, curricula and research programs have been revamped resulting in over a million dollar research grants, engagement with the community and industry and the graduation of high quality students. In tandem with this growth, a new bespoke multi-purpose building, including a law library and moot courtrooms, is being erected exclusively for the Law College. The college is also poised to start new graduate programs in both Arabic and English.
College of Medicine
The College of Medicine is the eighth college of Qatar University and was founded in October 2014. It admitted the first cohort of students in Fall 2015.
The College of Medicine aims to make contributions to:
It is fully aligned with Qatar’s national strategies in Education and Health, as well as Qatar University’s strategic plan.
College of Pharmacy
This academic program was initiated to help meet the country's growing demand for medication experts. The College of Pharmacy is the first and only pharmacy degree program in the State of Qatar. It is also the seventh college at Qatar University, following approval from the Board of Regents under the leadership of Emir H.H. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in June 2008.
The College of Pharmacy provides its graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to become competent pharmacists, to meet the health care needs of this society. As a new College and the first of its kind in this country, we are undergoing constant change as we strive to achieve excellence while meeting our mandate. We invite you to visit this web site frequently for updates.
Like our students, we are a young, enthusiastic and progressive new academic program. We are building a strong foundation of full-time, part-time, clinical and adjunct faculty and staff with a strong commitment to program excellence. We are also developing our physical resources to provide the best learning and working environment possible for our students, staff and faculty. We have begun to establish strong ties with our partners from local and international academic programs, professional practice, government and industry. Together, we are making this college a success -- and an academic program this country can be proud of.
In 1973, Qatar’s first national College of Education was founded by decree of the Emir of Qatar, in his vision to place education as a priority in the country’s expansion. Among a small population, the College admitted a respectable 57 male and 93 female students in its first year.
The country’s rapid development highlighted the need for the College’s expansion, to provide additional areas of specialization in line with the requirements of the population. Therefore, in 1977, Qatar University was founded with four new colleges; Education, Humanities & Social Sciences, Sharia, Law & Islamic Studies, and Science. From there, the institution rapidly expanded, with the founding of the College of Engineering in 1980 and College of Business in 1985. In addition, it originally supported several small independent research centers, and worked to establish a national community college; the College of Technology.
Following the establishment of Education City and the Qatar Foundation in 1996, a new era of competitive options for local institutions of higher education began, and Qatar University’s functions and services were re-evaluated. In 2003, the University embarked on an ambitious Reform Plan to increase the efficiency of its administrative and academic processes. To this end, a university-wide Strategic Plan 2010-2013 was launched, incorporating Key Performance Areas which focused on promoting quality education and efficient and effective services.
International students will categorize in the following groups:
- Students granted one of the following Scholarships provided by Qatar University:
- Islamic world and other countries (External/Internal Scholarship) to study in the Under Graduate level.
- Short Scholarship to study in the Arabic program for Non-Native Speakers
- Student bear all study & living expenses (paying students) only obtains QU residency sponsorship to study at QU either in: the Arabic for Non-Native Speakers Program OR Under Graduate OR Graduate level.
Student clubs, societies, chapters, or associations are known as Student Organizations under the supervision of Student Activities Department. Operated by students at Qatar University and the members are typically consist only of enrolled QU students. It encourages students to participate in group activities allowing them to develop personal and professional relationships, learn leadership and organizational skills, and serve the community.
The list of collige clubs includes: College of Business Club, College of Law Club, College of Engineering club, College of Education Club, Islamic studies college Club, Accounting Club, Society of Petroleum and Gas Engineers, Art and science college club, AICHE student chapter, American society for Civil engineers, Qatari engineers society, Youth Entrepreneurship society, Honors Students Program Club, Management information technology Club, Human Rights Club Literature club, Research Club, etc.
Students also volunteer and do sports.
QU is the largest and oldest university in Qatar. At Qatar University, you will find a highly respected public institution, offering first-class opportunities for learning and research to approximately 8,000 students across nearly 85 nationalities.
By choosing Qatar University, you join over 28,000 alumni who have built the foundation for their future at QU. You join a community of scholars, researchers and learners who value knowledge both for its own sake and for its ability to contribute to the development and advancement of human thought and values.
Qatar University regards international accreditation as a crucial step in achieving its goal as an institution of quality and excellence. With this mind, it has embarked on a long-term project of achieving international accreditation status for its colleges, programs and courses.
It has been successful in gaining accreditation from leading international bodies for seven of its programs at the College of Engineering (ABET) Biomedical Sciences Program (NACCLS), Chemistry program (CSC), Pharmacy College (CCAPP), College of Business & Economics (AACSB), Foundation program Department of English (CEA), and the ISO/IEC 17025-2005 accredited status accorded the laboratories of Environmental Studies Center.
QU is an internationally recognized university with strong ties to other institutions of higher education. The University is an active member in several prestigious regional and international associations, including the Union of Arab Universities, the league of Islamic Universities, and the International Association of Universities.
Further information on accreditation achievements and ongoing exercises at QU can be accessed at: Accreditation
Safe and central location
QU campus sits just 26 km from the center of Doha, Qatar’s exciting capital city and scenically overlooks the coast. This eight square kilometer campus provides space for men and women to pursue a wide range of academic interests and excel in their fields of study separately, while offering a peaceful and respectful atmosphere for learning.
A supportive community
Studying overseas can be a challenge, but you won’t be alone. At QU, you’ll have access to a range of support services throughout your course.
The University's supportive environment will help you get the best out of your studies, and you'll have the chance to meet people from all over the world. Qatar University supports a wide variety of scholarships to approximately 400 recipients each academic year in order to attract highly qualified students.
Meanwhile, the Student Exchange Program offers educational-cultural trips, where chosen students of QU will travel to a reputable educational institution, as some of their students visit Qatar University in return.
Study in a rich environment
- Study in an atmosphere of intellectual excitement supported by excellent facilities.
- Benefit from the wealth of cultural, institutional and recreational opportunities available.
- Enjoy a learning community and curriculum that is internationally and culturally diverse.
- Find students who are active in student clubs, sports, student employment inside the campus, community service and reaching out for international experiences.