By TBY | Qatar | Mar 26, 2015
Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al Missned was the driving force behind the foundation and construction of Education City, and it was her shared vision with His Highness Sheikh […]
Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al Missned was the driving force behind the foundation and construction of Education City, and it was her shared vision with His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the former Emir of Qatar that led to the developments of schools and projects under the umbrella of the Qatar Foundation. This includes Education City that comprises elite universities, several academic and training programs, as well as Qatar Science and Technology Park, which boast more than 21 world-class companies involved in scientific research and development.
Perhaps most notable are the several foreign universities that have opened branches in Education City. There are two Canadian universities, and five American universities with campuses in Qatar, including the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCU-Qatar), which opened in 2001 and is a branch of Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts located in Richmond, Virginia. VCU-Qatar uses the curriculum and faculty resources of Virginia Commonwealth University and its School of the Arts.
Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Qatar) opened in 2002, part of Cornell University (CU) and Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC) in New York. WCMC-Qatar collaborates with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), with the National Health Authority, and with Qatar University in offering medical education, health care, and research in Qatar.
Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMU Qatar) opened in 2003, and operates as part of the Texas A&M University, which is based in College Station, Texas, which is famous for high-quality technical education.
Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Qatar) opened in 2004, and is a campus of Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University, offering full-time undergraduate degrees in business administration, information systems, and computer science.
Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Qatar) opened in 2005 as a branch of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, which is based in Georgetown University in Washington, DC. SFS-Qatar offers the same undergraduate degree program as at the Washington campus, a major in International Politics leading to the Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree.
Although Education City houses most foreign universities in Qatar, there are some campuses outside. These include the University of Calgary Faculty of Nursing in Qatar (UC-Qatar), which opened in fall 2007 and is a branch campus of the University of Calgary in Alberta. The school offers a regular Bachelor of Nursing program, as well as a post-RN-diploma program. Students are able to do practicum placements with Hamad Medical Corporation.
College of the North Atlantic, Qatar Campus (CNA-Qatar) opened in 2002, and is a branch of the College of the North Atlantic, which has several campuses in Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada. CNA-Qatar is considered Qatar’s premier comprehensive technical college, and combines a Canadian curriculum and industry expertise. CNA-Qatar also has a Security Academy and Centre for Banking and Financial Studies.
Research is also carried out under the auspices of Education City, thanks to the Sidra Medical and Research Center, which is the primary teaching venue for Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. There is also the Qatar Computing Research Institute, which is a research center established in 2010, and which collaborates with Carnegie Mellon University in joint seminars and projects.
These campuses all offer high-quality education demanding the same accreditation as their home universities, and with high admission standards. English is the academic language.