Top Universities in Qatar
Qatar houses prestigious universities from around the world along with the satellite campuses that are located at the Education City. The State of Qatar has also collaborated with the best educational institutions to provide access to premium education within the country. The education system in Qatar is jointly directed and controlled by the Supreme Education Council (SEC) and the Ministry of Education (MOE) at all levels.
1. Qatar University
Qatar University is the national institution of higher education in Qatar. It provides high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare competent graduates, destined to shape the future of Qatar. The university community has diverse and committed faculty who teach and conduct research, which address relevant local and regional challenges, advance knowledge, and contribute actively to the needs and aspirations of society.
Since its inception in 1977, Qatar University (QU) continues to serve as Qatar’s primary institution of higher education and has become today a beacon of academic and research excellence in the region.
QU is committed to providing high-quality education in areas of national priority. Underpinning this commitment is the goal to align its colleges, programs and courses with established international standards and best practices. As a result, QU has been successful in its accreditation initiatives, earning the endorsement of numerous leading international accrediting bodies.
QU hosts ten colleges — College of Arts and Sciences (CAS); College of Business and Economics (CBE); College of Education (CED); College of Engineering (CENG); College of Health Sciences (CHS); College of Law (LAWC); College of Medicine (CMED); College of Pharmacy (CPH); College of Sharia and Islamic Studies (CSIS) and College of Dental Medicine (CDM).
QU offers the widest range of academic programs — 45 Bachelors, 27 Masters, eight Ph.D. programs, four Diplomas, and a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)– in Qatar tailoring them to meet the needs of Qatari society.
Address: P.O. Box: 2713 - Doha
Phone: (+974) 4403-3333
Email: [email protected]
i. College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences was established in 2004 through the merging of two former colleges; the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the College of Science. It is the largest college by both number of programs and student population at Qatar University, with a total of 2,383 students; 1,933 Arts majors and 450 Science majors. This reflects approximately 37% of the student body. The College has 240 faculty members, including Dean Dr. Kassim Ali Shaaban.
• Department of Arabic Language
• Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences
o Biological Sciences
o Environmental Sciences
• Department of Chemistry & Earth Sciences
o Chemistry Program accredited by the CSC
• Department of English Literature and Linguistics
• Department of Health Sciences
o Biomedical Program accredited by the NAACLS
o Human Nutrition Program
o Public health
• Department of Humanities
• Department of Mass Communication
o Mass Communication Program
• Department of Mathematics, Statistics & Physics
• Department of Social Sciences
o Social Work
o International Affairs
o Policy, Planning and Development
• Sport Science
• Arabic for Non-Native Speakers Program
ii. College of Business & Economics
Founded in 1985, it has begun work on a new QR 185 million facility to accommodate its student body and provide resources.
• Accounting and Information Systems
• Finance and Economics
• Management and Marketing
The College is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). An MBA degree program is available for graduate students, as well as a CPA testing program.
iii. College of Education
The College of Education was the primary academic body under which Qatar University was founded in 1973.
• Educational Sciences
• Psychological Sciences
• Art Education
iv. College of Engineering
The College of Engineering was established in 1980, and has become one of the largest at Qatar University. The College’s previous Dean, Dr. Alfadala, was also the founder and former Chairman of the University’s Gas Processing Center (GPC) research facility.
• Architectural Engineering
• Chemical Engineering
• Civil Engineering
• Computer Engineering
• Computer Science
• Electrical Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering
• Industrial & System Engineering
v. College of Medicine
In December 2014, Qatar University announced the establishment of the College of Medicine which was planned to take the 1st batch in by Fall 2015 (September) and graduate them by 2021.
vi. College of Health Science
The College of Health Science (CHS) was founded in 2016 following 30 years as a department within various colleges at Qatar University. CHS is the national provider of health sciences education and research in Qatar and offers undergraduate (BSc) programs in biomedical sciences, human nutrition and public health, as well as graduate programs; (MSc) in biomedical science and master of public health (MPH).
vii. College of Law
The College of Law has the highest percentage of Qatari students of any College in Qatar University.
In 2004, Qatar University instated a College of Law by separating the law department of the existing College of Sharia. 10%-15% of its undergraduate program is instructed in English. In 2008, it asked the ABA to conduct a full-scale, on-site evaluation of all aspects of the school’s objectives, programs, and administration. Many of the recommendations made by the ABA were subsequently implemented including the introduction of the first legal writing and research skills program (taught in English) established in any law school in the Middle East. The legal skills program was recognized at the 13th Global Legal Skills Conference held in Melbourne, Australia in December 2018.
The College of Law is accredited by the High Council for the Evaluation of Research and Higher Education (HCERES) and the British Accreditation Council (BAC). The College of Law also partners with leading law schools, and welcomes visiting Fulbright Fellows and exchange students.
In April 2020, the College of Law will move into its new purpose build facility currently under construction.
• Undergraduate Law
• LLM in Public Law
• LLM in Private Law
• Graduate Certificate in Legal Studies
viii. College of Pharmacy
The College of Pharmacy at Qatar University was founded as a college in 2008. It is the first pharmacy college to be established in Qatar. It began as a program in 2006, and saw its first student intake in 2007. 2008 also marked the college’s accreditation by the CCAPP (Canada), and became the first international pharmacy program to receive accreditation by that organization. Peter Jewesson has been the College Dean since its inception, and had also been the director of the previous Pharmacy program.
The College of Pharmacy offers three degrees
• 5-year program Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy – BSc (Pharm)
• 6-year Doctor of Pharmacy – PharmD
• 2-year Master of Science in Pharmacy – MSc (Pharm)
ix. College of Sharia and Islamic Studies
College of Sharia and Islamic Studies was among the first founded at Qatar University when it was established in 1977. In recent years, it added new major and minor programs in subjects such as “Da’wa and Media” and “Banking and Insurance”. Dr. Aisha Yousuf Al-Mannai is the current dean.
• Islamic Jurisprudence
• Islamic Culture & Preaching
• Foundations of Islam
x. Sport Science Program
The Sport Science Program was opened to students in the fall 2009 semester. The program was constructed as a joint project sponsored by Aspire Academy. While QU’s Sport Science program is not an independent college, it has been formed with autonomy from the other colleges, much as the College of Pharmacy began.
The Program offers a Bachelor of Science degree which allows for one of 3 concentrations:
• Sport Management
• Physical Education
• Exercise and Fitness
2. Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q)
For more than a century, Carnegie Mellon University has challenged the curious and passionate to imagine and deliver work that matters. A private, top-ranked and global university, Carnegie Mellon sets its own course with programs that inspire creativity and collaboration.
In 2004, Carnegie Mellon and Qatar Foundation began a partnership to deliver select programs that will contribute to the long-term development of Qatar.
UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS AT CMU-Q
Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar offers cutting-edge programs in biological sciences, business administration, computational biology, computer science and information systems.
GENERAL EDUCATION AT CMU-Q
Carnegie Mellon University follows a distinct approach to undergraduate education that combines professional training with a firm grounding in the arts and sciences. Students who have a strong foundation in the arts and sciences learn how to draw connections between disciplines and work effectively outside their focused area of study.
General Education courses are taught by members of the Arts and Sciences faculty, and include mandatory courses in areas such as Chemistry, English, Mathematics and Physics. Arts and Sciences faculty members also offer elective courses in a wide variety of disciplines, including Arabic studies, design, history, philosophy, and psychology.
Address: Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Education City, Doha, Qatar, PO Box 24866
Working Hours: Mon- Fri: 9AM – PM, Sat - Sun: Closed
University Operator: +974 4454-8400
Emergency: +974 6682 4109
Email: [email protected]
3. Northwestern University in Qatar
Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) is Northwestern University’s campus in Education City, Doha, Qatar, founded in partnership with Qatar Foundation in 2008.
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.
Bachelor of Science, Communication
Bachelor of Science, Journalism
Media & Politics
Dual Degree Program in Journalism(BSJ & MSJ)
Middle East Studies
Address: Northwestern University in Qatar, Education City, P.O. Box 34102 , Doha, Qatar
Tel: +974 4454 5000, + 974 44545100
Email: [email protected]
4. Doha Film Institute (DFI)
Doha Film Institute is dedicated to film appreciation, education, and building a dynamic film industry in Qatar that focuses on nurturing regional storytellers while being entirely global in its scope. With culture, community, education and entertainment at its foundation, Doha Film Institute serves as an all-encompassing film hub in Doha, as well as a resource for the region and the rest of the world. We firmly believe in the power of film to change hearts and minds, and our motto reflects the sentiment that “Film is Life”.
Doha Film Institute is an independent, not-for-profit cultural organisation established in 2010 by Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani to support the growth of the local film community.
Address: Post Box No: 23473, Doha, Qatar
Phone: (+974) 4420-0505
Fax: (+974) 4408-1755
Email: [email protected]
5. Academic Bridge Program
The Academic Bridge Program (ABP), a center of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, is a premier pre-university program established for high school graduates from Qatar and other countries in the region. The ABP is located in the architecturally stunning, LAS (Liberal Arts and Sciences) building on the campus of Education City in Qatar. Since our program was established in 2001, more than 2,500 students (mostly Qatari high school graduates, but also students from over 30 other countries) have graduated through this program.
The ABP helps its students get admitted to English-speaking universities and to be successful in their future studies. Not only is the ABP academic program focused on building the skills needed to succeed in university, we offer a range of supportive services that pave the way for college success. Mini courses in IELTS and ACT/SAT help boost test scores, while college counselling services help students understand the complex college application process and how to write compelling college admissions essays. As a result, over 90% of ABP graduates are admitted to universities each year.
The Academic Bridge Program (ABP) annually admits secondary school graduates from Qatar and other countries in the region who need to improve their English, math and science skills in order to meet the admission standards of – and to do well in – highly selective universities.
Address: Education City, LAS building, PO Box 24404 Doha, Qatar
Tel: +974 4454 2120/21/31
Fax: +974 4454 2198
Email: [email protected]