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Top Universities in Qatar

26 March 2019

There is no denying that Qatar has a diverse education system. This diversity comes from it's demographic, where only a quarter of the population is native Qataris, while rest of them are expats. Based on per capita GDP, this country can also afford to spend on ensuring world-class quality education.

Qatar also 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.

This article will take you through a list of best universities in Qatar that you need to know about.

Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q)

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Incepted in 2004, Carnegie Mellon University is located in Education City, Qatar. This university was started by Carnegie Mellon and Qatar Foundation to offer programs aimed at long term progress of the entire nation.

Other courses that are offered at this university include biological sciences, business administration, computer science, information systems, and computational technology. It also provides courses that lead to higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees in several areas.

One thing that is worth knowing about this university is that CMU-Q is listed as one of the top universities for first-year experiences, internships, undergraduate research, creative projects, and international students.

Academic Bridge Program

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Academic Bridge Program was found in 2001 and is located in the LAS building of Education city. This program has more than 2,500 graduate students, and most of them went to top universities in Qatar and abroad.

ABP has a two-semester program, which focuses on English, math, science and computer skills. They also help the students get admitted in English speaking universities and build skills required to succeed in universities.

Moreover, the students who meet basic university admission requirements and perform well at the Academic Bridge Program get the opportunity to enter as freshmen in various universities.

Northwestern University in Qatar

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Established in 2008, Northwestern University in Qatar offers bachelor degrees in communication, journalism, and an executive education series for media professionals.

The community at this university represents staff, student, and faculty from more than 40 countries. NU-Q also holds workshops, seminars, masterclass, and many other special events. With their state of art media facilities, they strive to educate the next generation of storytellers, journalists, and media professionals.

Further, it is one of six U.S. schools that were selected to join Education City.

Qatar University

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In 1973, Qatar University was the first national college of education founded by the decree of the Emir of Qatar.

This university started with four colleges including Humanities & Social Sciences, Education, Science, and Law & Islamic studies. Now, it has rapidly expanded with the College of Engineering, Sales, Human Resources, Media & Communication, Information Technology, and Business as well.

One thing worth knowing about this university is it has also supported independent research centers to establish a national community college: The College of Technology.

According to Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Rankings 2018, Qatar University has been ranked third among the best universities in the Arab world. Further, it also had 52nd rank out of the top 350 institutions from 25 countries in Asia.

Doha Film Institute (DFI)


Found in 2010, Doha Film Institute is located at Al Luqta St., Ar-Rayyan of Education City, Qatar. The main aim of providing education here is to build a dynamic film industry in the country,

With their in-house filmmakers, production unit, and rising talent from educational programs, they offer training to develop original stories for radio, film, web, and television.

Moreover, it is continually evolving and gives you a number of opportunities to learn. It has also established various partnerships with leading organizations so that filmmakers can get a chance to participate in best workshops and training.

Moreover, their film funding initiatives offer financial support in two ways including Doha Film Institute Co-Financing and Doha Film Institute Grants Program.

At last, the institutes will assist with the development, production, and post-production of projects.

Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCM-Q)

Just like other top universities, Weill Cornell Medical College is also located in Education City and was found in 2001. This college is a branch of Cornell University and is dedicated to research and providing top-class education.

Accredited by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Higher Education Qatar, this college offers courses and programs that lead to higher education degrees such as a doctorate in several areas of study.

Moreover, the courses offered include Six-year medical program and a four-year medical curriculum.

However, the agreed mission is to provide finest education for medical students, improve health care for both, now and future generations.

Virginia Commonwealth University (School of Arts in Qatar)

Established in 1998, VCUQatar is the Qatar campus of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Arts in Richmond. It is in partnership with Qatar Foundation and offers the students an opportunity to get a Bachelors degree in graphic design, fashion design, printmaking & painting, and interior design.

It is fully accredited by National Schools of Art & Design, the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, and Southern Association of Schools and Colleges. It also has significant involvement with Qatar’s design industries.

VCU also cultivates an intercultural environment and represents staff and faculty from 15 countries. Along with this, it also has current students and alumni from more than 40 nationalities.

The graduates from VCU are already pursuing successful careers within the private, non-profit, and government industries in Qatar. Some of them have their businesses and are contributing to the SMEs culture of the country.

Summing Up

So, there you have it. If you happen to live in Qatar or want to pursue higher education in this country, this list of top universities is sure to help. You can visit their websites, browse through the courses, compare, and choose the one that works the best for you.

Varsha Thakur

Varsha can usually be found reading or writing. She's a professional writer for more than six years. When not absorbed in writing, Varsha loves cooking and enjoys folk dancing and otherwise spends far too much time web surfing to expand her knowledge base. She lives in India, with her husband and a lovely toddler.

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