Qatar Foundation’s Discover Education City exhibit comes to Abu Dhabi

Published December 8th, 2005 - 02:08 GMT

Today Qatar Foundation and the universities at its Education City in Doha are staging an exhibit in Abu Dhabi which is designed to attract students to one of the Middle East’s premier educational locations.

Discover Education City highlights the programs of the five universities in Education City. The exhibit has developed out of local and regional student recruitment fairs attended over the past two years, and is now embarking on a tour of major cities in the region.

Parents, students and the public are invited to attend the first in the series to take place outside Doha, the Abu Dhabi Discover Education City exhibit on December 12 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Royal Meridian in Abu Dhabi. Each university will make available information regarding degrees, course offerings and admission deadlines.

The new format aims to promote the academic programs on offer and to recruit high- caliber candidates from a targeted student applicant pool. Over the next few months, the exhibit travels to a number of other destinations in the region.

Admissions officers from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Arts in Qatar, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar and Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar will be hosting the events.

Each university offers programs that are regarded as world leaders in their discipline, and the qualification students will earn in Qatar is identical to that available from the home campus.

“Working as a collection of universities comprising Education City gives us the opportunity to promote the uniqueness of this educational center, and to disseminate a very powerful message of prestige, choices and academic excellence,” said Dr. Abdullah Al-Thani, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Qatar Foundation. “By enrolling on one of our programs, students can gain a world-class university education right here in the Gulf.”

Qatar Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization chartered in 1995 on the personal initiative of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar. The organization’s chairperson is Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, wife of the Emir and dedicated campaigner for quality education.

The central tenet of Qatar Foundation’s philosophy is that people are a country’s most valuable resource, and that enabling people to develop their full potential benefits both the individual and society as a whole.

Its most ambitious project is a multi-institutional Education City, an eight-million-square-meter campus dedicated to education, research and technology.

In addition to the campuses of five world-renowned universities, Education City includes a science and technology park that puts industry giants and small entrepreneurs in touch with each other and with the wealth of expertise at Education City’s research institutions. A 350-bed state-of-the-art specialty teaching hospital, with an endowment of US$8 billion to support operating costs and fund research, is slated for completion in 2010.

About Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar
Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar brings to Doha its distinctive mix of programs in computer science and business, along with a tradition of interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. At the end of their tenure with Carnegie Mellon, students will be well-equipped to create and apply solutions to real-world problems.

About Texas A&M University in Qatar
Texas A&M University in Qatar offers undergraduate degrees in chemical, electrical, mechanical and petroleum engineering. Upon completion of the 50,000 square meters Engineering building, TAMUQ will establish two research centers and offer graduate engineering programs. In addition to the world-renowned academic program, TAMUQ has established itself as a partner in research and development with local industry and universities.

About Virginia Commonwealth School of the Arts in Qatar.
Established in 1998 as a women’s only school, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUQ) offers bachelors of fine arts degrees in graphic design, fashion design and interior design. VCUQ nurtures the innovation and the technical skills necessary for professional opportunities. VCUQ has graduated 67 students since 2002.

About Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar
Weill Cornell in Qatar (WCMC-Q) offers a six-year integrated program divided into a two-year, non-degree pre-medical program, and a four-year medical program leading to a Cornell University Medical Degree (MD). Each program has a separate admissions process. WCMC-Q is committed to excellence in teaching, research, patient care and the advancement of the art and science of medicine.

About Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar
Welcoming its first class in August 2005, Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar builds on Georgetown’s tradition of educating future leaders in the international arena through an interdisciplinary liberal arts undergraduate program focused on international affairs. For more information about Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar, visit

About Qatar Foundation
Qatar Foundation is a private, nonprofit, chartered organization committed to the principle that a nation’s greatest resource is its people. The foundation is headquartered in a unique Education City, which hosts numerous progressive learning institutions and centers of research, including campuses of five of the world’s leading universities.

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