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Coordinates: 25°18′54″N 51°26′03″E / 25.315°N 51.43417°E / 25.315; 51.43417 Education City is an initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Located on the outskirts of Doha, the capital of Qatar, Education City covers 14 square kilometers and houses educational facilities from school age to research level and branch campuses of some of the world's leading universities. Education City aims to be the center of educational excellence in the region, instructing students in fields of critical importance to the Gulf Cooperation Council region[citation needed]. It is also conceived of as a forum where universities share research and forge relationships with businesses and institutions in public and private sectors.

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Schools

Lecture halls at the Weill Cornell Medical College campus in Education City
The Liberal Arts and Science Building houses classrooms for multiple schools.

Six US universities have branch campuses at Education City. They are:

  • Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUQ). Since 1998, VCUQ has offered students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in communication design, fashion design or interior design through a four-year curriculum.
  • Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q). The Medical College was established by Cornell University in 2001 and offers a two-year pre-medical program followed by the four-year medical program leading to a Doctor of Medicine degree.
  • Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ). TAMUQ was established in 2003 and offers undergraduate degrees in chemical, electrical, mechanical and petroleum engineering. In 2007, TAMUQ added masters programs in engineering and science.
  • Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q). CMU-Q has since 2004 offered undergraduate degrees in business, computer science programs, and as of 2007 an undergraduate degree in information systems.
  • Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Qatar). SFS-Qatar has, since 2005, offered a four-year program leading to a bachelor's degree in foreign service.
  • Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) began degree programs in journalism and communication in fall 2008.

In light of similar arrangements recently made between Abu Dhabi and New York University and Dubai and Michigan State University, observers have noted that while the oil-rich Persian Gulf nations may be using their wealth to buy prestige through these marquee universities, the presence of these Western institutions may have a liberalizing impact on the culturally conservative region.[1][2][3]

Other educational centers located at Education City include:

  • Qatar Academy. QA offers an international education for boys and girls from preschool to university entrance. Qatar Academy is fully accredited by the U.S.-based New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Europe-based Council of International Schools.
  • The Learning Center. This is a school for students who have average or above average potential but have experienced academic problems; it assists students in developing compensatory skills for their individual learning differences.
  • Academic Bridge Program. Established in 2001, this center offers a university-preparatory program and aims to equip specially selected, top-caliber secondary school graduates for admission to degree programs of both Qatar Foundation's Education City campuses and other world-class universities.

Research and Industry

Several centers based at Education City focus on science and research. These include:

  • RAND-Qatar Policy Institute (RQPI), which complex policy problems and helps implement enduring solutions for clients across the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.
  • Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP), a state-of-the-art facility comprising 45,000 square meters of office and laboratory space. QSTP aims to fuel Qatar’s knowledge economy by encouraging companies from around the world to develop and commercialize their technology in Qatar, and by helping entrepreneurs to launch start-up technology businesses.
  • Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), which supports research that is in the national interest. It was established to provide opportunities for researchers at all levels, from students to professionals, in the private, public, and academic sectors. The first of its funding programs, the Undergraduate Research Experience Program, was launched in 2006.

Other Centers

  • Doha Debates, a public forum for dialogue modeled on the Oxford Union debates and broadcast on the BBC.
  • Qatardebate, a youth civic engagement initiative which aims to foster a culture of debate and discussion in Qatar and the wider Arab World, creating 'debaters today, leaders tomorrow'.
  • Al Jazeera Children's Channel (JCC), a pan-Arab youth television channel which aims to strike a balance between education and entertainment.
  • Al Shaqab stud farm and equestrian academy
  • Fitch studio, an extension of the Fitch London studio.
  • Sidra Medical and Research Center, a teaching and research hospital scheduled to open in late 2010. Sidra will be the primary teaching venue for Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar.

The Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development

Education City also hosts the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, a private, chartered, non-profit organization in the state of Qatar, founded in 1995 by decree of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar. Under Qatar Foundation’s umbrella are Education City which comprises elite universities, several academic and training programs and Qatar Science and Technology Park which boasts more than 21 world class companies involved in scientific research and development. Qatar Foundation has also launched the World Innovation Summit for Education - WISE - a global forum that brings together education stakeholders, opinion leaders and decision makers from all over the world to discuss educational issues. The first edition will be held in Doha, Qatar from November 16th to 18th 2009.

Notes and references

  1. ^ Krieger, Zvika (November 7, 2007). "Northwestern U. to Open Journalism School in Qatar". The Chronicle of Higher Education. http://chronicle.com/news/article/3386/northwestern-u-to-open-journalism-school-in-qatar. Retrieved 2009-01-06. 
  2. ^ Lewin, Tamar (February 10, 2008). "U.S. Universities Rush to Set Up Outposts Abroad". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/10/education/10global.html?pagewanted=all. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  3. ^ Lewin, Tamar (February 11, 2008). "Oil money cultivates a Mideast Ivy League". International Herald Tribune. http://www.iht.com/bin/printfriendly.php?id=9921842. Retrieved 2009-01-06. 

Asquith, Christina. "Accepted into Education City". Diverse Online: Your Portal to Diversity. 1 Jun. 2006 Diverse Online. 10 Jun. 2006 http://www.diverseeducation.com/

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