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Ailyn Agonia
Education is one of the core sectors Qatar puts emphasis on, and one that has seen many developments in the recent years. With a strong resolute to be an education hub in the region and the world, Qatar’s premier educational institutions continue to provide best quality education on par with the world’s best educational practices and approaches.
Despite the unjust blockade imposed on Qatar, the country’s education landscape remains at the highest point of its development marked by opening of new schools and colleges in response to the changing times and needs of the community. Additionally, academic programmes have been expanded to equip young people to be visionary leaders in their countries and beyond.
“Two years ago, Qatar was the target of an unjust and unforeseen blockade by some neighbouring nations. The blockade presented a series of challenges in many areas, but under the direction and wise leadership of our Amir His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, it has become a catalyst for the growth of our nation. It highlighted the importance of self-sufficiency and perseverance,” Qatar University (QU) Vice-President for Academic Affairs Dr Omar al Ansari told Qatar Tribune.
He added, “Not only did Qataris exemplify the pinnacle of respect and dignity in a relatively volatile period, they overturned the situation into a period of advancement. The blockade ultimately helped boost the country’s entrepreneurial ecosystem as we tried to fill the market gaps left by the blockade. It became a period of reevaluating our efforts, identifying challenges and working to improve the nation as a whole, be it in the industrial sector, tourism, education, health or any other sector.”
Recently, the country’s national university has announced the opening of its new College of Dental Medicine, which will start functioning from September 2019 offering a six-year programme leading to the degree of Doctor of Dental Medicine. The new college makes QU home to a total of 10 colleges.
Earlier, the university also revealed that it has developed a transformational university-wide strategic plan to cope with the latest developments and to meet the requirements of the society. The plan will map out the routes to achieve continuing performance excellence and build on QU’s achievements in key areas of education, research and engagement.
Similarly, Qatar Foundation (QF) highlighted its achievements over the past two years which include opening new schools and relaunching an important platform for global dialogue. Last month, QF’s network of more than 5,000 alumni welcomed additional members from the Class of 2019 during QF’s 12thAnnual Convocation Ceremony.
In addition, QF also celebrated last year the opening of the Qatar National Library in Education City and the 10th anniversary of Stars of Science, which marks a decade of advancing Arab innovation.
“Since June 2017, QF has established two new schools and brought another under the umbrella of its Pre-University Education; opened Sidra Medicine, a world-class hospital for women and children and a centre for pioneering medical research; and graduated 1,564 students from its nine homegrown and international partner universities. It has also relaunched Doha Debates, a platform for global dialogue and diverse perspectives on the world’s biggest issues; and brought together more than 250 young innovators from Qatar and beyond for the first two editions of the Arab Innovation Academy, a groundbreaking regional entrepreneurship programme developed through a collaboration between QF member Qatar Science & Technology Park and the European Innovation Academy,” said an official statement issued by QF to the media.
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