Building a bright today for a pioneering tomorrow

A non-profit organisation that houses more than 50 entities in education, science, research, and community development, Qatar Foundation (QF) has been working endlessly to support and empower its community for over two decades as it strives to become a leader in these fields both regionally and internationally.

With a collection of initiatives that aid in diversifying and creating a more knowledge-based economy, QF has been driving innovation and entrepreneurship in hopes of preparing a future generation to tackle future challenges.

The birth of the Foundation fell within an ambitious vision to achieve national economic sustainability through innovation in education and research and thus it began working within the framework of a vision for the future development of the country that aims to give citizens wider options in the fields of education, health and social development.

Qatar Foundation


Father Emir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser


The Sidra tree

А native Qatari tree that withstands harsh climates — was chosen as the official Qatar Foundation logo symbolising solidarity and determination. 

In its silver jubilee year, Qatar Foundation has a lot to be proud of. Its flagship initiative, Education City, in the centre of the capital Doha, hosts campuses of some of the world’s most prestigious educational institutes including, Weill Cornell Medicine, Texas A&M University, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgetown University, University College London, Virginia Commonwealth University, Northwestern University and Graduate University Business Administration HEC Paris.

The Sidra tree — a native Qatari tree that withstands harsh climates — was chosen as the official Qatar Foundation logo symbolising solidarity and determination. The branches represent QF’s diversity, while the leaves depict the individuals enriched by these entities resulting in fruits that represent sustainability and a healthy future

Today Education City has become a prominent model of academic and scientific excellence that relies on new approaches to interdisciplinary education and the achievement of major achievements that benefit both Qatar and the world.

Universities in Education City

Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar

Cornell is the first medical university in Qatar. WCM-Q offers people the opportunity to acquire an M.D degree through its six-year integrated programme of pre-medical and medical studies. The campus has affiliations with Hamad Medical Corporation and others to provide students with professional training.

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar

The first university to open in Education City in 1998 was VCUarts Qatar. These are the majors they offer: Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in fashion design, graphic design, interior design and painting & printmaking, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history and a Master in Fine Arts degree in design.

Georgetown University in Qatar

With a focus on international relations, culture and politics GU-Q offers a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) with these majors: Culture and Politics, International Economics, International History, and International Politics. They have an Arabic minor and these certificate programmes: The Certificate in American Studies, The Certificate in Arab and Regional Studies, and The Certificate in Media and Politics.

Texas A&M University at Qatar

TAMU-Q joined the EC family in 2003. They have courses and majors which specialise in engineering including: Chemical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Petroleum Engineering. Their Masters in Chemical Engineering and Masters of Science programmes were introduced in the fall of 2011.

Hamad Bin Khalifa University

The most recent university addition to EC is HBKU. This is a homegrown institution which offers different majors from undergraduate degrees to postdoctoral degrees from six colleges: College of Islamic Studies, College of Humanities & Social, College of Science & Engineering, College of Law, College of Health and Life Sciences, and College of Public Policy. HBKU also houses three local research institutes.

Northwestern University in Qatar

The first media school in Qatar, NU-Q offers majors in Journalism and Communications. Alongside this, they offer a Masters in Sports Administration and Minors in Middle East Studies, Media and Politics, and a certificate in Strategic Communications.

Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar

CMU-Q offers majors in the majors of science, business, and technology since its opening in 2004. The majors are: Biological Sciences, Business Administration, Computational Biology, Computer Science, and Information Systems.

Qatar Faculty for Islamic Studies

QFIS houses the College of Islamic Art, they have a variety of courses that enable its students to engage in global discussions about Islam. The programmes are: Masters of Arts in Applied Islamic Ethics, Islam and Global Affairs, Islamic Studies, Masters of Science in Islamic Art, Architecture and Urbanism, Islamic Finance, and a PhD in Islamic Finance and Economy.

Research Facilities

To address the challenges facing the region, QF has created multiple initiatives that help find solutions in different fields. The specialised research institutes fall under HBKU and include Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI), Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI), and Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI). Click here for more info

Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI)

QEERI was established in 2013 to address the nation’s challenges related to energy and water. This includes looking for solutions that target climate change and creating a more sustainable future for energy efficiency and water consumption/reuse.

Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI)

This institute focuses on innovation in the healthcare sector to help find solutions and improve quality of life. They aim to find treatments for different diseases and develop preventions. Some of their research focuses on diabetes, cancer and neurological disorders.

Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI)

QCRI addresses issues concerning large-scale computer challenges in the nation. They do research to find solutions to these problems and grow the computing and technology capacity in Qatar. This includes research on Arabic language technologies, social computing, data analytics, and cyber security.

Qatar Science and Technology Park

The QSTP facility is a free zone and business park for global tech companies. It helps to build and support upcoming tech companies and ventures through providing acceleration, incubation and funding programmes. Some of the themes they focus on include: energy, health services, environment, and information and communication technologies.

QF Arts and Culture

Qatar National Library

QNL is a non-profit organisation that opened in 2017 and contains over one million books available for the public to borrow, as well as resources in the digital library. QNL is a facility fit for university-level research with an abundant amount of resources for all academics. There is also a Heritage Library that contains old manuscripts and items revolving around Arabic and Islamic histories. The collection was started by His Excellency Sheikh Hassan bin Mohamed bin Ali Al Thani.

Quranic Botanic Garden

This garden is the first of its kind in the world. It is full of plants that have been mentioned in the Holy Qur’an, Hadith and Sunnah (sayings and traditions of the Prophet Peace Be Upon Him). It was Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser who inaugurated the garden by planting the first tree, the Sidra — the symbol of the Qatar Foundation.

Arab Museum
of Modern Art

Celebrating artists from the Middle East region, the MATHAF museum showcases over 9,000 artworks that not only highlight modern Arab art, but also educates the community about it. Alongside exhibitions, the museum holds classes and provides digital resources for those who need it.

Al Shaqab:
Horse breeding and horse-riding

When Qatar wanted independence, the knights fought the Ottomans on Arabian horses making these horses a respected and important part of their identity and culture. Al Shaqab was established to continue this identity by breeding Arabian horses and encouraging the community to participate in horse-riding activities. People can take classes in horse-riding and eventually participate in international events at Al Shaqab.

Education City Mosque

Located in the building of QFIS, this mosque has become a community point for the people living in Al Rayyan area. The mosque rests on large columns which represent the five pillars of Islam in Arabic calligraphy. The inside of the mosque can host 1,800 worshippers at a time, with an additional 1,000 in its courtyard.

Other Facilities

Student Centre

This is a place where students, faculty and staff can visit for a meal, a meeting or to use the various recreational facilities available. Events are also held here for the community to enjoy. It is the place to be for interactions with the larger community of EC and QF.

Oxygen Park

The park can be reached directly from the Student Centre and is open to the public. It is a beautiful place to go for a walk or to engage in any form of exercise. This is an important feature to have that adds greenery and promotes a healthier lifestyle.

Education City Football Stadium

Designed for sustainability and a greener future, the EC stadium is one of the selected as a venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The design captures both QF and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy goals of social and human development.

Photos: 1, 2, 3, 10, 19, 20 – trevor.patt/Flickr, 4 – Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar/Facebook, 5 – Georgetown University in Qatar/Facebook, 6 – Matilde Gattoni/arabianEye, 7- Hamad Bin Khalifa University/Facebook, 8 – Northwestern University in Qatar/Facebook, 9 – Alex Sergeev, 11 – Qatar Environment & Energy Research Institute (QEERI), 12, 13 – Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), 14, 21 – Qatar Foundation, 15 – The Qatar National Library/Facebook, 16 – Qur’anic Botanic Garden/Facebook , 17 – Arab Museum of Modern Art/Facebook, 18 – Al Shaqab/Facebook, 22 – Qatar 2020

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