Little Qatar Big on Education









Qatar, a small Arab country, has doubled its education budget over the past six years, part of a strategy to prepare for a post-hydrocarbons future. The nonprofit Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, which leads this effort, has at its center Education City, a 5.4-square-mile area that is host to eight top-ranked global universities. These include HEC for executive education, Weill Cornell Medical College for medicine, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service for government service, Texas A&M for oil and gas, and University College London (UCL) Qatar for heritage management.

Other US universities with offices in Education City are Carnegie Mellon University, Northwestern University, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

In the past eight years, Qatar Foundation has invested more than $6.5 billion in projects at Education City, including providing generous packages to top Western universities. Education City is also home to Qatar Foundation’s research unit, Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP), which provides world-class research facilities for international companies and support to start-up technology organizations. ExxonMobil, GE, and Microsoft are among the 30 global firms with offices here.

For more information on the Qatar Foundation, visit them on the Web.

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