The State of Qatar attaches great importance to human development thanks to its wise leadership that continually emphasizes the importance of the human factor being a primary contributor to development.

Public education was established in the State of Qatar in 1952. Since then, a comprehensive education policy has been crystallizing based on well-established principles to preserve the heritage and conservative character of the Muslim nation, develop the curricula and educational systems and continue to benefit from the modern technological achievements and recent educational experiences.

The State has established many schools, universities, colleges and research and training centers that have contributed to the development of its human resources skills. In addition, it has attracted many schools and universities, and worked on the rehabilitation of its youths abilities to meet the country's needs for development.

The State of Qatar launched an initiative to develop the country's public education in 2004 under the slogan "Education for a New Era". It aims to provide better methods of education for the children of Qatar. The Ministry of Education and Higher Education takes on the responsibility of establishing the State's educational policy. It is also responsible for developing the education plan and overseeing its implementation, in order to achieve Qatar's 2030 vision of developing the Qatari individual to be able to actively participate in all aspects of life.

Qatar aims at developing a world-class educational system that meets modern international standards and provide citizens with opportunities to develop their abilities and capacities, and best training to succeed in a world with increasing educational requirements. Such system would also promote analytical and critical thinking, develops creativity and innovation, emphasizes the promotion of social cohesion and respect for the values and heritage of Qatari society and calls for constructive engagement with the peoples of the world.


Ministry of Education and Higher Education


Governmental University Education

Qatar is concerned with providing opportunities for higher education and scientific research in the fields and disciplines to raise the efficiency and quality of educational outputs and there are several universities:


Qatar University

Hamad bin Khalifa University

Doha Institute for Higher Studies

Community College of Qatar


Qatar Foundation / Education City

Early in 1995, His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Amir, shared a vision with Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser while sitting under a tent at Umm Qrayba farm. Together, they conceived a plan for the future development of their country that would provide Qatari citizens with a greater choice in education, health and social progress than ever before. They then set about turning this dream into reality and, in August that year, founded Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, right in the very heart of Qatar.

Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development is a private, non-profit organization that serves the people of Qatar by supporting and operating programs in three core mission areas: education, science and research, and community development. The Foundation strives to nurture the future leaders of Qatar. By example and by sharing its experience, the Foundation also contributes to human development nationally, regionally, and internationally. In all of its activities, the Foundation promotes a culture of excellence in Qatar and furthers its role in supporting an innovative and open society that aspires to develop sustainable human capacity, social, and economic prosperity for a knowledge-based economy. Since 1996, eight International Universities opened branch campuses in Qatar: Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Georgetown University in Qatar, Northwestern University in Qatar, HEC Paris in Qatar, and UCL Qatar.