Our Partners in Qatar
QNRF (Qatar National Research Fund)
QNRF was established in the year 2006, aims to advance knowledge and education by providing support to researchers. QNRF stands for education, science and community development. Qatar Foundation envisions research as a catalyst for expanding and diversifying the country’s economy;enhancing the education of its citizens and the training of its workforce; and fostering improvements in the health, well-being, environment and security of its own people and those of the region.
College of North Atlantic-Qatar
College of the North Atlantic-Qatar is renowned as a world-class educational institution. Its role in human resource development will ensure that people are prepared to contribute a diverse economy and globalization. College of the North Atlantic-Qatar offers an education that can be customized to industry and to students. It reflects quality and innovation in its programs, in its services to students and its response to current and future needs of individuals, business, industry, the state and the region.
In 1977, Qatar university was founded with four colleges: Education; Humanities & Social sciences; Sharia, Law and Islamic studies; and science. By 1985, two additional colleges, Engineering and business and economics, had been established. In 1973, having foreseen education as a principle contribution to its expanding society, the Emir of Qatar issued a decree proclaiming the establishment of Qatar’s first national college of education. At present, Qatar University is comprised of seven colleges; College of education, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Sharia and Islamic studies, college of Engineering, College of law, College of Businees and Economics and College of Pharmacy.
Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar
Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar was established by Cornell University in partnership with Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, pursuant to an agreement signed in January 2001.Cornell has been described as the first truly American university, on account of its founders' revolutionary egalitarian and practical vision of higher education.
It was established in 1865 by Ezra Cornell, farmer, mechanic and educational pioneer, and Andrew Dickson White, who served as the University’s first president. Since then, Cornell has built up a reputation as one of the leading universities in the U.S., a member of the Ivy League, an elite group of universities renowned for their academic excellence, and a pioneer of higher education in areas as diverse as veterinary science and journalism.
Qatar Foundation was established in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Father Emir of Qatar, as a vehicle to convert the country's current, but temporary, mineral wealth into durable human capital. Qatar Foundation is chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, who supports and guides this process. Qatar Foundation is dedicated to building human capital in a part of the world where the need and potential for human development are considerable.
At the current stage of its history, Qatar is blessed with oil and gas reserves that have brought it relative wealth for the foreseeable future. But this situation will not prevail indefinitely. The only guarantee of lasting prosperity lies in the ability of people to learn, adapt and innovate
It sets out to be an asset not just for Qatar but for the entire Middle East region and beyond, and it already touches communities and individuals well beyond the country's borders. Qatar Foundation's flagship project is Education City, a 1,000-hectare campus on the edge of Doha where most of its member institutions are located.Qatar Foundation is leading Qatar's drive to become an advanced knowledge-based society. It is transforming Qatari society by educating the rising generation to the highest world standards - these will be the skilled professionals who will be the country's future leaders. It is turning Qatar into a producer of knowledge by building a research base. Some of the new ideas will reach the stage of commercialization, helping diversify the economy. Qatar Foundation is also reaching out to individual sectors of the community and addressing social issues to accelerate the human development process in numerous directions.
Sidra Medical and Research Centre
Sidra Medical and research centre is a truly landmark development. Sidra is the first academic medical centre in the region which is being designed and planned to the best international standards in health sciences. Sidra will be a beacon of learning, discovery and exceptional care, ranked among the top academic medical centres in the world. Sidra Medical and Research centre will provide patients with world class healthcare services in an innovative and ultra modern facility specially designed to promote healing.
In particular, it will initially address the growing need for more comprehensive patient-focused medical services for women and children in Qatar and throughout the region. In collaboration with the premier medical school in Education City, leading research institutions worldwide, and Qatar's health sector, Sidra will provide a diversity and quality of care conducive to training medical students and highly skilled clinicians and will be a pioneer in clinical and translational biomedical research of value to the population of Qatar and the world.
Supreme Council of Health
His Highness the Emir created the SCH in 2005 and gave it responsibility to guide reform in Qatar in order to establish one of the world’s most admired and renowned health systems. The SCH’s role is to create a clear vision for the nation’s health direction, set goals and objectives for the country, design policies to achieve the vision, regulate the medical landscape, protect the public’s health, set the health research agenda, and monitor and evaluate progress towards achieving those objectives.
Another key SCH function is oversight of the quality and effectiveness of service delivered by primary care and hospital and other public and private sector health service providers to ensure that standards are met and performance targets achieved.
The SCH has a special role to play in ensuring that the public health of the country receives adequate attention. It oversees public health programs related to the control of infectious diseases, and coordinates with other agencies on environmental and public safety promotion. It is also our responsibility to ensure that the nation is prepared for any public health emergency.
Population Council of Qatar
The Population Council, an international, non-profit, nongovernmental organization, seeks to improve the well-being and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and to help achieve a humane, equitable, and sustainable balance between people and resources.In all of its endeavors, the Population Council has aspired to the highest professional and ethical standards and has earned a worldwide reputation for excellence and integrity. Policymakers, program managers, and others concerned with population issues turn to the Population Council for rigorous research results—results that help improve people's lives.
As the number of requests for advice from developing country leaders grew, the Population Council realized that evidence-based technical assistance should be added to research and capacity building as a mechanism for achieving its mission. In the 1960s, the Council played a key role in documenting the large numbers of people in poor countries who lacked access to contraceptives and in conducting research to design and evaluate public family planning programs. At the same time, the Council's biomedical researchers worked to develop new contraceptive methods, such as the intrauterine device.In the early 1980s, the Council pioneered the application of systematic research techniques to improve family planning service delivery, launched efforts to raise the quality of care in these programs, and increasingly emphasized taking a broad view of reproductive health. The last initiative had considerable influence at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development.
Over the last decade or so, emerging and intensifying population issues—the largest-ever generation of adolescents and the AIDS epidemic, to name just two—have been added to the Population Council's longstanding work in demography, contraceptive development, and improving access to high-quality reproductive health services around the world. Newer endeavors build on the Council's diverse and deep scientific expertise and decades-long, practical, on-the-ground experience in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.