Education & Training Opportunities

An Expert's View about Primary and Secondary Education in Qatar

Last updated: 21 Aug 2011

Qatar is investing significant amounts into education at all levels. The country’s hydrocarbon-fuelled economy has provided the means to rapidly develop an evolving education system with the necessary resources by committing a substantial amount of money and brainpower towards providing free, quality education to citizens for decades.

Sector briefing Education & Training Opportunities in Qatar Why Qatar? Qatar is investing significant amounts into education at all levels. The country?s hydrocarbon-fuelled economy has provided the means to rapidly develop an evolving education system with the necessary resources by committing a substantial amount of money and brainpower towards providing free, quality education to citizens for decades. The government continues to invest heavily in its efforts to turn its vision into a reality. Education has been allocated QR19.3bn (£3.3bn) in the 2011/12 national budget. The State education system in Qatar is free at all levels for Qatari citizens. With the establishment of an Independent Schools ?Qatar is an excellent market System, English has become the medium of education. for English language courses and demand for English In order to fulfil the vision of the education language courses in the UK is leadership the government created the high and continues to grow.? Supreme Education Council (SEC) as part of the first stage of an ongoing restructuring effort and a nationwide initiative known as ?Education for a New Era.? The SEC is responsible for education policy and setting broad and comprehensive goals for the school system. Under SEC, a new school system known as The Independent School Model was introduced. With the introduction of National UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education & Training opportunities in Qatar Curriculum Standards, education has moved Technology Park, which has more than 21 away from the traditional methods of rote companies involved in scientific research and learning towards a more analytical, problem- development. One of these is the Imperial solving approach, with English being the College Robotics Surgery Centre. medium of instruction. In 2009, Qatar Foundation launched another The mission of the current education system is initiative on innovative education called The to make schoo World Innovation Summit for Education ls and classrooms an exciting (WISE). The focus of WISE is to encourage place to learn; to encourage all students to innovative solutions not achieved by traditional make the most of their talents; to hold schools education. measurably accountable to high performance standards; and to nourish faith, values, and Qatar Foundation has also established an national aspirations. organisation called Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF). QNRF encourages and funds In November 2007, the SEC launched another research and development in areas of interest ambitious project called The Outstanding to the State of Qatar. Under QNRF, funding is Private Schools Project. This was designed to available to individual researchers, schools and encourage international private schools to open universities in partnership with Qatar-based branches in Qatar. Schools who wish to set up organisations. under this project would benefit from a number of incentives that have been introduced by a Qatar has made it a priority to become a leader Committee which was formed for this task. So in the Gulf in terms of higher education. far, two international schools from the UK have Education is one of the sectors that are exempt joined the programme. The SEC is looking to in the Foreign Investment Law from the need attract 2-3 international schools to open to have a local Qatari partner or sponsor in branch campuses in Qatar over a five-year order to set up in Qatar. period. But at the moment only 3 international schools (two from the UK) have joined the Skills programme. Qatarisation puts huge pressure on citizens to At the present Qatar operates a dual system in perform, but many simply lack the proper skills terms of primary, preparatory and secondary set. A significant focus in a wider national schools. The SEC is responsible for directing strategy, known as Qatar Vision 2030, is being academic reform at all levels as Qatar works given to up-skilling Qatari males and females towards its desire for the K-12 education to compete for better employment system to meet international standards. opportunities in energy and industry sectors and the introduction of many initiatives and The higher education sector in Qatar consists changes to improve the image of vocational of the University of Qatar which started life in education in the minds of Qatari citizens. 1977, and Qatar Foundation's Education City which has partnership agreements with a To support the Vision, the Supreme Education number of world class universities. Council has introduced vocational education standards. It has also set up, in partnership Qatar Foundation with Qatar Central Bank, a secondary independent school for commerce and finance. In 1995 Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Industry-focused vocational training has also Amir of the State of Qatar, founded Qatar been given momentum through setting up Foundation, a non-profit organisation in charge specialised vocational training centres such as of the ongoing development of higher Qatar Independent Technical School, Qatar education. Qatar Foundation focuses on Petroleum Training Centre, College of North education, scientific research and community Atlantic, Institute of Administrative development. Under the Qatar Foundation?s Development and The Community College of umbrella is the Education City which houses Qatar (CCQ) which has opened its doors in branch campuses for six American universities, September 2010 to meet the current and one French university and one UK university emergent needs of the Qatar educational (UCL-Q). Another key organisation under Qatar Foundation labour market needs. The creation of is the Qatar Science & UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education & Training opportunities in Qatar Community College Project under SEC has become as part of 2030 National Vision. The Community College provides students with post-secondary vocational education and job training that could lead to pursuing a university bachelor?s degree or a career in the industry upon graduation. Education has also become an integral part of the activities of some big companies in Qatar as part of their social responsibility. A major developer, Msheireb Properties, have recently launched ?Green Schools Programme? where schools are encouraged to adopt green best practices. The programme aims to reach, inspire and reward students and schools based on their eco-conscious activities. Doha Bank and UNESCO have also launched a similar programme recently, Eco-Schools Programme, aimed at encouraging and supporting implementation of good environmental practices, reduction of the carbon footprint and increased Eco-consciousness. Find general information on the Qatar market conditions on UKTI?s website.. The Doing Business Guide for Qatar gives an overview of Qatar?s economy, business culture, potential opportunities and an introduction to other relevant issues. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education & Training opportunities in Qatar Opportunities Major events and activities Qatar is an excellent market for English Events in Qatar language courses and demand for English language courses in the UK is high and WISE Qatar continues to grow. The further education sector 1-3 Nov 2011 is also growing for Qataris. Opportunities in the education sector include those associated with Corporate Training MV new privately funded schools; taking part in Dec 2011 the Outstanding Private Schools Project; setting up new international schools; teacher Connect the World Arab summit professional development training; curriculum Dec 2011 design and standards; innovative teaching/learning methodologies, pedagogy UKTI Education Exhibition (tbc) and equipment; school furniture; and learning Feb 2012 difficulties. The awarding bodies that should be approached for these opportunities are the Supreme Education Council, The Higher Events in the UK Education Institute, the Evaluation Institute and the Outstanding Schools Oversight BETT 2012, London Committee. There is also an increasing demand by corporate companies for various 11-14 Jan 2012 training modules that would help them perform well in an increasingly competitive market. Education Show, Birmingham If you have any questions on the opportunities 15-17 March 2012 above, contact the UKTI contacts named in this report. Business opportunities aimed specifically at UK companies are added daily to Events in the Region UKTI?s website. These leads are sourced by our staff overseas in British Embassies, High Gulf Educational Supplies & Solutions Commissions and Consulates, across all sectors (GESS), Dubai and in over 100 markets. 28 Feb-1 March 2012 You can be alerted to business opportunities on a regular basis by registering on the UKTI Find full details of all events in this website. Find out more on UKTI?s business country and sector on the UKTI website. opportunities service on the UKTI website. New export events are added daily to the site and you can register to be alerted to them on a daily, weekly or monthly basis UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) provides grant support for eligible Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) to attend trade shows overseas. Find out more about UKTI support for attendance at overseas events. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education & Training opportunities in Qatar UKTI contacts Next steps - How UKTI can help Bassam Al Tahtamouni Senior Commercial Attaché British companies wishing to develop their British Embassy Qatar business in the Qatari market are advised to Tel: +974 449 62075 undertake as much market research and Email: planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in Qatar with its wide local knowledge and experience, can provide a range of services to British-based companies wishing to grow their business in global markets. This can include: ? Provision of market information ? Validated lists of agents/distributors ? Key market players or potential customers in the Qatari market ? Establishment of interest of such contacts in working with you ? Arranging appointments ? 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Posted: 21 August 2011, last updated 21 August 2011