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Higher Education in Qatar

Earning higher certificates and degrees is crucial for young students to pursue professional careers in different sectors across the country. By building on what they have learnt throughout their academic studies – particularly the university years, graduates can use their skills and knowledge to contribute to the  sustainable development of their community.

In this context, Qatar provides its learners with a sophisticated educational system that boosts state-of-the-art technology and world-class curriculum. It further offers students a wide range of disciplines locally and abroad to enable them to interact with all advanced systems in the future.

Qatar spares no effort to facilitate all necessary arrangements and enable its students to continue their higher education through a wide range of privileges, including internships, scholarships, etc. 
To encourage private investment in the higher education sector, the State enacted several motivational laws and funded the establishment and development of universities and colleges. The number of universities in Qatar amounted to 32 in 2020 compared with 16 in 2014. Over 39,000 students have been registered in these universities during the 2019-2020 academic year.

The higher education institutions in Qatar offers 366 educational programs for the 2020-2021 academic year, with 57% of these programs offered by Qatar University, Community College of Qatar, College of the North Atlantic – Qatar  and Hamad Bin Khalifa University.
Those post-secondary institutions include 10 public institutions   offering 206 academic programs, 5 military institutions offering 19 academic programs and 8 institutions affiliated with Qatar Foundation, which offer 69 academic programs. In addition, there are 9 private institutions offering 72 academic programs.

Public Higher Education Institutions

  1. ​Qatar University
  2. Qatar Aeronautical Academy
  3. College of the North Atlantic – Qatar
  4. Qatar Olympic Academy with Spain's University of Lleida
  5. University of Calgary in Qatar
  6. Qatar Finance and Business Academy with Northumbria University
  7. Community College of Qatar
  8. Qatar Leadership Center with Georgetown University
  9. Rule of Law  and Anti-Corruption Centre with Sussex University
  10. Ras Laffan College For Emergence and Safety in Collaboration with Central Lancashire University
Military Higher Education Institutions

  1. ​Ahmed Bin Mohammed Military College
  2. Al Zaeem Mohammed Bin Abdullah Al Attiya Air College with Aix-Marseille University -France
  3. Police College
  4. Joaan Bin Jassim Joint Command and Staff College​ 
  5. Mohammed Bin Ghanim Al Ghanim Naval Academy with Piri Reis University​
  6. Police Institute
Qatar Foundation Universities

Qatar is home to international higher education institutions supported by Qatar Foundation, including:

  1. ​Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar
  2. Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar
  3. Texas A&M University in Qatar
  4. Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q)
  5. Northwestern University in Qatar
  6. Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar
  7. Hamad Bin Khalifa University
  8. HEC Paris in Qatar
  9. Education Development Institute in Partnership with UCL
​Private Higher Education Institutions

  1. ​Al Rayyan International University College previously (Stenden -Qatar University)
  2. Doha Institute for Graduate Studies
  3. AFG College with the University of Aberdeen
  4. University Foundation College
  5. City University College with Ulster University
  6. Oryx Universal College with Liverpool John Moores University
  7. Lusail University
  8. Global Studies Institute with the Arkansas State University, the University of South Carolina, and the State University of New York Adirondack
  9. MIE-SPPU Higher Education Institute in partnership with Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU)​



The higher education institutions and accredited programs for the 2020-2021 academic year can be viewed here .

The programs that have been suspended in the 2020-2021 academic year can be viewed here .

To view an alignment between the academic programs offered by all higher education institutions in Qatar for the 2020-2021 academic year, click here ​.