Dr. César O. Malavé

Dean, Texas A&M University at Qatar

We offer degrees in four of the engineering disciplines that are offered on our main campus: petroleum, chemical, mechanical, and electrical engineering. At the branch campus, we have six programs in total, because we also have a science program to teach courses associated with engineering degrees, in addition to a liberal arts program. We also offer a master's degree in chemical engineering. We are proud to have strong ties with HBKU. We collaborate with HBKU in helping teach some undergraduate computer engineering programs. We are also working together on their executive programs, with some of our faculty teaching them. However, we also collaborate a lot with HBKU in a variety of different research programs and projects. We are currently working on a dual PhD. program in chemical engineering on our side and sustainable systems on their side, so that graduates would receive one degree from Texas A&M and the other from HBKU.

Dr. Akel I. Kahera

Dean, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUQatar)

We were sought out by the Qatar Foundation (QF) after a global search for a top-tier educational institution with which to partner. At our first commencement, HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser stated there was a strong correlation between her vision of the QF's development and the field of design. We opened a branch campus in Qatar in 1998 because it offered a unique opportunity to expand our reach and further our vision to be a premier urban, public research university distinguished by its commitment to the success of a diverse student body, research, and discovery and to the global engagement of students, faculty, and staff that transforms lives and communities. As Her Highness attested at our 10th anniversary, the partnership between VCU and the QF is a special cornerstone of the QF. We were invited because we are the number one public school of arts in the US, and many more have now followed us to Qatar.

Dr. Ivan Ninov

Executive Dean, Stenden University Qatar (SUQ)

We have been busy this past year at Stenden. We are currently the only provider of tourism and hospitality management and education programs in Qatar. We also have international business and management studies programs and offer business administration bachelor's degrees. We currently have 350 students. About 40% of our students are Qatari and 60% are foreigners or children of expats living here. Over the past year, we tried to improve the quality of our academic programs by introducing a new quality assurance mechanism by adding a few tools to satisfy our stakeholders, and the positive results are being seen now. We have done a lot of research, even though we are not a major research university. We also established a center for business research, which currently organizes seminars for the academic community in Doha. Beyond that, we have also begun the process of building a new campus, which we will move to in three years.

Dr. Samuel P Evans CBE

Director, UCL Qatar

We care about creating the professionals that will work in the public or private sectors, bring our cultural heritage to life, and lay the foundations of a wider cultural heritage industry that blends into the wider tourism offering that Qatar is developing as part of its economic diversification program. The two masters' programs we offer are library and information studies and museum and gallery practice. The first is about creating the physical infrastructure through which knowledge is shared. Essentially, it is about knowledge management and how you use, and harvest, information available in the form of books or electronic information in a manner that is made readily accessible for the professionals to consume. It is about creating an infrastructure of high quality professionals who are able to project and communicate the value of cultural heritage, and culture in general, to the local population who are extremely interested in heritage and identity. It is also to increase the number of visitors who come to Qatar.

Prof. Dr. Emad ElDin Shahin

Dean, College of Islamic Studies (CIS)

What distinguishes CIS is the unique approach it offers for Islamic studies. CIS represents a major shift away from the traditionalist way and methods, adopted by conventional universities. We have been offering Islamic studies within the framework of the social sciences and the interdisciplinary nature of the sciences. Another distinguishing feature is the language of instruction. We are one of the few bilingual Islamic colleges, in both English and Arabic. The concentrations of Qur'anic Studies and Fiqh are offered in Arabic, while the rest in English. We combine modern methodologies with the Islamic heart and spirit. As the first homegrown faculty within the Qatar Foundation, CIS offers postgraduate studies in Islamic disciplines to Qatari students, as well as an international student body. In addition, CIS is also an integral part of Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU). We work to assist in the mission of transforming Qatar into a knowledge-based society and to make this country a leader in science and research in contemporary Islamic studies.