Qatar Foundation

Qatar Foundation

Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development supports the transition of Qatar from a carbon economy to one based on the development of knowledge. It was established in 1995 by His Highness The Father Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani. Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser is Qatar Foundation’s Chairperson and driving force. Qatar Foundation structures its actions around three pillars: Education, Science and Research, and associated Community Development.



Qatar Foundation is bringing world-class education, work experience and career opportunities to Qatar so young people can develop the attitudes and skills required for building its new economy and society.

Qatar Foundation pro- vides education at every level, from elementary school through univer- sity, in Education City, a 2,500-acre multiversity on the outskirts of Doha, with a total of nearly 4,000 students of 90 nationalities.

Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, is an emerging re- search university building upon unique collaborations with local and inter- national partners. Located within Education City in Doha, HBKU seeks to provide unparalleled opportunities for scholar- ship, teaching, discovery, and learning for all of its students through an ar- ray of interdisciplinary programs.

HBKU’s partners are Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar, Northwestern University in Qatar, HEC Paris in Qatar, and University College London Qatar.

Science & Research

Qatar Foundation encourages the pursuit of knowledge and the development of new technologies. Central to this approach is combining national research with expertise from abroad to build networks that will yield homegrown solutions for Qatar and the region. It is also building a pure and applied re- search base to help universities and businesses collaborate in translating ideas into commercial realities.

Community Development

While Qatar Foundation supports Qatar in its transition to a knowledge-based economy; it is also helping build the kind of society that will best complement this new era. Community development involves working with partners to foster a progressive society, to enhance Qatar’s cultural life and protect its heritage, and to address immediate social needs, both within the country and abroad.