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Qatar University is committed to providing high-quality education in areas of national priority. Underpinning this commitment is the goal to align its colleges, programs and courses with established international standards and best practices. As a result, QU has been successful in its accreditation initiatives, earning the endorsement of numerous leading international accrediting bodies.

QU has achieved a number of rankings successes, the most recent of which is No 1 in the Arab region in the Round University Rankings (RUR), which followed No 1 in the International Outlook Indicator of the World University Rankings 2015-2016.

QU has continued to develop a vibrant research culture that is reflected in its ambitious research 5-year roadmap entitled “Advancing Research for Qatar’s Future”, listing four priority research areas – Energy, Environment & Resource Sustainability; Social Change & Identity; Population, Health & Wellness; and Information, Communication Technologies. This is further buoyed by its graduate programs, 14 research centers, accredited laboratory facilities, and a teaching and learning environment that places research and international collaboration at the core. Additionally, the organization’s commitment to research excellence is reflected in the success it continues to enjoy in the National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) and Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP) cycles of Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF).

Community engagement is an area which is at the heart of QU’s mission and vision. The organization continues to align its programs and research activities with the needs of the labor market. It also reinforces its position as a driver of social development through the services it offers to the community such as education and training in various disciplines through professional development programs at its Continuing Education Office, College of Pharmacy, and College of Law.


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