Assistant Undersecretary for Higher Education Affairs at MOEHE Dr. Khalid Al Ali
Assistant Undersecretary for Higher Education Affairs at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOEHE) Dr. Khalid Al Ali underlined that the Ministry has taken all necessary measures to support higher education institutions in order to achieve a successful and fruitful academic year, while adhering to all precautionary measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of the preparations of the Higher Education Affairs Sector for the 2021-2022 academic year, higher education institutions in the State of Qatar were directed to adopt the blended learning system for the first semester - fall of the 2021-2022 academic year. Meanwhile, the attendance rate in academic programs that require teaching in campus should not exceed 50% until further notice.
The Higher Education Affairs Sector also sent circulars to higher education institutions for guidance to ensure the smooth integration of students in the new academic year and maintain their safety.
The Higher Education Affairs Sector facilitates all necessary arrangements and procedures to enable students to complete higher education by providing various privileges such as government scholarships, scholarships and others.
The State encourages the private sector to invest in the higher education sector through a number of special laws, and has approved the establishment, equipment and development of universities. The number of universities in the State of Qatar reached 32 universities in 2020, compared to 16 universities in 2014. More than 39,000 students enrolled in those universities during the 2019-2020 academic year.
Higher education institutions in the State of Qatar offer 366 educational programs for the academic year 2020-2021, with Qatar University, the Community College, College of the College of North Atlantic and Hamad Bin Khalifa University providing more than 57% of these programs.
Higher education institutions in the State of Qatar are divided into 10 public institutions offering 206 academic programs, 5 military institutions offering 19 academic programs, 8 institutions affiliated to Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development offering 69 academic programs, and 9 higher education institutions affiliated to the private sector offering 72 academic programs. (QNA)