Qatar’s University of Doha for Science and Technology has just graduated its first class. The new university replaced Canada’s College of the North Atlantic Qatar earlier this year and now offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
The College of the North Atlantic–Qatar (CNA-Q) was a branch of the largest technical and skills-training college in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Founded 20 years ago, it worked in partnership with the state of Qatar throughout that period.
Three years ago, the college signed a new service agreement with the state of Qatar supporting the campus’s move to full independence.
Ken MacLeod, CNA-Q’s former president, told Al-Fanar Media that although the transformation was not in the initial agreement, both sides realised it would be inevitable.
Early this year, the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, signed a decree establishing the new university. The University of Doha for Science and Technology is now an independent educational institution with its own leadership, staff, and a new name.
‘A Big Milestone’
The chairman of the new university’s board of trustees, Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, called the transition “a big milestone”, the first time a branch campus of a foreign educational institution in Qatar had become an independent university.
Salem bin Nasser Al-Naemi, president of the University of Doha for Science and Technology, explained: “CNA-Q was established about 20 years ago to transfer knowledge and build a technical college within the nation. The knowledge transfer happened, and so the transformation is the natural progression of our educational institution to meet local and global needs and further develop its position as a world-class university.”