Qatar is one of the Gulf region’s fastest growing education sectors. After two decades of heightened educational reform investments, markedly increased in the past 5 years, the Qatari Government continues to place the improvement of the national education system at the top of its agenda.
To give you a snapshot of recent developments in this market, here are 10 facts about Qatar’s education sector:
- Qatar places major emphasis on education in line with the Qatar National Vision for 2030, which aims to make the country a self-sufficient, sustainable economy with a highly developed human capital
- To keep pace with rising demand, Qatar needs to construct 8 to 12 new schools with a capacity of 1,500 to 2,000 students per school every year leading up to 2022.
- 57% of K-12 students in Qatar have enrolled in private schools.
- In 1977, Qatar University had 173 students attending. In 2016, over 16,000 students attended the university.
- QU is undergoing major expansions over the next five years, with the ultimate goal of accommodating up to 25,000 students by 2019. Construction and renovation works amounting to $132.7 million are currently underway.
- Education spending almost quadrupled from 3% to 11% from 2007-2014.
- Education funding allocations continue to grow in Qatar, rising from $6.7 billion in 2013-2014 to $7.2 billion in 2015.
- In 2015, 38 schools and kindergartens were already under construction, with another 17 ready to be contracted out for a total value of $343 million.
- Qatar’s education budget for 2017 is $5.7 billion which represents 10.4% of the total expenditure, including funds allocated for finishing 28 schools and nurseries as well as the commencement of 17 new ones this year.
- The government plans to expand the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development and the Qatar University by building a new hostel, students’ affairs building, and campuses for faculties of engineering, education, law, medicine, and medical sciences, and a laboratory for the faculty of sciences.
While there are both new and traditional challenges to overcome, the cooperation between educational technology service providers, Qatar’s schools and universities, and the Ministry of Education itself continues to help create the right conditions for advanced learning and teaching to thrive.
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