Aberdeen University to build new £100m campus in Qatar

WCN Editorial Team 28 Jan 2019 MIDDLE EAST BUILDINGS

University of Aberdeen, based in Scotland, UK, has drawn up plans to build a new purpose-built, £100m campus in Al Daayan, near Doha, Qatar.

The investment in the new campus by Al Faleh Group (AFG) for Education and Academic Services, the university’s partner in the project, represents the second phase of the group’s partnership with the university.

The 50,000m² campus will provide ample space for plans to expand the range of programmes offered by the university in Qatar, which will include science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects, medical sciences, law, and politics and international relations.

University of Aberdeen principal Prof George Boyne said that the plan for the development of the new campus is a ‘milestone’ for the university.

He said: “The new campus in Al Daayan builds on the success of the initial phase of our partnership with AFG, which since its launch in 2017 has attracted over 400 students to our existing campus in Doha to study our renowned range of business programmes.

“The next phase of the partnership will open up exciting opportunities to expand our range of degrees to include STEM subjects, medical sciences, law, and politics and international relations.

“This truly is a significant moment in our partnership with AFG, and I look forward to continuing our excellent work together as we create a world-class campus that establishes the University as a leader in transnational education.”

The first campus has been opened in Doha in 2017, providing business-related degrees.

AFG chairperson and founder Sheikha Aisha bint Faleh Al Thani said: “The Group’s partnership with Aberdeen University continues to go from strength to strength. Our student numbers are growing beyond expectations and this is matched by ever increasing demand for new academic disciplines.

“The development of our new university campus will compliment His Highness The Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani’s strategic vision to strengthen the provision of quality higher education, which will support a stronger knowledge based economy for the future of Qatar and growth of its peoples.”

UK Ambassador to Qatar Ajay Sharma said: “The academic links and co-operation between Qatar and universities in the United Kingdom are historically strong, but with this development of a purpose built campus opening in Qatar, there will be even greater opportunities for people resident here and from across the world to take advantage of the academic excellence that a world renowned institution such as Aberdeen University has to offer here in Qatar.”

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Image: Rendering of the University of Aberdeen campus in Qatar Photo: Courtesy of University of Aberdeen.

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