Education City is an educational district on the outskirts of Doha, in the city of Al-Rayyan, Qatar, opened in 2001 by the non-profit group, Qatar Foundation. It is located 6.5 miles (10.5 kilometers) north east of Doha's city center, along Al Luqta Street, Huwar Street and Al-Rayyan Al-Jadeed Street, near the Slope Roundabout, Al Attiya Roundabout, Al Dana Gardens, and Doha Racing Club. It covers an area of 14 square kilometres (150.7 million square feet) and houses educational institutions including schools, research centers, university campuses, and an equestrian center.
Education City's multi-institutional campus has branch campuses for United States universities that include Virginia Commonwealth University (VCUQ), offering a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC-Q), offering 2 and 4 year medical programs, Texas A&M University (TAMUQ), offering bachelors and masters degrees in science programs, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU-Q), offering undergraduate degrees in business and technology, Georgetown University (SFS-Qatar), offering a bachelor's degree in foreign service, and Northwestern University (NU-Q), offering degree programs in journalism and communication.
Schools and Education Centers
Education City will have a variety of schools with various curricula, including the Qatar Academy, K-12 school offering the International Baccalaureate programmes, and The Learning Center School (TLCS), with grades 1-12 for students experiencing academic problems. The Academic Bridge Program (ABP) is a co-educational post-secondary school program founded in 2001 to help students make the transition from high school to university.
Research and Science Centers
• Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) - a 45 thousand square meter (484 thousand square feet) office and laboratory facility that provides a supportive environment for international companies, institutes and entrepreneurs in order to develop the latest technologies in Qatar.
• RAND-Qatar Policy Institute (RQPI) - works with decision-makers to develop and implement solutions to complex public policy issues for its clients across the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.
• Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) - will support research in fields of national interest by researchers, both students and professionals, in the private, public and academic sectors. Currently its funding programs are the Undergraduate Research Experience Program and the National Priorities Research Program.
• Sidra Medical and Research Center - a medical facility, scheduled to be completed in 2011, that will provide patient care, medical education and biomedical research, in addition to being the primary teaching venue for Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar.
• Doha Debates - monthly political debate program discussing regional issues which started in 2004 and broadcasts on BBC World News and is filmed at the Qatar Foundation headquarters. The auditorium seats 350 people from 30 high schools and universities who question the speakers and vote electronically to pass or reject a motion.
• Al Jazeera Children's Channel (JCC) - an Arabic language edutainment channel launched in 2005 by Qatar based Al Jazeera television network, whose headquarters are in Education City.
• Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) - facility for conventions and exhibitions which will open in 2011 and covers an area of 200 thousand square meters (2.1 million square feet). The convention center will be managed by AEG Ogden, and contain 40 thousand square meters (431 thousand square feet) of exhibition space divided into 9 halls, a multi-purpose 4,000 seat conference hall, a 2,500-seat theatre, 52 meeting rooms, VIP lounges, catering facilities and prayer rooms.
• Al Shaqab Academy and Equestrian Centre - a 800 thousand square meter (8.6 million square feet) facility designed in a horseshoe shape that will have indoor and outdoor performance arenas for show jumping and dressage competitions, riding academy and equestrian club, veterinary clinic, hospital and research facilities, endurance training center, and breeding center. It will also have dining facilities, 300-bedroom hotel, VIP stables, staff accommodations, outdoor barbeque area, museum with exhibition area, library, and trophy hall.