The state’s permanent constitution enshrines education as one of the basic pillars of social progress, declaring: “The state shall ensure, foster and endeavour to spread [education].” The country’s economic boom over the last two decades has transformed the Gulf state into one of the world’s wealthiest countries, with GDP per capita estimated to be more than $93,352 in 2013, according to the World Bank. The government has outlined a clear vision of leveraging these vast resources…
Education & Research
From The Report: Qatar 2015
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The government of Qatar has identified education as key to meeting the targets outlined in both the National Development Strategy 2011-16 and the Qatar National Vision 2030. Government expenditures in 2014 emphasised education, which accounted for over 7% of the national budget. Private sector actors are also playing an increasingly important role in providing education services, particularly at the primary and secondary levels, with private schools catering primarily to the expatriate population, although the number of Qatari nationals enrolled in these facilities is gradually increasing. Meanwhile, at the tertiary level a number of new research and development facilities across the state are helping to establish a strong cadre of research programmes.
This chapter contains an interview with Mohammed Abdul Wahed Ali Al Hammadi, Minister of Education and Higher Education.