Qatar University

75 th
BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2017
401–500 th
World University Rankings 2018
Al Tarfa, Doha 2713, Qatar

Qatar University at Glance:

In 1973, Qatar’s first national College of Education was founded by decree of the Emir of Qatar, in his vision to place education as a priority in the country’s expansion. Among a small population, the College admitted a respectable 57 male and 93 female students in its first year.

The country’s rapid development highlighted the need for the College’s expansion, to provide additional areas of specialization in line with the requirements of the population.  Therefore, in 1977, Qatar University was founded with four new colleges; Education, Humanities & Social Sciences, Sharia, Law & Islamic Studies, and Science. From there, the institution rapidly expanded, with the founding of the College of Engineering in 1980 and College of Business in 1985.  In addition, it originally supported several small independent research centers, and worked to establish a national community college; the College of Technology.

Following the establishment of Education City and the Qatar Foundation in 1996, a new era of competitive options for local institutions of higher education began, and Qatar University’s functions and services were re-evaluated. In 2003, the University embarked on an ambitious Reform Plan to increase the efficiency of its administrative and academic processes.  To this end, a university-wide Strategic Plan 2010-2013 was launched, incorporating Key Performance Areas which focused on promoting quality education and efficient and effective services.  The Plan also renewed focus on research, leading to the establishment of the Office of Academic Research in 2007, which oversaw a growing number of high-profile satellite research centers.  Community service also became a large focus, and many facilities and services were enhanced and expanded upon, to meet the needs of the public.

Today, Qatar University comprises nine colleges:  Arts and Sciences (CAS); Business and Economics (CBE); Education (CED); Engineering (CENG); Health Sciences (CHS), Law (LAWC); Medicine (CMED); Pharmacy (CPH); and Sharia and Islamic Studies (CSIS). Over the years, the University has continually expanded its wide range of new programs—the largest selection in the country. Now, the University offers the widest range of academic programs with 79 graduate and undergraduate programs.

The University fastidiously seeking the highest international accreditations, and ensuring they are aligned with the growing needs of the labor market and the aspirations of the society it serves. It currently boasts a population of over 19,000 students.

QU Vision and mission:

Qatar University is an intellectual and scholarly community characterized by open discussion, the free exchange of ideas, respectful debate, and a commitment to rigorous inquiry.

All members of the University - faculty, staff, and students - are expected to advance the scholarly and social values embodied by the University.

Our vision:

To be regionally recognized for distinctive excellence in education and research, an institution of choice for students and scholars and a catalyst for the sustainable socio-economic development of Qatar.

Our mission:

Qatar University is the national institution of higher education in Qatar. It provides high quality undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare competent graduates, destined to shape the future of Qatar. The university community has diverse and committed faculty who teach and conduct research, which addresses relevant local and regional challenges, advances knowledge, and contributes actively to the needs and aspirations of society.

University Students:

QU’s diverse and lively student body of over 19,000 is a testament to the potential of Qatar’s greatest future leaders, respected scholars, and inspired artisans.  Students at the university enjoy the convenience and beauty of state-of-the-art facilities and technology, paired with traditional values, in a harmony and ease-of-access which fully supports their education and life experiences. 

In order to ensure students reach their full potential, they are presented with many unique opportunities and challenges. These include participation in Qatar’s top national competitions for grants, international conferences, exclusive study abroad and student exchange programs, and research positions.  The University also offers many continuing education courses, and its various centers provide free workshops and academic tools. All students at QU have a laptop, with certain programs providing even more specific technology, to ensure that students will always have the resources needed to engage and complete tasks.

In addition to academia, supporting students in personal development has always been a major focus at QU.  All students are provided a wealth of resources to ensure their every requirement for success and an exciting student life. These services include:

  • Cutting-edge software and communications tools for ease of access to course materials and their instructors;
  • Large and well-furnished men’s and women’s Student Activities Buildings, which offer an ideal place for students to meet, socialize, and network;
  • A Student Learning Support Center (SLSC), for course help and extracurricular workshops to enhance skills;
  • The Student Counseling Center (SCC); a top-class resource for students who wish to privately discuss important personal matters, including family planning, personal management, acclimating to university life, and anything else on their mind;
  • An impressive offering of cafeterias and dining options, catering to many individual tastes and health requirements;
  • University-sponsored events, trips, and activities, to enhance student life and also encourage meaningful social interaction with each other and faculty;
  • A state-of-the-art library, with an incredible selection of volumes, as well as numerous subscriptions to academic journals, and the ability to request new trials;
  • An award-winning campus, featuring beautiful architecture, easy travel and navigation, many quality-of-life conveniences, and more.

University Faculty & Staff:

Qatar University proudly offers an extraordinary group of over 2,000 prestigious faculty members, ranging from carefully selected international experts, to Qatar’s own top national minds.  Every faculty member is recognized for their experienced research and/or tireless dedication to students, and is able to share a greater passion and insight into their field and how it can help apply to regional needs, as we pursue the National Vision.

QU faculty members are highly encouraged to engage and remain active in the community, and are recognized and awarded for their achievements.  The University strongly promotes research opportunities, and regularly participates in—and ranks at the top of—national research competitions, and provides an array of tools for faculty to present their expertise in the media.

Through Qatar University dedicated tools, QU is excited to share the latest job openings in its ever-expanding list of world-class academic programs, research centers, and departments.

The resources on this site will enable you to search our currently available positions by their respective college or office, and include advanced filtering options to ensure you find the career that’s right for you.


Located just north of the beautiful city of Doha, QU’s award-winning campus offers a breathtaking blend of traditional aesthetics and modern functionality. Employees at the university have access to many brand-new, state-of-the-art classrooms and centers, elaborate and well-maintained facilities, and a continuously expanding list of respected academic programs.  QU is a testament to Qatar’s continual place in the spotlight for its commitment to cultural and educational development.

Other exclusive benefits of QU employment include:

  • A supportive academic and social community, with a year-round schedule of engaging scholastic and cultural events.
  • Clear path to career advancement through the university’s personalized evaluations, ensuring members are encouraged to work to their strengths, and recognized for their achievements.
  • Access to an incredible assortment of academic libraries, professional tools, and cutting-edge IT resources.
  • Discounts on helpful professional and language courses from QU’s Continuing Education Office.
  • An administration which is committed to meaningful planning, transparency in policy and actions, and well-structured venues for feedback and communication.
  • An excellent employment package including competitive salary; personal, academic, and national holidays; Qatari health insurance; children’s education allowance; housing availability; financial support options, and more.

Employee Life

For both Qataris and expatriates, life in Qatar means direct access and engagement with an incredible variety of cultural events, endless shopping opportunities at malls, markets, and boutiques, and a pristine coastline for beach and diving recreation.

As host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and in preparation for the Qatar National Vision 2030, Qatar now has more to offer than ever before, as a focus of unparalleled growth and international excitement.

QU Jobs

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Key statistics

  • 17.6
    No. of students per staff
  • 13,342
    Number of Students
  • 73 : 27
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 42%
    Percentage of International Students
Based on data collected for the 2018 World University Rankings