Qatar has modified its scholarship policy for undergraduate studies for its nationals and linked the policy directly to local job market requirements.
The move aims at helping the country develop local human resource in key areas like medical science, nursing, pharmacy, and engineering. Scholarships have also been earmarked for students to specialise in fields like computer science, accountancy, economy, finance and investment and media and culture.
Details about the new scholarship policy for Qatari students for the academic year 2016-17 were announced at a news briefing here yesterday. The briefing was held by senior officials of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, and they included Dr Khalid Al Hurr, Director of the Ministry’s Higher Education Authority.
Unlimited scholarships will be made available for studies, both locally and overseas, for Qataris to pursue bachelor’s degrees in medical science, nursing and pharmacy.
Whereas for undergraduate studies in engineering, 180 scholarships have been earmarked for studies in both, local and overseas universities. For bachelor’s degree in computer science, 80 scholarships will be available for studies in universities in Qatar as well as in a foreign land.
Another 80 scholarships are for graduation in accountancy, economics, finance and investment, among others.
Similar number of scholarships will be available for those pursuing teacher’s education (bachelor’s degree in education) but the scholarships are for studies only in Qatar.
Some 60 scholarships will be available for media studies and studies in culture, and 40 for graduation in planning, statistics and policy. Students completing secondary education (12th grade) are eligible to apply. Rules have been changed as earlier a student could apply up to five years after finishing secondary education. The duration has been shortened to two to ensure students complete higher education early, officials said.
Qataris going overseas for higher education at their expense or at the expense of a sponsoring company, must seek permission from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to ensure that they join only the universities and courses Qatar recognises. Qatar recognises some 2,500 universities worldwide and state scholarships are for joining main university campuses, not their branches, officials said. Al Hurr told reporters that the new scholarship policy for undergraduate studies has been framed after study and in consultation with authorities. He said the policy treats as main factor a student’s interest but aims to guide them to pursue higher education that also best serves Qatar’s interests. (Source / Image)
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