University of Aberdeen has opened a new campus in Qatar. The move makes the historic institution the first UK university to have a dedicated campus in the Gulf state offering mainstream degrees.
The facility in Doha is a partnership with the Al-Faleh Group for Educational and Academic Services that will initially offer business degrees to Qataris and the country’s expatriate community.
The university will initially offer two undergraduate courses – business management and accountancy and finance – which are expected to attract around 120 students in the 2017-18 academic year.
The new campus is a personal project of Dr Sheikha Aisha al Thani, a member of the Qatari royal family who studied in the UK.
Aberdeen university principal Sir Ian Diamond said: “The opening of the campus in Qatar is a significant milestone in our history. We are one of only a select number of overseas universities chosen to provide higher education in Qatar, which is testament to the strength of our business programmes and our track record of excellence in teaching and research.
“We hope to expand the range of opportunities for students, so that as many people as possible can benefit from the world-class educational experience for which the university is renowned.”