Posted on August 18, 2015

Eighty (80) students were granted admission to Qatar University College of Medicine (QU-CMED) which will open its doors in September as the country’s first national medical college.  The student body which comprises 64% nationals, includes 51 Qatari nationals and 29 non-nationals. They were selected from a total of over 700 applicants. “The level of interest in joining the college since it was recently established has exceeded expectations and we congratulate the students who have been successful and who will form the first cohort of QU-trained doctors. They should be very proud of this achievement”, QU President Dr Hassan Al Derham said.

QU Vice President for Medical Education and CMED Dean Dr Egon Toft (pictured) said: “The College has achieved another milestone in its very early history with the admission of the first cohort of medical students trained at the national university in Qatar. We are very pleased with the number of Qatari nationals admitted and pledge our full commitment to supporting them in their studentship to meet the college’s highly demanding requirements. It is also an auspicious achievement for Qatar University attesting to its forward-looking leadership and abiding commitment to the people of Qatar and the future of its healthcare sector.”

80 students admitted to the College 2 [].jpgApproximately 50 students will go directly into the MD program -- the  rest who do not meet the English and mathematics entry requirements will go through Foundation. CMED Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Ms Ghada Al Kuwari said further, “we are very happy with the results of the admission process not only in terms of the numbers of students admitted, especially Qatari nationals, but also in terms of the caliber of the students”, noting that admitted students included 6 with a high-school GPA of 100% and several others with high school GPAs above 99%. 

All Qatari applicants who achieved the minimum high school GPA requirement were granted admission to the College; approximately half of them already meet the English and mathematics requirements and will therefore be admitted directly into the 6-year MD program and are expected to graduate with the Class of 2021.