Posted on March 19, 2019

College of the North Atlantic – Qatar (CNA-Q) and UK’s University of Hertfordshire (UH) signed a Progression Agreement allowing CNA-Q graduates to earn baccalaureate degrees. The agreement includes pathways for three of the College’s academic schools, paving the way to nine different degree programs.

At the signing ceremony announcing the academic pathways today, the UK university announced that it will offer a scholarship to each CNA-Q student who enrols with them, covering 15 per cent of the first year’s tuition.

“Our mandate at CNA-Q is to provide internationally-recognized technical and vocational education and training in partnership with employers for Qatar’s evolving economy. In addition, we believe that collaboration with other higher educational institutions is integral to ensuring our graduates have diverse options for continuing their education and to achieve higher credentials. The agreement formalized today will enable our students to increase their technical know-how by achieving baccalaureate degree credentials in their field of specializations, by expanding on the high-quality technical education gained at CNA-Q,” said Ms. Samah Gamar, CNA-Q’s Vice-President, Academic. “Further, we are so pleased that UH is extending generous scholarships for our students. This is a true testament to the strong partnerships formed today and UH’s confidence in our students.”

Business Studies students can complete a BA in the disciplines of Business Administration, Business and Accounting, Business and Marketing, Business and Human Resources or Human Resources Management. Graduates of the three-year I.T. programs can complete a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science/ Information Technology.  Engineering Technology graduates can achieve BSc (Hons) in Automotive Technology with Management, or BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

“University of Hertfordshire has a long history of technical education, and our two institutions are aligned in values of higher education and vocational learning. One of the core aspects of our university, like CNA-Q, is to maintain strong connections with industry and business leaders, which leads to a high rate of employability and professional success for our graduates,” Mr. Stuart Smith, Director of International at UH. “We are pleased to be in Qatar today to sign this progression agreement, which formalizes our partnership and our commitment to ensuring CNA-Q’s students go on to achieve great success in their education.”

Founded in 1952 UH was first called Hatfield Technical College, later moving to a polytechnic model, before being granted university status in 1992. HU has over 25,000 students and 165,000 alumni. Since its inception in 2002, CNA-Q has grown to offer 26 diploma and certificate programs in applied, technical and occupationally-aligned fields. It has graduated thousands of students who have infused Qatar’s industries and sectors with work-ready professionals. This year marks the 17th year that CNA-Q has been providing experiential technical education in Qatar to support the State’s strategic vision for human capital development.