Posted on October 23, 2018

College of the North Atlantic - Qatar (CNA-Q) was packed with prospective Canadian students earlier this week, as the EduCanada Tour launched on campus. Close to 30 Canadian Colleges and Universities were on display. The tour, which is organized by the Canadian Embassy to Qatar, serves as a platform for student exchanges between Qatar and Canada. The fair attracted hundreds of students and parents, who were able to get a first-hand look at what a Canadian education has to offer.

“This is an excellent opportunity to promote Canada as an education destination,” said Canadian Ambassador to the State of Qatar H.E. Stefanie McCollum. “Canada’s educational institutions are internationally respected for their diplomas, degrees and certifications. We are pleased to be here at CNA-Q – a world-class campus – to be able to showcase these schools.” The tour is organized with support of Qatar’s Ministry of Education and Higher Education.  Undersecretary Dr. Ibrahim Al-Naimi spoke of the importance of the event at the opening ceremony. "We are keen to diversify the education opportunities for the students and Canada is well known for the quality of education and some of their institutions ranked among the best 100 universities in the world," said Dr. Al Naimi.

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Since 2002, CNA-Q has been offering technical, career-focused Canadian curriculum to graduate thousands of students who have gone on to pursue higher education or are making an impact in Qatar's knowledge-based economy. The College was the first Canadian post-secondary institution to offer education in Qatar. “For several years we have welcomed the EduCanada tour of the GCC region,” said CNA-Q Vice-President – Academic, Ms. Samah Gamar. “I want to thank the universities and colleges in attendance, as well as Ambassador McCollum and the Canadian government representatives who are here to speak about the visa application process.”

Last year, almost 500,000 foreign students were registered in Canadian universities and colleges.