Posted on February 18, 2017

The University of Calgary in Qatar (UCQ), Qatar’s only school of nursing, officially opened a new building at its Al Rayyan campus on Furousiya Road. The new annex building adds classrooms, labs, and student spaces that will allow the University to improve the learning experience for students and possibly expand classes and programs in the future.

Among those who attended were His Excellency Mr. Adrian Norfolk, the Ambassador of Canada to the State of Qatar and Mr. Abdullah Al Shafei, Coordinator Director, Ministry of Education and Higher Education. Representatives of the Ministry of Public Health, Hamad Medical Corporation, Primary Health Care Corporation, and the College of the North Atlantic – Qatar and others were also in attendance. “It’s always exciting to see this kind of investment in the future of health care education,” said UCQ Dean and CEO Dr. Deborah White. “Qatar has set ambitious goals for health and human development in Qatar National Vision 2030 and the National Health Strategy. UCQ is committed to doing all we can to support those goals - this expansion is a significant step in that journey.”

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The new building provides more than 2,300 m2 of additional classroom and laboratory space. It also includes study and social space for students and office space for students in Master of Nursing programs. Each classroom features a state-of-the-art educational technology system and flexible classroom space that allows for multiple class sizes and configurations. With the additional space, UCQ now has the potential to accomodate up to 1000 students, as resources allow. UCQ is accepting applications from Qatari nationals and residents to its undergraduate and graduate nursing programs through March 1, 2017. For more information about UCQ’s nursing programs, the admission processes, and criteria, please visit the UCQ website at

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