Posted on February 26, 2020

College of the North Atlantic - Qatar (CNA-Q) and Community College of Qatar (CCQ) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will see the two post-secondary organizations work together on a number of projects and initiatives that will further enhance academic and training programs, and research. In doing so, both entities will maintain a steadfast commitment towards supporting Qatar’s National Vision 2030.

The MOU was signed by Dr. Khalifa Al-Khalifa, President of CNA-Q and CCQ President Dr. Mohamed Al-Naemi, at a ceremony held at CNA-Q attended by executives and leadership from both Colleges.

The MOU follows the formation, last year, of a committee established to develop academic integration between technical Colleges in Qatar. “I am extremely pleased to be here today signing this important document,” said CNA-Q President Dr. Khalifa. “This is the next logical step in the progression of this College. I am excited about what this will mean for the future of both our fine institutions, and all of our students.” The MOU will allow the two Colleges to conduct joint projects, allow for joint curriculum development and content, and for the secondment of faculty members.

On this occasion, Dr. Mohammed Al-Naemi, President of the Community College of Qatar, expressed his happiness at signing the Memorandum of Understanding with CNA-Q, saying: “The signing of today's agreement comes as a confirmation of our continuous commitment to achieving academic excellence, as it will enhance academic and training cooperation between the two institutions by implementing programs and joint research and projects and the encouragement of mutual scientific, research and training visits.

He added: "In the interest of CCQ enhancing the integration between higher education institutions in the country by absorbing graduate diplomas in the Bachelor's programs offered by the College, the College also provides an opportunity for CNA-Q graduates to obtain a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.”

CNA-Q opened in 2002 after a world-wide search to bring the best technical and vocational training to the State of Qatar, in support of the booming energy and industry sector. CNA-Q has graduated close to 6000 students from 30 certificate and diploma programs tailored to meet the needs of Qatar’s growing and changing economy, in the fields of: Business and Information Technology, Engineering Technology and Industrial Trades and Health Sciences. All programs follow Canadian curriculum, are developed with input from local industry and business stakeholders, and are taught by international instructors with extensive industry experience.