Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development, was founded in 2010 to continue fulfilling QF’s vision of unlocking human potential. Students, faculty, staff, partners, and leadership – all share a common belief in the power of higher education to make a positive difference in the global community.
HBKU programs are aligned to market needs – both now and in the future. The university offers opportunities for many of its students to benefit from a multidisciplinary graduate education. The university is endowed with excellent programs, faculty, and resources. There are five colleges - Science and Engineering; Health and Life Sciences; Humanities and Social Sciences; Islamic Studies; and Law and Public Policy. A diverse array of specialized programs are on offer. Areas include cyber security, data science, sustainability, biological and biomedical sciences, law, translation studies, Middle Eastern studies, Islamic studies, and Islamic finance.
Research is integral to HBKU’s mission to help build human capacity in Qatar, playing a pivotal role in HBKU’s academic programs across all its colleges. Students can conduct research alongside experts in their field as well as specialists from different research centers and three National research institutes, who deliver courses as part of graduate programs. National research institutes are at the forefront of efforts to seek novel solutions to grand challenges facing Qatar and the region: Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI), Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI), and Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI).
HBKU graduates emerge as global citizens with life-long learning skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and communications, which will enable them to not only compete, but succeed in the global market. Graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge to take on leading roles within academic, governmental and non-governmental organizations. Our dedicated team hosts an annual career fair with partners from local and international industries to help students explore their passions, values and goals. Some 84% of our alumni are employed in leading organizations in Qatar and overseas and many also continue their graduate studies at top universities across the world.
By living in student housing you have the opportunity to involve yourself in the residential community and learn about leadership development, cultural competence, sustainable living practices and preserving Qatari values and traditions.
HBKU offers on-campus housing for students who have been accepted to HBKU or one of its partner universities across Education City. The 1,200-bed residence, opened in August 2013 and operated by HBKU Housing and Residence Life, has been awarded a LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) Platinum Certificate, which is the highest recognition for sustainable buildings awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The HBKU Library is home to an extensive range of academic and non-academic resources and periodicals. The HBKU Library is for visitors who may be seeking knowledge in areas as diverse as law, religion, science, and the humanities. It more specifically caters to the needs of the university’s student body by maintaining a database of dissertations and theses completed successfully at HBKU.
Wireless and wired internet is offered in all campus accommodation and there is onsite IT support.
There is a primary healthcare center and pharmacy.
Imagine a campus that brings some of the world’s leading universities to your doorstep. Imagine the diversity and its possibilities when students from over 60 countries share knowledge, experiences, and learn new and exciting things together. Imagine being part of a community where learning takes place not only in the classroom but lives within the community, engaging everyone. A regular shuttle service connects the residential complexes to other HBKU and partner university buildings, QF Recreation Center, EC Mosque and local establishments like malls, souqs, and grocery stores. Qatar Foundation’s Recreation Center is another place for students to indulge in recreational activities.
Leagues, facilities, classes, and tournaments are offered year-round to HBKU students in order to promote a healthy lifestyle and wellness. HBKU has a men’s football team and women’s basketball and football teams. QF has a large array of leisure and recreation facilities available, from gym to swimming and exercise classes. These facilities and services have been designed to bring students, staff, and the wider QF community together in a celebration of healthy living.
Students have the opportunity to create student organizations based on shared interests. They will receive support and advice from a staff member in addition to a dedicated budget. Existing opportunities include the HBKU Student Council, International Student Club, and the Qatari Cultural Club.
HBKU and all its programs has been recognized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Qatar under decree number 34, 2017.
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