Qatar University



Since its inception in 1973, Qatar University (QU) has served as Qatar’s primary institution of higher education. With more than 17,000 students in its ranks, it is today a beacon of higher education and academic and research excellence in the GCC region. Nine colleges — Arts and Sciences (CAS); Business and Economics (CBE); Education (CED); Engineering (CENG); Health Sciences (CHS); Law (LAWC); Medicine (CMED); Pharmacy (CPH); and Sharia and Islamic Studies (CSIS) — offer the widest range of academic programs in Qatar tailoring them to meet the needs of Qatari society — 31 Bachelors, 26 Masters, 4 Diplomas, and 6 Doctoral programs.

With the vision to be regionally recognized for distinctive excellence in education and research and to be a catalyst for the sustainable socio-economic development of Qatar, the university is the national institution of higher education in Qatar. It provides high quality undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare competent graduates, destined to shape the future of Qatar. The university community has diverse and committed faculty who teach and conduct research, which addresses relevant local and regional challenges, advances knowledge, and contributes actively to the needs and aspirations of society.

Qatar University is advancing its goal to become a leader of economic and social development in Qatar through signed agreements, and academic partnerships with industry, government, academia, business and civil society in Qatar and beyond.


Dr. Hassan Rashid Al-Derham,


Qatar University’s 6th President Dr. Hassan Rashid Al-Derham is recognized for playing a major role in advancing research activity at both university and national levels.  

Dr. Al-Derham assumed the position on 15 June 2015. He was previously Vice-President for Research from 2007 during which he guided QU to its current position as leader of research excellence in the GCC region, which was enhanced by its continuous success in winning the largest percentage of grants in the National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) and Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP) under the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF).

He also served in several earlier roles at QU including Associate VP for Research and Head of Civil Engineering at the College of Engineering.

He holds a PhD and Post-Graduate Diploma in Construction Project Management from University of South Wales, UK which followed obtaining a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech, USA.  His undergraduate is in Architectural Engineering from North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University, USA.

During his term as VP for Research, Dr. Al-Derham successfully developed and implemented the organization’s research policies, procedures, and priorities as well as an ambitious research road map fielding strategic national priorities.

Additionally, under his leadership, several research centers were initiated including the Gas Processing Center, Qatar Road Safety Studies Center, Qatar Mobility Innovations Center, KINDI Lab for Computing Research, Laboratory Animal Research Center, and the Biomedical Research Center. He also led the inauguration of the organization’s multi-million-dollar Research Complex.

Dr. Al-Derham’s research interests include construction productivity, project optimization, legal contracts and procurement.  In 2009, along with his research team, he won Best Paper of the Year in ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management.  He is also a member of several professional international societies and organizations.