c o v e r s t o r y | w h e r e a r e a l l t h e q a t a r i m e n ?
facts speaks loUder
The report, prepared by Sheikh Hamad bin Jabor bin Jassim AlThani, President o Qatar Statistics Authority (QSA) was a study presented to the Board o Regents o QU. An example o the highlighted phenomenon is the act that in2011 there were no Qatari male graduates in the scientic disci-plines o the Faculty o Arts and Sciences.I students’ opting out o higher education at QU is a commonphenomenon, then considering the act that the institutions within Qatar Foundation (QF) are much more competitive, thereshould be more such instances at the QF institutions. A 21-year-old Qatari, Yaea Al-Yaei, a graduate rom VCUQ,also talked about his experience during his student years.“I know two Qatari males who were studying in Texas A&MQatar, and during their sophomore year they couldn’t take thepressure any more. They dropped out and went to QU to study engineering. Since you couldn’t transer the grades that they gothere, they had to start rom the beginning again,” he says. Al-Yaei agrees that there is stress involved when it comesto studying in colleges here in Qatar (QF, to be more specic).These colleges are rst-class universities, trying to keep theirreputation with strict rules and academics.The problem is that most o the students come romschools in Qatar that don’t prepare them or this intense ex-perience. He says: “Some students take the easy path, andabsent themselves rom classes and the reason or this islaziness more than anything else. They are just not prepared tohandle the pressure and the high level o preparation required inthese colleges.”
what is the reason behind this disconnect?
According to the report, motivation is one o the main reasonsbehind this low level o participation in higher education. Highabsenteeism, ew hours spent on homework and a lack o disci-
as an eXample of this phenomenonwas the fact that in 2011, therewere no qatari male GradUates inthe scientific disciplines of thefacUlty of arts and sciences.
sheikh hamad bin jabor bin jassim al-thani
president of qsa