University College London is one of the world’s leading multi-disciplinary universities, currently ranked seventh in the world (QS World University Rankings 2015). UCL was established in 1826 in order to open up education in England for the first time to students of any race, class or religion. Its founding principles of academic excellence and research aimed at addressing real-world problems inform the university’s ethos to this day.
UCL, in partnership with Qatar Foundation and Qatar Museums, has created UCL Qatar, a leading centre of excellence for the study of cultural heritage. In doing so, UCL became the first British university to open a campus in Qatar. We welcomed our first intake of students in August 2012 and have since enrolled more than 140 students from over 40 countries. Drawing upon the renowned expertise of the UCL Institute of Archaeology, London, leading academic scholars, teachers and scientists implement our unique curriculum and research.
UCL Qatar offers a rigorous and dynamic learning environment with two Master's degree programmes, the MA in Library and Information Studies, which was launched in collaboration with Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU) in summer 2013, and the MA Museum and Gallery Practice.
A key element to our objectives is to work to support the development of Qatar’s cultural heritage sector, as outlined in the National Vision 2030. UCL Qatar provides short training courses for mid-career professionals working within the cultural heritage sector, and staff and students work closely with the countries museums and heritage sector.
In establishing UCL Qatar, UCL seeks not only to create the leading centre of excellence in the Gulf region for the study of library science and museology, but to strive with the community to bring cultural heritage to the forefront. Our outreach programmes, school activities and public lectures are allowing the community to learn more about Qatar’s rich cultural past, as well as archaeological and historical issues within the wider region.