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UCL Qatar (2010-2020)

UCL Qatar was established in partnership with Qatar Foundation to become the center of Excellence for Cultural Heritage and Knowledge Management in Qatar.

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Over 10 years of operation, UCL Qatar offered a Diploma in Academic Research and Methods, MA in Conservation Sciences, MA in Archaeology of the Arab and Islamic World, MA in Museums and Gallery Practice, MA in Library and Information Studies and a PhD programme.
The infographic below (click to enlarge) highlights some of UCL Qatar's key achievements between 2010 and 2020:

The courses graduated 330 students who, in addition to the regular academic offerings, were able to take advantage of research and professional development grants, student trips and over 100 student placements in international cultural institutions.

UCL Qatar delivered 230 professional education courses, attended by more than 2,500 participants. Aiming to support both emerging and established heritage professionals, many of the short courses had a regional and local focus.


UCL Qatar received over £11m of funding for research for around 100 projects spanning from Myanmar to Spain, with a special focus on the Arab and Islamic World, involving UCL Qatar academics, students and international experts.

The nine world-class conservation and material sciences labs handled and treated over 500 historical objects and hosted more than 30 visiting researchers from 19 countries.

The Library at UCL Qatar was a major source of cultural heritage materials for students, staff and the wider community, with a collection of more than 16,000 volumes of printed books and journals, as well as electronic publications.

Community engagement was one of UCL Qatar’s strategic objectives, with the university’s public engagement programmes taking archaeology, conservation, libraries and museums to communities across Qatar through over 130 public events, which were attended by more than 5,000 attendees and collected over 9,000 online views.

A key focus for UCL Qatar’s outreach programme was children and schools. The university developed a comprehensive set of learning resources for schools, based on five of its projects, which targeted young learners between the ages of six and 16.

UCL Qatar was also home to a diverse community of world-class academics and an accomplished, international team of non-academic staff. Many moved to Qatar to pursue a genuine interest in the nation’s culture and heritage, and play their part in its development and preservation.


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