Sidra Medical and Research Center
A high-tech academic medical center initiated by Her Highness Sheikha Moza will offer world-class clinical care, medical training and biomedical research in Qatar.Funded by the Qatar Foundation, a commitment of U.S. $7.9 billion has been made to endow the medical center, the largest cash endowment of a medical and research center anywhere in the world. Scheduled in 2011, Sidra marks only the beginning of a program of investment. Over the coming years, Qatar will invest in a network of new hospitals targeting various niches in the healthcare market. Part of the Qatar Foundation's ambitious Education City project, the medical center will achieve the highest international standards in patient care, teaching and research.
Within the new facility, the research agenda will incorporate clinical and translational studies. A major focus will be women's and children's health, as well as other issues affecting Qatar's general population such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity.The medical center will incorporate the most sophisticated digital technology, from basic administrative functions to the assembly and application of genetic coding in high-level research. The medical center will also represent a significant expansion of Qatar's expertise and resources in medicine and research. It will attract leading scientists and physicians from around the world, creating a biomedical knowledge base which can be exported to the world at large.
The Higher Institute of Nursing
Inaugurated in October 1999, the Higher Institute of Nursing is a national educational body affiliated to the National Health Authority (NHA). It offers a two and a half-year program to obtain the Associated Diploma of Nursing (ADN) in English instructions. The institute aims to prepare qualified nursing national cadres, with a special emphasis on encouraging females to take up this profession. This is why Qatari female students at the institute are offered a monthly allowance of QR1800 each, and tuition is free for non-Qatari female students. In the future it will introduce a bridge program to qualify for a bachelor's degree course in collaboration with the Faculty of Science at Qatar University.
Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q)
The innovative Weill Cornell Medical College - Qatar is a branch of America's prestigious Cornell University campus. It was established in cooperation with Qatar Foundation as part of Education City, the groundbreaking higher education project initiated and led by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. The College offers a complete educational program leading to a medical degree, according to the same admission standards and curricula taught by the Cornell faculty in New York.
Weill Cornell reflects the core development of Qatar's education and health systems. It provides the highest standards of medical education to students in the Middle East and allows them to study within a familiar culture. State-of-the-art technology brings lectures and educational resources from Cornell campus in the United States directly into the classroom in Doha, allowing interaction by streaming video images.
Weill Cornell also creates a vital research center, tackles medical problems of concern in the region, and gives Qatar an important position in the world knowledge. The college is one of the most sophisticated of its kind. The premises offer superb facilities to students and lecturers. The huge, high-tech building was designed by a renowned Japanese architect: Arata Isozaki.