The Qatar Foundation's full name is
the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development.
It is a private, chartered, nonprofit
organization that was founded in 1995 by the Emir of Qatar,
His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani. Sheikha
Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, who is a wife of the Emir,
chairs the Qatar Foundation.
The mission of the Qatar Foundation has always been twofold:
to provide educational opportunities and to improve quality
of life for the people of Qatar and the region. Specifically, the
Qatar Foundation's mission is to prepare the people of Qatar and the region to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world, and to make Qatar a leader in innovative education and research. To achieve that mission, QF supports a network of centers and partnerships with elite institutions, all committed to the principle that a nation's greatest natural resource is its people. Education City, Qatar Foundation's flagship project is envisioned as a Center of Excellence in education and research that will help transform Qatar into a knowledge-based society.
projects were the Qatar Diabetes Association (1995) and the
Social Development Center (1996).
Other projects currently being developed by the Qatar
Foundation are the Qatar Science & Technology
Park, which will
house technology-based companies and entrepreneurs, and will
link the Education City universities with industry; the
Sidra Medical & Research Centre, a
specialty teaching hospital for pediatric and high-risk OB patients,
which will serve as the primary teaching venue for
Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar; and a state-of-the-
art conference and convention centre.