Published on February 26th, 2012
Learning and Teaching: The Catalyst for Uniting our Energy Nations!
Over the 10-year life-span of College of the North Atlantic-Qatar (CNA-Q), some 1,200 Canadians and their families have come to Qatar to work with us – this number is equivalent to the population of some communities in Newfoundland and Labrador! And a community it is—of people sharing this unique experience, helping to make this project a success, while developing a global mindset that will broaden their horizons and open doors for them and their children for the rest of their lives.
Since opening its doors in 2002, CNA-Q has gone from initial student enrollment of 300 to 3,000 and from a staff complement of 50 to nearly 700 and has expanded to add a number of programs custom designed for the needs of the State of Qatar.
Today, CNA-Q is the State of Qatar’s foremost technological institute and one of its largest post- secondary institutions. CNA-Q offers internationally recognized programs in the areas of Business Studies, Engineering Technology, Health Sciences, Information Technology, and Language Studies & Academics. Additional training opportunities are available through the Corporate Training and Continuing Education department, the campus’ Security Academy, the Centre for Banking and Financial Studies, a technician preparatory program and an entrepreneurship center.
CNA-Q’s infrastructure combines cutting-edge architecture, advanced technology and beauty that incorporates student lounges, swimming pools, cafés, libraries, classrooms, laboratories, auditoriums and luscious courtyards.
The campus celebrates the multiculturalism of its student body through such events as Global Village, where the music, cuisine, art and dance of over 30 nationalities come together in a two-day extravaganza of sight and sound.
The sharing of cultures has become even more reciprocal with the advent of student exchange between CNA and CNA-Q. Students have the opportunity to visit each other’s campus and experience first-hand a diverse culture while continuing their studies.
The ripple effect of this project is beyond measure. The benefits to the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Canada, are staggering and far-reaching. It also brings very real benefits to this progressive country such as long-term economic diversification and sustainability.
With the collective strength of Newfoundland and Labrador’s and the State of Qatar’s burgeoning industries in oil and gas and other developing industries, and driven by the capability of training the necessary labour forces, this partnership has seen each region through to an era of unprecedented growth and prosperity.
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