Qatar’s knowledge-based economy has taken another step forward after HE Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani, Chairman of Al Faisal Holding and of Al Rayyan International Education announced the launch of Al Rayyan International University College (ARIU) in partnership with the University of Derby.

The new ARIU with the University of Derby recently hosted their first student counsellor event at City Centre Rotana Doha. The event provided information about the university, its vision, mission, international and local accreditation and the structure and content of the school’s academic programmes. All these were shared with student counsellors from over 40 different schools in Qatar. The purpose of the event was to enhance collaboration between the university and the various schools in the country.

ARIU programmes

ARIU’s mission is to prepare students for their future management functions, in local and international settings. ARIU is working closely with local and international business organisations, which enable university graduates to be well-placed for their future careers and to be consistently sought after by the industry.

All academic programmes are fully based on the University of Derby’s curriculum and licensed by the University of Derby, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Qatar, and by reputable international accreditation agencies. Upon successful graduation from the academic programmes, students are awarded a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from the University of Derby in the UK.

ARIU currently delivers the following programmes:

  • BSc (Hons) in International Business Management
  • BA (Hons) in International Hospitality Management
  • BA (Hons) in International Tourism Management

Starting from January 2022 and in addition to the undergraduate programmes, ARIU will also offer the following postgraduate courses with more programmes to be added in the future:

  • MSc in Tourism Management
  • MBA Global in Hospitality Management

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