Qatar Foundation (QF) announced the launch of Qatar Academy for Science and Technology (QAST), a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) school under the umbrella of its Pre-University Education (PUE). QAST is currently open for admissions for the 2018-2019 academic year.
QF-PUE President Buthaina Ali Al Nuaimi said that QAST aims to nurture and develop talented students to become innovators, and future leaders in the area of STEM. As Qatar Foundation’s newest school under the PUE umbrella, QAST will offer a programme focused on STEM learning, hands-on science skills, and innovative thinking, which will allow students to apply their knowledge to real-world challenges using traditional and modern methods. By offering a specialised environment, led by highly-qualified STEM experts, students will be taught in science and technology fields which they can then pursue in the future.
The core content of the school will be built around the challenges identified in the Qatar National Research Strategy. Enrolment with QAST will allow students to work towards such contributions in novel ways.
QAST Director Dr Gregory J Moncada explained that as part of Qatar Foundation, QAST will provide students not only with world-class education, but with educators and facilities that no other academic institution within the country can provide.
Our teachers are hand-picked STEM experts and educators, our facilities are state-of-the-art, and our curriculum is tailored to fit each and every student’s needs. We look forward to fostering, and eventually graduating, the next generation of future leaders in STEM.’
QAST officially opens its doors to students in August 2018, welcoming 40 Grade 9 boys and girls who will benefit from the programme’s student-to-teacher ratio of 20:1. Selected students must have reached the criteria listed in the application as well as demonstrated interest in science. Application to QAST is open until 30 May 2018.