The Ministry of Education and Higher Education announced an increase in government scholarship seats to 1,500 for the 2024/2025 academic year, up from 700 last year. This expansion is due to an increase in educational tracks from 3 to 8, aiming to meet the needs of Qatar’s labour market.

In an exclusive interview with Qatar News Agency, Dr Hareb Mohammed Al-Jabri, Acting Assistant Undersecretary for Higher Education Affairs, detailed the plan, highlighting its goals of economic growth, equal opportunities, and talent development. Scholarships now include private sector needs and a broader range of tracks such as engineering, science, technology, medicine, education, social sciences, creative economy, vocational, and sports.

Scholarship criteria now consider academic achievement and talent, offering opportunities for diverse student groups. The application process has been streamlined, with new selection criteria for postgraduate studies. Scholarships also ensure financial support, with benefits adjusted for cost of living and inflation.

Top students can choose their specialisation at the best global universities, with generous financial incentives. The policy promotes cultural diversity and requires ministry approval for studying abroad to ensure quality education.

The ministry plans to release new lists of accredited universities and has emphasised cooperation with other government bodies to enhance the scholarship programme.


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