The University of Calgary in Qatar (UCQ) and the Community College of Qatar (CCQ) have signed an agreement that will improve health care in Qatar by creating new paths for students to receive a nursing education. The agreement focuses on long-term cooperation and was signed between UCQ, Qatar’s only school of nursing, and CCQ at a ceremony that took place on 15 May at CCQ’s campus. The Letter of Agreement is aimed at establishing a joint academic education programme between the two parties, to be known as the “1+3 collaborative program”.

The partnership between the two institutions will allow students to gain a foundation year at CCQ before continuing their education at UCQ, enabling them to actively contribute to the local workforce in their area of expertise. The 1+3 program will begin with students in their first year of study (“Phase 1”) at CCQ, during which they will complete such classes as Anatomy, Physiology, Bioethics and other elective courses as required by the program. These classes have been selected and agreed upon by both institutions and will be awarded full credit at UCQ once students have matriculated. Students will not be required to take the International English Language Test (IELTS), as the language of instruction of both universities is English.

The healthcare knowledge and skills developed at UCQ are of great value, benefitting families, individuals, and the broader Qatari community which align with the Qatar National Vision 2030. Dr Kim Critchley, Dean and CEO of UCQ said:

UCQ is pleased to be collaborating with CCQ. This joint effort is part of our objective to promote the nursing field and improve access to a world-class education for everyone – and this agreement highlights the possibilities for innovative collaborations between the two institutions.’

Acceptance into the second year of the study (“Phase 2”) is based on students’ cumulative GPAs, which are calculated from the 29 credit hours earned while at CCQ, which includes the relevant prerequisites from UCQ. Those students who meet the admissions requirements and receive an acceptance letter will automatically be enrolled as undergraduate students in UCQ’s Bachelor of Nursing Program.

Professor Ibrahim Al Naimi, CCQ President commented :

This strategic agreement came about as a result of both institutions (CCQ and UCQ) desire to provide continued value to students, by providing them with additional support once they have finished their first year of education. It was only a natural partnership for the two educational establishments in Qatar – it is a winning trade-off for both institutions and of course, the students.’

UCQ educates Qatar’s rising nursing leaders, offering Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Nursing designed in collaboration with the country’s nursing community. To learn more about UCQ, visit

CCQ is committed to providing students with an education that will help map their future and our focus is on students’ success. To learn more about CCQ, visit

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