Qatar has a number of specialised State facilities at the secondary education level and beyond, such as the Qatar Independent Technical School (QITS), under the management of Qatar Petroleum. As part of Qatargas High School Internship Programmes, QITS students are provided opportunities for placements over the summer holidays to experience work familiarisation on-site at Ras Laffan. Other centres include a Religious Institute and the Secondary School of Commerce.
Alfaisal Without Borders (Alf) Foundation is a charitable foundation established in 2011 by HE Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani to promote sustainable development and improved quality of life for people around the world. Alf focuses on empowering those in need – regardless of their race, colour, culture, religion or social status – by providing financial support and soft loans. It also aims to contribute to the establishment of universities, hospitals, medical centres and clinics, social and cultural centres, nurseries and kindergartens, knowledge centres and research libraries.
The Foundation is in partnership with German organisation Vivantes to build a nursing school in Qatar to support the nation’s growing healthcare industry.
Aspire Academy was established in 2004 to provide sports training and high quality education to Qatari boys with sporting potential from Grade 7 to 12. The Academy also runs Multi-Sport Skills Development Centers across Qatar to promote sport and prepare talented youths before they reach the age to be considered for the Academy.
Josoor Institute, launched in December 2013, hosts conferences and seminars, and runs short training courses, on subjects relating to the business, hosting and management of major events, with a heavy emphasis on sport. Josoor Institute introduced a new set of longer term programmes early in 2015, which offer professional certificates and diplomas.
Qatar Leadership Academy (QLA) is a member of Qatar Foundation (QF). Located in Al Khor and founded in 2005 with an innovative partnership between QF and the Qatar Armed Forces, QLA is an IB World School, offering both a US Diploma programme and the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma programme. It accepts male Muslim Arabic Speaking cadets aged 12 to 16 (Grade 7–11), regardless of nationality. Cadets are admitted only after entrance exams in Arabic, English and Mathematics, followed by an interview and, finally, a fitness assessment.
Qatar Leadership Centre (QLC) launched its first Current and Future Leaders Programme for those aged 25 to 35 in 2011 and has added additional programmes since. It is open to both male and female Qatari nationals. For the Current and Future Leaders Programme candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree or above, be between the ages of 25 and 35, have a minimum of three years’ work experience, and a sound command of English and Arabic.
For the Current and Future Executive Leaders Programme (age group 36 to 46) candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree or above, be in a managerial position in their workplace, have a minimum of 10 years’ work experience, and a sound command of English and Arabic.
The first batch of 14 nannies graduated from the Qatar Nanny Training Academy (QNTA) in 2014. Initiated by Qatar Foundation, the Academy aims to educate younger generations while preserving the Arabic language and Qatar’s culture and traditions. Students on the 10-month programme are drawn from Arab countries; the training includes specialised courses in all aspects of childcare, including first aid, nutrition, hygiene, education, and Arabic, Islamic and cultural studies.
The Qatar Society for Rehabilitation of Special Needs attends to the social, mental, academic and healthy rehabilitation of people with special needs in society, in keeping with the Islamic principles, traditions, customs of Qatari society.