MAIN GOALS - GENERAL ACTIVITIES - FIELD OF EXPERTISES
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development is a private, non-profit organization established in 1995 by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani that serves the people of Qatar by supporting and operating programs in three core mission areas: education, science and research, and community development. From its origin, Qatar Foundation is envisioned for supporting the State of Qatar on its journey from carbon economy to knowledge economy by unlocking human potential.
The QF community includes students and staff of over 100 nationalities, a 5,000- strong workforce, and 98 member organizations. QF’s pre-university education (PUE) includes K-12 education Qatar Academy schools in six campuses, STEM schools, and two special aid schools. QF’s higher education consists of Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU) and eight partner universities including Carnegie Mellon, Virginia Commonwealth, Georgetown, Texas A&M, Northwestern, Weil Cornell Medicine, UCL, and HEC Paris. QF also embraces Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP), three research centers (QCRI, QEERI, and QBRI), and the Qatar National Research Fund. QF provides various community development programs through Qatar National Library, Green Building Council, Music Academy & Orchestra, and the Arab Museum of Modern Art (Mathaf).
Besides, QF has established several global initiatives, including the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) and the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH). For over two decades, QF has been driving regional innovation and entrepreneurship, fostering social development and a culture of lifelong learning, and preparing our brightest minds to tackle tomorrow’s biggest challenges.
ACTIVITY RELATED TO LOW GHG AND ENERGY CONSUMPTION AND RESILIENT BUILDINGS
Qatar Foundation (QF), as a future knowledge and education hub in Qatar, offers rich sustainability education from K-12 schools to universities. All of the K-12 schools of QF join the Eco-School program, in which students experience a sense of sustainability achievement made by their environmental policies and management, and they can bring the positive sustainability experience to their home and can create a bigger impact on their family members and community.
In QF’s research sector, Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI) studies on Qatar’s energy and water security challenges and tackles climate change at national and regional levels from the scientific perspective. QEERI enhances research capacity on local climate tailored renewable energy system development and energy storage technologies.
As a member organization of QF, Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) endeavors creating a green building and sustainability culture within the industry and the community, through education and communication and providing the industry professionals with expert training on sustainability and green building practices. QGBC offers various education and training programs for the public regarding green building and construction, low-carbon economy, and sustainable facility management topics.
From 2019, QF has been tracking efforts on carbon monitoring and emissions reduction by launching the carbon change action initiative. In January 2020, QF organized a climate change public conference to encourage and push Qatari companies and organizations to introduce initiatives and put in efforts to tackle climate change.
QF is also creating a multidisciplinary innovation hub in Qatar, where homegrown researchers are working to address local and global challenges. By promoting a culture of lifelong learning and fostering social engagement through programs that embody Qatari culture, QF is committed to empowering the local community and contributing to a better world for all.