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    If nothing else , One more quality Medical College will be in a MuslimCountry!

    Doha branch for leading US varsity(CORNELL)


    By Pratap John

    QATAR will have a world-class medical college next year with the New
    York-based Cornell University setting up a branch campus in Qatar, the
    first one outside the US for the renowned 136-year-old American

    Bringing Cornell's medical college to Doha is the Qatar Foundation for
    Education, Science and Community Development, established in 1995 by HH
    the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, and led by his wife, HH
    Sheikha Mozah Nasser al-Misnad.

    A report from New York said last night the first premedical class for
    the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar is scheduled in March 2002
    and the first medical programme class in 2004.

    Officials of Cornell said in a statement Qatar has agreed to spend
    $750mn, including a fee from the New York-based university, over 10
    years on the project that will give a full Ivy League degree to medical

    "This agreement is a first in Cornell's 136-year history, and in fact, a
    first for US higher education," Cornell University President Hunter
    Rawlings said in a statement.

    US universities, including business schools trying to keep up with trade
    globalisation, are increasingly broadening their reach by offering more
    faculty and student exchanges with overseas institutions or through
    long-distance courses over the Internet.

    But Cornell will be the first to establish a branch offering a complete
    medical education based on the same admission standards and curriculum
    as the New York campus. Qatar does not have a medical college and the
    statement said it would be established in Doha, with the first students
    entering in 2002.

    The Weill Cornell Medical College, formerly known as Cornell University
    Medical College, is among the world's leading clinical and medical
    research centres.

    Cornell will control the curriculum, the faculty and the admission of
    students in Qatar.

    Students will have to take the same tests and meet the same standards as
    those in New York. The agreement between Qatar Foundation and Cornell
    calls for 70% of the students to come from Qatar.

    The 101 students in this year's class were chosen from 6,344 applicants
    and had an impressive 3.7 grade point average (GPA) on their science
    courses in the college.

    "Our foundation and Cornell chose each other for this historical
    project," HH Sheikha Mozah said. "We have a shared commitment to
    quality, and to building an institution that will endure for

    Welcoming the agreement, Dr Abdullah Abadi, HMC medical director, said
    the Weill Cornell Medical College in Doha would be one of the finest
    medical institutions in the world.

    "We do not have a medical institution in Qatar now. Our students now go
    to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Ajman and other places for their medical
    education", Dr Abadi told Gulf Times last night.

    He said the Minister of Public Health, HE Dr Hajar Ahmed Hajar, is
    currently in New York to finalise the agreement.

    Students from Qatar - both citizens and residents - and from other
    countries, especially from the Gulf region, are expected to be admitted
    to the medical school according to the requirements followed by the
    parent college, adds Qatar News Agency.

    Cornell's new medical college in Qatar is the latest of several
    ambitious projects initiated by the Qatar Foundation for Education,
    Science and Community Development.

    During the past six years, the foundation has redefined the standards of
    quality for education in Qatar by building prestigious primary and
    secondary schools. The Weill Medical College in Qatar will provide the
    central position for a planned education city within Doha.