Magazine article University Business

Building on the International Community

Magazine article University Business

Building on the International Community

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QATAR HAS BEEN IMPORTING AMERICAN EDUCATION since 1998, when Education City first opened. With six universities now offering programs in the country, the Supreme Education Council has turned to the other half of U.S. higher ed--community colleges. The council has a new partner in Houston Community College. "They have a large group of students who aren't university ready," says Mary Spangler, HCC president. Similar to high school students here in the United States, they either didn't test well or aren't ready to enroll in a four-year institution. But as the Qatar government realizes, "if they just focus on the university level they will end up with a host of people who won't be educated and that will cause other problems," explains Spangler.

HCC was selected from eight community colleges invited to respond to an RFP. Under the five-year contract, HCC is providing faculty, curriculum, and training, with the goal of local faculty being able to take over. The Qatar Foundation is covering expenses for opening the facility, so the partnership should be financially beneficial to HCC. …

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