Private higher-education costs could reach up to a stunning $50,000 a year
According to a study conducted by Al-Fanar Media, it is found that Qatar’s Universities Most Expensive in the Region and Yemen, the least. A network of Al-Fanar correspondents gathered data on the cost of private education in 13 Arab countries (Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates), with four to six universities in each country, including the most expensive and least expensive.
The research states that the “average country private higher-education costs range from a stunning $50,000 a year to a slender $1,000 a year, in a region where much of the public tends to think of education as a government responsibility that should be free”.
This article is one in a three-part series that examines the growing role and impact of private universities in the region. The other articles are “Private Universities Thriving as Public Ones Weaken” and “Are Private Universities Worth the Money?”
Expats finds Qatar’s universities too expensive
Published on Expats blog of 9 Mar at 4 PM
Many foreign students hopeful of enrolling in Qatari universities are having to change their plans because of the high costs involved.
Qatar has long since been a destination for expat students to further their education, but in recent times the soaring costs have proven too much for some.
Lebanese expat Um Hussein, whose two sons have already graduated from Malaysian universities, had been hoping to send her daughter to a Qatari university. However, upon attending an education fair in the capital Doha last week, she learnt that to do so would be a huge financial burden on the family.
Qatari nationals do not have to pay to attend the Qatar University, the country’s only public university, but that offer does not extend to foreigners, many of whom have to take loans just to get their sons or daughters through their education. Many of these people are from nearby Arab countries or South Asian nations but have live in the oil-rich state for generations.