Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar

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Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar
Weill Cornell Medicine Qatar logo.png
TypePrivate, nonprofit medical school
Established2001 (2001)[1]
Parent institution
Cornell University
AffiliationWeill Cornell Medicine
Hamad Medical Corporation
Qatar Foundation
DeanJavaid I. Sheikh, M.D.[2]
Academic staff
77 full-time, 602 affiliated[3]
Location, ,
25°19′05″N 51°26′20″E / 25.3180°N 51.4389°E / 25.3180; 51.4389Coordinates: 25°19′05″N 51°26′20″E / 25.3180°N 51.4389°E / 25.3180; 51.4389

Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) is a branch of Weill Cornell Medicine of Cornell University, established on April 9, 2001 following an agreement between Cornell University and the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development.[1] It is located in Education City, Qatar, near the capital of Doha.

WCM-Q has 318 students, 21 preliminary students, 97 pre-medical students, and 200 in its MD program.[3]


Interior of Weill Cornell–Qatar
Exterior of Weill Cornell–Qatar

The school offers a six-year medical program with a single admissions. Students who complete undergraduate degrees elsewhere are able to apply to a four-year program. All students are awarded a Doctor of Medicine from Cornell University.[4] When the school's pre-medical program opened in the fall of 2002, and was reportedly the first coeducational institute of higher education in Qatar.[5] Its clinical affiliates are the Hamad Medical Corporation's General Hospital and Women's Hospital.[6]

According to The Washington Post, Weill Cornell–Qatar receives $121.7 million just to cover the operating expenses for the university, making it the most expensive U.S. university in Qatar's Education City.[7]

WCM-Q has 33 clubs, sports teams, and student organizations, some of which participate against other university campuses in Education City City.[8]


Universities with campuses in Education City, which include Texas A&M, Carnegie Mellon, Georgetown, and Northwestern alongside Cornell, have been criticized that they cannot uphold the same levels of academic freedom in Qatar that exist the United States.[7][9] In response, Cornell has said that its presence in Qatar “is the best way to promote understanding” and that their “collaborations across the globe” fulfill its mission of “teaching, discovery and engagement.”[10]

A 2017 opinion piece in Cornell's student newspaper, The Cornell Daily Sun, called on Cornell's incoming president Martha E. Pollack to be more transparent about the relationship between the University and the Qatar Foundation, particularly in the context of the ability for Cornell employees to form a union, something that is illegal in Qatar.[11]

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  1. ^ a b "Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar". Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  2. ^ "Administrative Officials". Weill Cornell Medicine–Qatar. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Fact Sheet 2018-2019" (PDF). Office of Communications, Weill Cornell Medicine–Qatar. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  4. ^ "Medical Program". Weill Cornell Medicine–Qatar. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  5. ^ "CORNELL UNIVERSITY TO ESTABLISH MEDICAL SCHOOL IN QATAR". Cornell News. 9 April 2001. Archived from the original on 13 September 2015.
  6. ^ Clinical Affairs — Hamad Medical Corporation
  7. ^ a b Anderson, Nick. "Texas university gets $76 million each year to operate in Qatar, contract says". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  8. ^ "Student Activities & Programs". Weill Cornell Medicine–Qatar. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  9. ^ "Roots of American universities grow deeper in Qatar, drawing criticism". Gulf News Journal. June 8, 2015. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  10. ^ Ain, Stewart (September 3, 2014). "Cornell's Ties To Qatar Getting Fresh Scrutiny". The Jewish Week. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  11. ^ Eddy, Xavier; Hanna, Christopher (April 22, 2017). "Letter to the Editor: On Weill Medical College in Qatar". The Cornell Daily Sun. Retrieved May 20, 2019.

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