Time magazine has featured Dr Sheikha Aisha bint Faleh al-Thani, founder and chairperson of Al Faleh Educational Holding (AFEH) in its May 2023 edition, a statement said.
The focus was on Qatar hosting the World Cup and why Qatar is an attractive investment destination.
Dr Sheikha Aisha commented: “With Qatar successfully hosting the 2022 World Cup, we are looking way beyond 2030 now, our mission is to provide future generations the skill they will need to build on the dream behind Vision 2030”.
When asked about listing the company on the Qatar Stock Exchange Venture market, Dr Sheikha Aisha said: “Al Faleh Educational Holding’s listing was a great success. Our share price increased by 50% on the first day, and I was delighted to see a number of foreign funds investing in the company, in particular from the education sector.”
AFEH has made waves across the country’s education sector in recent years by championing diversity and inclusion, as well as providing high-quality educational products and services to students of all backgrounds and ages within its schools and university.
Earlier this year Dr Sheikha Aisha was recognised by Forbes Middle East in its '100 Most Powerful Businesswomen' for 2023.
The institution has made significant strides in education over the years, becoming the first woman-led Qatari company to go public, and the first educational institution to be listed on the stock exchange. Notably, AFEH is Shariah compliant, making it a popular choice for Muslim students.
“Although we are part of a sector and business characterised primarily by long term investment, we are proud that we have made a number of achievements throughout the last 20 years,” the chairperson said.
“Al Faleh Educational Holding is moving forward with its expansion activities, while maintaining quality and applying the highest standards in the operation and management of educational campuses, to achieve the growth and returns to shareholders,” she added.
In 2017, AFEH invested in higher education by partnering with the top-ranked University of Aberdeen to establish AFG College, the first British university to open a campus in Qatar offering undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes that focus on employability and discipline offering in Qatar that meets local, regional and international demand.
In April 2021, AFEH's dedication to education and development was also demonstrated by its listing on the Qatar Stock Exchange Venture Market, in line with Qatar National Vision 2030.
AFEH's subsidiaries include Doha International Kindergarten and Doha Academy Al Waab, Doha Academy Salwa branch and AFG College with the University of Aberdeen.
All of Doha Academy Schools are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the statement added.
Dr Sheikha Aisha bint Faleh al-Thani