The Community College of Qatar (CCQ) is planning to set up more campuses to meet the rising demand from students for various programmes.
"We have got a 400,000sqm plot for our main building, which will be the largest," CCQ president Dr Ibrahim al-Naimi told Gulf Times on Sunday.
The construction process will hopefully start soon. CCQ will also have two more centres, one at Wakra and the other at Al Khor. They will be coming up on plots of 150, 000sqm each.
"At present we have four campuses, the headquarters on C Ring Road, one in West Bay and two in Lusail,” he continued.
According to the official, the demand for various programmes at the college has grown many folds and the students do not get all the options they are looking for.
“The present facilities are not enough to meet the demand. We are working hard to get our own building to meet the demand. The college has become the second largest entity in Qatar that provides higher education,” al-Naimi explained.
“When we started we were offering programmes only in English. Now we are offering English and Arabic tracks. We are the only institution in town that offers morning and evening shift as 50% of our students are working. The average age of the students is 27,” said the official.
The CCQ president said that the college started with about 300 students and one or two programmes.
"The student population has grown from 300 to 4,300 and faculty from 17 to more than 150. Similarly the number of programmes has grown to 17. Above all, we have moved from a diploma college to a college of diploma and bachelor degree programmes. The transition has been really fantastic in the last six to seven years,” he added.