City College will start its programmes in Qatar on September 2 with a High National Certificate in Business and High National Diploma in six business specialisations.
“We are licensed by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Qatar and allowed to offer only these certificate and diploma programmes at the moment," David Meaton, principal of City College told Gulf Times.
“The specialisations at the diploma level are: accountancy and finance; human resources management; business management and leadership; entrepreneurship and small business development; marketing and human resources development,” explained Meaton. 
The college caters to students who leave school and are not quite ready to start the business programme: they can study for bridging courses, so they can top up their skills to enter the higher education programmes.
“The programme is for two years. They start with the certificate programme first year and in the second year, opt for any of the six topics for the diploma programme. Then, they can join the University of Portsmouth, our partner. They can also join 750 universities worldwide and complete their bachelors programme in another year,” he said. 
According to Meaton, the City College is also negotiating with a British university in Qatar to get their students admitted in Qatar itself and has plans to approach other universities in the country in this regard.
“Our courses are rooted firmly in employability and business competency ... they are tailored to the Qatar business world and, of course, to the global economy. So, for example, our students spend time doing simulations and case studies with companies right here in Doha, and applying the insights they gain on our internationally recognised courses,” noted Meaton.
He said the college is targeting around 100 students in the inaugural year. 
“To begin with, this year we are aiming at 100 students. We have the capacity for 250 students. However, the level of inquiry has been very high and we are hopeful of meeting our target. I have visited several high schools and the response from the students is absolutely encouraging. There is high demand for this type of education,” continued Meaton.
The tuition fee for the programme is QR55,500 a year and can be paid in instalments. 
The college held an open admission house for prospective students on Tuesday. The event was attended by Emma Schlesinger, global director of Middle East at University of Portsmouth in the UK. 
The college is located at the Barwa Commercial Avenue.  “We are also planning to introduce more programmes such as computing, travel and tourism and hospitality sport management and sport science. We are bringing in international staff and initially we will have about 15 faculty members and may get in more staff when the number of students increases,” added Meaton.
The programmes of the college are approved by the British Technical Education Council, and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Qatar. Portsmouth University is the partner university of the college.
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