Cornell University to Establish Medical School in Qatar

Private Foundation in Qatar Commits $750 Million

To Establish the 'Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar'

- Hailed as First of Its Kind, and 'an Important Diplomatic Initiative'



Apr 09, 2001, 01:00 ET from Cornell University

    NEW YORK, April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- In an unprecedented expansion of the
 international presence of American higher education, Cornell University and a
 private foundation organized by the Emir of Qatar announced today the
 establishment of the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar.  The new medical
 college will offer a complete medical education in Qatar leading to a Cornell
 University M.D. degree, based on the same admission standards and curriculum
 as the New York campus.  During the first ten years, the operating costs of
 Cornell's medical college in Qatar are projected at $750 million.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010409/NYM011 )
     Cornell's new medical college is the latest of several ambitious projects
 initiated by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community
 Development, a charitable foundation established in 1995 by Sheikh Hamad Bin
 Khalifa Al-Thani, Qatar's Emir and Head of State.  During the past six years,
 the Foundation has redefined the standards of quality for education in the
 Gulf region by building prestigious, high-quality primary and secondary
 schools in Qatar.  The Qatar Foundation envisions the Weill Cornell Medical
 College in Qatar as a central feature of a planned "education city" in Qatar's
 capital, Doha, that will also include schools for pre-kindergarten to
 post-graduate students, specialized training in design arts and languages, and
 sports facilities.
     These schools, and the new medical college, were developed under the
 leadership of Sheikha Mouza Bint Nasser Al-Misnad, Chairwoman of the Qatar
 Foundation, wife of the Emir, and dedicated campaigner for quality education.
 In describing Cornell's new medical college in Qatar, Sheikha Mouza said, "Our
 Foundation and Cornell chose each other for this historic project.  We have a
 shared commitment to quality, and to building an institution that will endure
 for generations -- continuing the great traditions of Cornell in training
 future leaders and healers from all over the world."
     "This agreement is a first in Cornell's 136-year history, and, in fact, a
 first for U.S. higher education," said Hunter Rawlings, President of Cornell
 University. "Establishing a Qatar branch of the Weill Cornell Medical College
 is an unprecedented example of the strength of American education, and it
 reflects the common commitment to educational opportunity that links all
 nations and peoples.  This history-making venture is educational diplomacy at
 its finest."
     Former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker, a friend of the Emir and
 Sheika Mouza, said, "Shared experiences and shared values in education can be
 a strong basis for improved understanding and even peace among nations.  As
 such, this partnership is an important diplomatic initiative in the Middle
 East."
     Founded in 1898, and affiliated with The New York Hospital since 1927 and
 New York Presbyterian Hospital since 1998, Weill Cornell Medical College
 (formerly known as Cornell University Medical College) is among the top-ranked
 clinical and medical research centers in the world.
     Qatar is a major energy producing state on the Arabian Gulf with one of
 the world's largest reserves of natural gas.  Qatar and the United States are
 close allies in preserving security in the Gulf region, and American energy
 firms have a large presence in Qatar.  Although Qatar maintains sophisticated
 hospital facilities and universal health care is provided at government
 expense, the country does not presently have a medical college.  Training
 physicians and pursuing medical research are particularly important goals for
 Qatar, where there is a high incidence of certain genetic diseases such as
 diabetes.
     While several U.S. colleges and universities have partnerships and
 collaborative programs abroad, the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar is
 unique insofar as it will confer a Cornell degree.  The college will be the
 first co-educational higher-learning environment in Qatar.  Cornell will
 select all academic and administrative staff, and admit students according to
 existing university standards.  The program will commence with a two-year
 pre-medical (non-degree) and four-year medical curriculum leading to the
 Cornell degree of Doctor of Medicine.
     Most of the faculty are expected to be recruited from the Medical College
 and from other New York schools.  Daniel Alonso, MD, the former Senior
 Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Pathology at the Weill
 Cornell Medical College in New York, has been appointed to serve as the
 inaugural Dean of the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar.  He will report
 to Antonio M. Gotto, Jr., MD, Dean of Weill Cornell Medical College in New
 York.
     "The Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar truly extends Cornell's
 standards, quality, and mission into the world," said Dean Gotto.  "This
 institution will have the same standards central to Cornell's heritage.  It
 will afford our students and faculty in the U.S. new research and referral
 opportunities.  It will contribute in a direct way to the aspirations and
 needs of the people of Qatar and of the region."
     "Her Highness Sheika Mouza and the Qatar Foundation have demonstrated
 their vision and commitment to the establishment of a world-class medical
 college in Qatar.  I look forward to the opportunity to represent Cornell
 University and Weill Cornell Medical College in this unique undertaking that
 will significantly expand educational opportunities in the Middle East," said
 Dr. Alonso.
     The first pre-medical program class for the Weill Cornell Medical College
 in Qatar is scheduled to enter in fall 2002, and the first medical program
 class in the fall of 2004.  The first Cornell degree will be awarded in the
 spring of 2008.
 
     Please go to http://www.med.cornell.edu for more information about the new
 medical college in Qatar.
 
 

SOURCE Cornell University
    NEW YORK, April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- In an unprecedented expansion of the
 international presence of American higher education, Cornell University and a
 private foundation organized by the Emir of Qatar announced today the
 establishment of the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar.  The new medical
 college will offer a complete medical education in Qatar leading to a Cornell
 University M.D. degree, based on the same admission standards and curriculum
 as the New York campus.  During the first ten years, the operating costs of
 Cornell's medical college in Qatar are projected at $750 million.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010409/NYM011 )
     Cornell's new medical college is the latest of several ambitious projects
 initiated by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community
 Development, a charitable foundation established in 1995 by Sheikh Hamad Bin
 Khalifa Al-Thani, Qatar's Emir and Head of State.  During the past six years,
 the Foundation has redefined the standards of quality for education in the
 Gulf region by building prestigious, high-quality primary and secondary
 schools in Qatar.  The Qatar Foundation envisions the Weill Cornell Medical
 College in Qatar as a central feature of a planned "education city" in Qatar's
 capital, Doha, that will also include schools for pre-kindergarten to
 post-graduate students, specialized training in design arts and languages, and
 sports facilities.
     These schools, and the new medical college, were developed under the
 leadership of Sheikha Mouza Bint Nasser Al-Misnad, Chairwoman of the Qatar
 Foundation, wife of the Emir, and dedicated campaigner for quality education.
 In describing Cornell's new medical college in Qatar, Sheikha Mouza said, "Our
 Foundation and Cornell chose each other for this historic project.  We have a
 shared commitment to quality, and to building an institution that will endure
 for generations -- continuing the great traditions of Cornell in training
 future leaders and healers from all over the world."
     "This agreement is a first in Cornell's 136-year history, and, in fact, a
 first for U.S. higher education," said Hunter Rawlings, President of Cornell
 University. "Establishing a Qatar branch of the Weill Cornell Medical College
 is an unprecedented example of the strength of American education, and it
 reflects the common commitment to educational opportunity that links all
 nations and peoples.  This history-making venture is educational diplomacy at
 its finest."
     Former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker, a friend of the Emir and
 Sheika Mouza, said, "Shared experiences and shared values in education can be
 a strong basis for improved understanding and even peace among nations.  As
 such, this partnership is an important diplomatic initiative in the Middle
 East."
     Founded in 1898, and affiliated with The New York Hospital since 1927 and
 New York Presbyterian Hospital since 1998, Weill Cornell Medical College
 (formerly known as Cornell University Medical College) is among the top-ranked
 clinical and medical research centers in the world.
     Qatar is a major energy producing state on the Arabian Gulf with one of
 the world's largest reserves of natural gas.  Qatar and the United States are
 close allies in preserving security in the Gulf region, and American energy
 firms have a large presence in Qatar.  Although Qatar maintains sophisticated
 hospital facilities and universal health care is provided at government
 expense, the country does not presently have a medical college.  Training
 physicians and pursuing medical research are particularly important goals for
 Qatar, where there is a high incidence of certain genetic diseases such as
 diabetes.
     While several U.S. colleges and universities have partnerships and
 collaborative programs abroad, the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar is
 unique insofar as it will confer a Cornell degree.  The college will be the
 first co-educational higher-learning environment in Qatar.  Cornell will
 select all academic and administrative staff, and admit students according to
 existing university standards.  The program will commence with a two-year
 pre-medical (non-degree) and four-year medical curriculum leading to the
 Cornell degree of Doctor of Medicine.
     Most of the faculty are expected to be recruited from the Medical College
 and from other New York schools.  Daniel Alonso, MD, the former Senior
 Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Pathology at the Weill
 Cornell Medical College in New York, has been appointed to serve as the
 inaugural Dean of the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar.  He will report
 to Antonio M. Gotto, Jr., MD, Dean of Weill Cornell Medical College in New
 York.
     "The Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar truly extends Cornell's
 standards, quality, and mission into the world," said Dean Gotto.  "This
 institution will have the same standards central to Cornell's heritage.  It
 will afford our students and faculty in the U.S. new research and referral
 opportunities.  It will contribute in a direct way to the aspirations and
 needs of the people of Qatar and of the region."
     "Her Highness Sheika Mouza and the Qatar Foundation have demonstrated
 their vision and commitment to the establishment of a world-class medical
 college in Qatar.  I look forward to the opportunity to represent Cornell
 University and Weill Cornell Medical College in this unique undertaking that
 will significantly expand educational opportunities in the Middle East," said
 Dr. Alonso.
     The first pre-medical program class for the Weill Cornell Medical College
 in Qatar is scheduled to enter in fall 2002, and the first medical program
 class in the fall of 2004.  The first Cornell degree will be awarded in the
 spring of 2008.
 
     Please go to http://www.med.cornell.edu for more information about the new
 medical college in Qatar.
 
 SOURCE  Cornell University