Qatar has risen from the sands of its Bedouin pearl-diving lineage to become the richest country on the globe per capita. Rather than resting on its laurels, Qatar has been meticulously structuring and planning for its rapid growth. The Al-Thani royal family – Monarchial rulers of Qatar – has created a strong and well-defined National Vision 2030 to manage massive urban development, population growth and economic footing by investing in its people. The foundation of this plan is education.
In 2001, the Middle East State of Qatar recognized College of the North Atlantic’s (CNA) decades of expertise in post-secondary education when it chose CNA to build and administrate its first comprehensive college of technology in its capital city of Doha. Since then, College of the North Atlantic-Qatar (CNA-Q) has established its place as the premier institute of applied learning in the Middle East, working with Qatar to make educational history and create a vibrant future for its people.
The 2012-2013 Academic Year at CNA-Q saw a celebration of the 10-year milestone with Qatar. Since opening its doors in 2002, College of the North Atlantic-Qatar has gone from initial student enrollment of 300 to 3,000, from a staff complement of 50 to well over 600 and expanded to add a number of programs custom designed for the needs of the State. We consistently recruit throughout the country to find dedicated and energetic Canadians to help us continue in operating the highest quality technical education system in the Middle East.
Exciting, challenging and rewarding, CNA-Q is offering the personal and professional experience of a lifetime!
Blueprint for success
The personal experience
A glimpse of Qatar - a time lapse film
Life in Qatar - a photo gallery
I love my work here at CNA-Q! People are friendly and there are plenty of activities on campus (tennis, swimming, yoga, cultural activities) and off campus (festivals, music, art, camping, world-class sports) as well as opportunities to travel to so many amazing places.
EFL Instructor (British Columbia)
Teaching at CNA-Q is a dream job with so many external opportunities. I have been here since 2003 and I am still loving it. And Doha really is as they say – a Gateway to the World. If I were to describe my life in Qatar in a few words they would be: adventure, excitement, knowledge, diversity, challenge and… wow!
Physics/Math Instructor (Newfoundland and Labrador)
My wife and I arrived in July 2007. The plan was to stay for two years, but we found an ideal work/life balance. With its vibrant, fast-paced operations, the financial incentive, and the time off, CNA-Q is a great place to work and grow. The country is super safe and is very family-oriented. Both my daughters were born here and they love it!
Mechanical Engineering Instructor (Ontario)
What I love about living in Doha is the sense of family in the friends I have made here. I have learned about so many different cultures, discovered great new foods, and there is always something to do -- attending a concert by Qatar philharmonic, camping in the desert, jet skiing on the Corniche or kayaking in the mangroves.
Senior Graphics Designer (Nova Scotia)
I absolutely recommend it – CNA-Q is an excellent place to work and Doha is an amazing place to live! I am a sports fanatic and here they have some of the top professional sporting events in the world – tennis, golf, soccer, and more. They have everything you need here… I couldn’t want for anything else.
Instructor (Newfoundland and Labrador)
My Arabic students love to hear stories about life in Canada, especially when similarities are easily identified and parallels are quickly drawn. For instance, we each live by the ocean and share a deep, visceral connection to the sea. Family is everything and education is highly regarded.
Dean of Health Sciences (Newfoundland and Labrador)
I’ve sure had some great moments in the classroom; nothing in the interview could have prepared me for teaching ESL to Arabic students. They are fun people! If you’re flexible and if you like having your assumptions challenged, this is a place for you.
The detail to the environment on campus is incredible – the layout, architecture, cleanliness. There are many resources available to students, and each program area has its own building. It was amazing to see the detail and effort that the country had put into its environment.
Canadian exchange student (Newfoundland and Labrador)
Yes, there are challenges to moving and teaching in Qatar but the rewards are endless. First there are the students, a great group of very positive young people. Second there is Qatar itself, a wondrous country moving quickly into the 21st century. Third, there is the city of Doha, a vibrant city with opportunity. Finally there is the travel: a world class airport with inexpensive flights.
Banking and Finance instructor (New Brunswick)