About Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development (QF), was founded in 2010 to continue fulfilling QF’s vision of unlocking human potential. HBKU is an emerging research university that acts as a catalyst for transformative change in Qatar and the region while having global impact.

Located within Education City, HBKU seeks to provide unparalleled opportunities where inquiry and discovery are integral to teaching and learning at all levels utilizing a multidisciplinary approach across all focus areas. 

HBKU is committed to actively contribute to achieving the Qatar National Vision 2030 by building and cultivating human capacity through an enriching academic experience and an innovative research eco system. Through applying creativity to knowledge, students will have the opportunity to discover innovative solutions that are locally relevant and have a global impact.

At Hamad Bin Khalifa University – our students, faculty, staff, partners, and leadership – all share a common belief in the power of higher education and research to make a positive impact in the development of nations.


Sheikha Moza bint Nasser

Founder and Chairperson of Qatar FoundationHer Highness
Sheikha Moza bint Nasser

Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser has been actively engaged in education and social reforms in Qatar for many years and has also national and international development programs in education, health and employment. 

She is the Founder and Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), a private non-profit organization founded in 1995 of which HBKU is a member. Its flagship project is Education City, which covers over 14 million square meters and houses branch campuses of renowned international universities and institutions. Her Highness founded HBKU in 2010, as the flagship national university within Education City.

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CHAIRPERSONHer Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani

Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani serves as Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), a private non-profit organization founded in 1995 by His Highness the Father Amir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Co-Founder and Chairperson of Qatar Foundation.

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Qatar Foundation

Qatar Foundation

HBKU is a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development is a private, non-profit organization that serves the people of Qatar by supporting and operating programs.

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Leadership & Board Members

HBKU Leadership

HBKU’s leadership consists of an experienced Board of Trustees and a dedicated senior management who play a vital role in guiding HBKU’s growth.

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Dr. Ahmad Hasnah  (President)

HBKU President

Dr. Ahmad M. Hasnah is the President of HBKU and has been, since 2002, a key player in the development of Education City into a unique hub for knowledge and education.

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Our Partners

HBKU’s present partner universities in Education City include branch campuses of some of the world’s leading universities.

Together with HBKU, they have a unique opportunity to engage in research and teaching that cannot be replicated elsewhere. They are creatively seeking new ways to combine the excellence of their respective academic programs to create innovative graduate research education programs.

  • Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Northwestern University
  • UCL
  • Georgetown University
  • HEC
  • VCU
  • Texas A & M
  • Carnegie Mellon University