HBKU is the first university in the Middle East to offer innovative massive open online courses (MOOCs) with edX, a non-profit online learning platform founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Through this platform, HBKU aims to make quality academic research programs and courses accessible to millions of learners around the world.

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Leading academics in the fields of Environment and Energy, Law, Ethics and Sports Management and Sustainability share their expertise while incorporating practical activities and case studies to provide valuable insights and help learners strengthen their knowledge and practice, whatever their field. Select a course to learn more.

Solar Resource Assessment in Desert Climates

Learn how to use the components of solar radiation, solar spectrum, forecasting and meteorology to advocate and plan for deploying PV in desert climates.


Using Photovoltaic (PV) Technology in Desert Climates

Contribute to the Sustainable Energy agenda by learning how to mitigate the challenges related to PV technology and enhance the performance of solar cells and PV modules in desert climates.


Navigating Legal & Commercial Aspects of Sports

Delve into the dynamic world of sports law to develop a strong understanding of the key legal and commercial aspects of sports, and gain useful insights into their application based on real-life scenarios.


Sustainability and Major Sport Events: Principles

Learn the five pillars of sustainability and how to apply these in the planning and hosting phases of major sport events to optimize for the valuable opportunities these types of events can offer for the host city or region.


Sustainability and Major Sport Events: Implementation

This course delves into the practical steps to take and tools to use when implementing major sport events. Learn the best practices in terms of strategy, sustainable procurement, and action plans.


Islamic Bioethics

This course provides an introductory yet in-depth overview of the emerging and promising field of Islamic Bioethics. The course explores how the rich Islamic moral tradition engages with the complex questions triggered by cutting-edge biomedical advancements.


International Charities in Humanitarian Crises

This course is a tailor-made introduction to a variety of considerations for the operations of charitable organizations. It aims to strengthen the overall knowledge and responses of the leadership of these institutions.


Professional Certificates

Whether you’re looking to advance in your current field, unlock a career change, or grow as an influential leader of a large organization, our professional certificates offer highly advanced skills and knowledge to stay at the top of your field and enhance your potential. Select a program to learn more.

Sustainability and Major Sport Events

There are over 50 major sport events taking place across the world every year, impacting natural resources and representing significant project expenditure. These events engage professionals across industries and pose great benefits and legacy potential for host cities, countries, and regions.


Solar Energy in Hot Desert Climates

Desert regions are attractive for solar energy, with much sunshine and many opportunities for utility-scale and residential applications. However, their harsh climate creates challenges for photovoltaic (PV) module performance, reliability and energy forecasting.


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HBKU faculty members are collaborating with experts from around the world to bring you the following exciting new MOOCs to help you upskill yourself and advance in your career, or re-skill and make a brand new start in a pioneering field. Take your pick below.

Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

In this introductory program, participants from the medical field will gain a broad overview of the use of Artificial Intelligence (Al) in healthcare, and learn how to respond proactively in the field of healthcare.

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Arabic Natural Language Processing

This MOOC is an introduction to NLP specific to the Arabic language, and provides a practical overview of Arabic NLP with an introduction to different tasks and hands-on development of NLP tools using statistical and deep learning methods.

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Peace Education

This MOOC will prepare participants to effectively manage peace initiatives, operationalize strategies for peace, plan and assess the impact on peace, and contribute to policy recommendations for sustainable peace.

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Endorsements and Testimonials

“The Sustainability & Major Sport Events course from HBKU was an exceptional and interactive learning experience. The course delved into the environmental, social, and economic impacts of major sports events and delivered a thorough and practical understanding. It also explored effective strategies to ensure sustainability in the sports industry. Practical examples and case studies were used to illustrate concepts and principles. The assignments were engaging and focused on applying the learning, and collaborating with other learners on the MOOC allowed me to learn from the viewpoints of my peers while also sharing my point of view. I recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn more about sustainability in the context of major sports events.”

“As the Education and Training arm of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, Josoor Institute realized the huge potential in sharing, by mean of a Massive Open Online Course, the wealth of the Supreme Committee’s wealth of knowledge and expertise in Sustainability with a large audience; and in harnessing professional networks around Sustainability as the FIFA World Cup 2022™ draws nearer and best practices and innovation emerge. With that in mind, my colleagues and I had the opportunity to assemble subject matter experts, coordinate instructional design and other aspects of the production; and partner with HBKU because of their shared vision and their expertise in creating a robust online educational platform. About 900 people enrolled in the first edition of this MOOC, and for this new edition we hope to attract a larger and even more diverse audience, especially from the MENA region, which remains a priority area for us. At the same time, the link with FIFA World Cup™ clearly makes this MOOC appealing to a global audience.”

“I recommend the Sustainability & Major Sport Events courses for anyone involved in delivering a major sports event. Sustainability is a core success factor for any major event, and its implementation must be driven by individuals across a wide range of functions and organisations. Inspired by the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Sustainability Strategy, these courses provide an excellent introduction to the principles and implementation of sustainability within a major sports event, drawing heavily upon the experience and lessons learned of sustainability professionals working on the FIFA World Cup and other events.”

“One of the best courses I have completed at edX. A must-have for Muslim physicians, medical students, and other health workers. Up-to-date knowledge is delivered in a concise and interesting way that keeps you on track from the beginning to the end of the course. I enjoyed every word and every single piece of information in this course and I'm amazed at how beautifully the course is arranged and presented to us. Thank you, Prof. Ghaly and the course admin.”

“The ‘Navigating Legal and Commercial Aspects of Sports’ course was eye-opening and educative. I really love the way the tutors explained the subject matter in detail. The manner in which the scenarios and hypothetical cases were presented made the course really engaging and interesting to follow. I want to say a big THANK YOU. This course has fueled my confidence in the sports law field, and I speak and write about the field with more authority now. I hope to educate more people who are interested in Sports Law soon. My aim is to become a professor of Sports Law. In addition, I wish to represent players, clubs/teams, and sports business enterprises before the CAS and other sports Adjudicatory bodies.”

“When I discovered this course and the option to do the two courses as a professional certificate, I thought it was perfect. I was also thrilled to see the partnership with the Josoor Institute, HBKU, and the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The structure of this certificate - only two courses but two that are quality and chock-full of real-world, applicable information and best practices - was a great fit for me. As a massive sports fan and sport event professional, I could not get enough of the content specifically about Qatar 2022 and I loved the real-life case studies of major sport events. The assignments were exceedingly useful and did well to activate student learning and my ability to synthesize and apply the information I'd absorbed.”

“Hosting successful large-scale events, whether in sports, business or entertainment, is a key driver of tourism growth, and QNTC is focused intently on developing the human capital that can support the continued and sustainable growth of our events industry. We would like to thank Hamad bin Khalifa University, FIFA, and the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy for their development of these unique, excellent and accessible courses which will serve to grow a new generation of highly-qualified event management professionals with a unique vision for the future of the industry they work in. Whether you are based in Qatar or abroad, I encourage you to pursue this esteemed professional certificate and look forward to the program’s positive contribution coming to life in the form of an innovative, sustainable and robust sports tourism and events industry. ”

“We are proud to partner with Hamad Bin Khalifa University on this certificate program to provide professionals worldwide with the knowledge and skills needed to create and host sustainable sports events. This program leverages the expertise the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy has developed through leading the planning and preparations for hosting the first FIFA World Cup™ in the Arab world. It will also benefit anyone working in the sports and events industry with a focus on sustainability. If this is an area in which you are already working or you are eager to enter, I encourage you to take this professional certificate to build your capacity and understanding, both to accelerate your personal development and to benefit sports fans all over the world.”

“This course provides learners with guidance while treating Muslim patients, which acts as a guidance for learners to shape the system in order to benefit the Muslim community. The content of this course is practically adaptable and suitable for all human beings, and I would for sure recommend this course to other learners.”

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