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Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Ph.D.

Summary: Dr. Al-Thani is the Vice President of Education at Qatar Foundation The Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development is a private, chartered, non-profit organization in the state of Qatar, founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of Qatar.  Previously he was a member of the teaching faculty at Qatar University and an Associate Engineer at RAND-Qatar Policy Institute.

Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Ph.D.

Dr. Al-Thani is the Vice President of Education at Qatar Foundation Previously he was a member of the teaching faculty at Qatar University and an Associate Engineer at RAND-Qatar Policy Institute.

Dr. Al-Thani holds a doctoral degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of Southampton In the most recent RAE assessment (2001), it has the only engineering faculty in the country to receive the highest rating (5*) across all disciplines.[3] According to The Times Higher Education Supplement  and masters from Colorado State University Colorado State University, at Fort Collins; land-grant with state and federal support; chartered 1870, opened 1879 as an agricultural college, assumed present name in 1957. There is a veterinary teaching hospital, an agricultural campus, and a research campus. . While at the University of Southampton, Dr. Al-Thani worked closely with a research group that focus on sustainable management studies within the environmental sector, particularly landfills. The group was involved in numerical and mathematical modeling beside the laboratory models. Dr. Al-Thani also served as a teaching assistant in the Civil Engineering Department at Qatar University throughout his graduate studies. In 2003, he became an assistant professor in Civil Engineering at Qatar University, teaching courses related to water resources and environmental engineering. He also represented his department on the College of Engineering's Industrial Relations Committee.

In 2004, Dr. Al-Thani was recruited by RAND-QPI to contribute to a number of research projects. While continuing to teach courses at the University, Dr. Al-Thani worked for RAND-QPI on Qatar University's reform initiative, assisting in establishing decentralized de·cen·tral·ize  
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, and identifying leadership training and development activities for the University's academic and administrative leaders. During his time at RAND-QPI, Dr. Al-Thani also collaborated on an effort to develop recommendations for new initiatives that will foster quality and innovation at the national level in Qatar.

Qatar Foundation, where Dr. Al-Thani became the Vice President of Education in 2005, is an organization that is committed to preparing students to take leadership roles in an increasingly global society. In addition to providing opportunities for research and community service, Qatar Foundation supports elite educational institutions in offering a complete range of academic programs, spanning from early childhood education to postgraduate studies. Six leading universities currently have branches in Qatar Foundation's Education City: Virginia Commonwealth University Formed by a merger between the Richmond Professional Institute and the Medical College of Virginia in 1968, VCU has a medical school that is home to the nation's oldest organ transplant program. , Weill Cornell Medical College, Texas A&M University, Carnegie Mellon University Carnegie Mellon University, at Pittsburgh, Pa.; est. 1967 through the merger of the Carnegie Institute of Technology (founded 1900, opened 1905) and the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research (founded 1913). , Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service This article or section needs sources or references that appear in reliable, third-party publications. Alone, primary sources and sources affiliated with the subject of this article are not sufficient for an accurate encyclopedia article.  and Northwestern University.

Alongside his passion for effecting sustainable social change through education, Dr. Al-Thani is a keen patron of the arts. In 2008 he established the al Markhiya Gallery in the revitalized Souq Waqif of central Doha. The gallery has a mission to promote the work of young Qatari and Arab artists and to encourage emerging artists in the region.

Dr. Al-Thani sits on various committees and boards, and he is a member of the Board of Trustees board of trustees Politics The posse of thugs who oversee an institution's administration. See Board of directors.  of Qatar University, the Chairman of the Executive Board of Directors of Qatar University since 2009 and a member of the Supreme Education Council since 2009. 2009 Al Bawaba (

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