May 18, 2017 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

In April, Swedish Ambassador to Qatar Ewa Polano announced that Qatar and Sweden would soon develop an arrangement in which top Swedish universities will offer one year master’s programs to Qatari engineering graduates. 

The moves comes after the Qatari Minister of Education and Higher Education’s successful visit to Sweden to improve research and innovation cooperation. 

In an article in The Peninsula Qatar, Polano said at a press conference, “Our cooperation in education sector primarily revolves around spirit of engineering and innovation in which we are at number one in the world.”

Higher education isn’t the only partnership brewing between Qatar and Sweden. 

The ambassador explained that annual trade between Qatar and Sweden topped $1 billion annually, and that Sweden and Qatar are a natural match for partnerships like this. 

Several companies, like Volvo, Scania, Ikea, SAAB, ABB, Gac, and Sensys Gatso Group attended the press conference, and voiced support for the partnership, and are anxious to share resources and innovation.

The ambassador said that Sweden is cooperating with Qatar to help Qatar achieve its goals in Qatar National Vision 2030.  The partnership in higher education opens doors for entrepreneurship training to young Qatari nationals, too. 

Learn more about studying in Qatar and Sweden.




Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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