Posted on June 27, 2014
Qatari women outnumber Qatari men by three times in their pursuit for specialisation in cultural programmes, a ministry report reveals.
According to the ‘Cultural Statistics 2014 in Qatar’ report released by the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics, Qatari women stood at 21% by cultural specialisation, while their male counterparts stood at 7%. Similarly, non-Qatari women stood at 40% by cultural specialisation, which again was more than the non-Qatari men, who stood at 32%. The report defined cultural specialisations as a field that included educational and humanitarian sciences; art and social and behavioural sciences; media and press; and social and personal services.
Further it said that in 2010, there were about 59,000, or around 4% of the population 15 years and above, who were certificate holders in specialisations that could be classified as part of cultural programmes, such as philosophy, art, carving and photography. The reported pointed out the trend of women Qataris constituting one of the largest portions among the total population, who preferred to enrol in cultural programmes. It was also found that more than three-quarters of the cultural specialisations certificate holders were university graduates. Around 79% of the population who were 15 years and above in the 2010 Census had B.Sc graduate degrees.

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Also, 60% of the labour force holding cultural certificates worked as specialists. The report also noted that the number of school students reached 219,000 in 2012, showing an annual growth rate of 11% compared to 2011. The number of university students increased also to 17,000 in 2012, with an annual growth rate of 12% during the same period. The number of university students enrolled in the cultural sciences was 5,813 in 2012, constituting 34% of the total university enrolment; 20% of the total male students were enrolled in cultural specialisations, compared to 41% among the female students.
The number of cultural specialisations graduates was 684, constituting about 35% of the total number of graduates. The number of scholarship students increased by 14% from 2011 to reach 53 in 2012 and the annual growth rate of the number of scholarship students in cultural specialisations, increased to 36% between 2012 and 2012. The figures were taken from the ‘Cultural Statistics report 2014 in Qatar.’
source: Gulf Times