Posted on November 18, 2018

The Qatar University ExxonMobil Teachers Academy is due to take place in Doha later this month. Now in its seventh year, the academy was established in 2012 by ExxonMobil Qatar and Qatar University’s National Center for Educator Development. In collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, it provides science and math teachers from Qatar’s government schools with an opportunity to acquire new teaching strategies and improve their skills.

The academy also helps teachers to inspire students so that they’re motivated to study math, science, technology, and engineering (STEM) subjects at school and get them excited about the prospect of pursuing careers in STEM fields. In doing so, the Qatar ExxonMobil Teachers Academy is directly supporting national efforts towards preparing a capable workforce that can create a sustainable future for the country.  

More than 55 teachers are expected to take part in this year’s program. Around 40 of these teachers are grade 7-9 math and science teachers from Qatar’s government schools; 10 are Teach For Qatar (TFQ) fellows, and the remaining are representatives from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. All participating teachers have been carefully selected by Qatar University (QU), TFQ and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, and are strong, effective and dedicated individuals who are committed to providing students with the highest possible quality education.

By the end of this year’s academy, more than 310 teachers would have taken part in the program. These teachers are expected to reach and engage over 13,000 students through their classrooms. “We look forward to co-hosting the Qatar University ExxonMobil Teachers Academy later this month with our partner ExxonMobil Qatar,” said Ahmed Al Emadi, Dean of Qatar University’s College of Education. “The academy has successfully produced well-prepared teachers who are passionate about their subjects, have a positive attitude and who teach effectively. As a result, we have students who are passionate about science and math, and who understand the benefits and opportunities that working in science-related subjects can bring to their futures and to their communities,” he added.

“The Qatar University ExxonMobil Teachers Academy is our leading education program thanks to our partnership with Qatar University, and the continuous support of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education,” said Alistair Routledge, President and General Manager for ExxonMobil Qatar. “The academy highlights our ongoing commitment to helping Qatar realize its vision for a knowledge-based society by investing in the STEM learning that future jobs in our rapidly changing world will require.”  “Since 2013, the main focus of our community outreach programs at ExxonMobil Qatar has been education. A number of these programs are similar to the Qatar University ExxonMobil Teachers Academy in that they are largely based on enhancing the knowledge and abilities of educators. The most effective teachers have deep knowledge of the subjects they teach, and their improved skills will help create a capable and confident workforce that can build a sustainable future for Qatar.”

ExxonMobil Qatar and QU have been partners for more than two decades. This relationship has supported the successful implementation of several educational programs and initiatives, particularly in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and continues to endorse national efforts to ensure that students in Qatar receive a quality education.