Looking into the

successful strategy of

a leading global education hub


Qatar has risen as an international education city. 

In the heartof it lies an Education City that prides in 

extensive wealth builtunder the full support of the kingdom.

It is time to think about the steps that IGC should take through

the stories told by the faculty member of universities in IGC

who personally experienced this place.

One belief that global education 

would become national power

Hi. I’m John CRIST, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at George Mason University Korea (GMUK). I first learned about IGC from officials at the Qatar Foundation who were in sustained consultation with the founding leadership of IGC. I visited South Korea in 2015 and I was impressed with the new and beautiful campus and the serious commitment that IFEZA was making to transnational education. Six months later, when the academic dean’s position came open to GMUK, I leaped at the opportunity to apply. There are several factors, taken together, that have made Education City the success. Without a doubt, the enormous wealth that flows from Qatar’s abundant oil and gas resources provided great assurances to global partners about the long term viability of establishing a campus in Qatar. The fact that Qatar is a monarchy permitted bold decision-making unencumbered by the usual obstacles to big infrastructural projects in democracies which must contend with many competing interests and legal constraints. Finally, Qatar’s Education City benefited greatly from a strong vision within the royal family. I think it is worth taking note about the unstinted support on research infrastructure, research faculty and universities in Qatar Education City. Recently, with the amendment of the law, I believe it would invigorate the industry-university cooperation. Nevertheless, the reason for high expectation of IGC in the future compared to Qatar Education City is that IGC envisions a sustainable model of development, one in which the collaborating campuses will increasingly support their own operations, unlike Qatar Education City that depends on funding. IGC was founded 15 years later than Qatar Education City. Take pride in IGC’s substantial track record of accomplishments and success.


Qatar Education City vs IGC

 Bigger growth expected with

distinct education model

My name is Kevin D’ARCO, the Assistant Dean of Students at the University of Utah Asia Campus (UAC). I previously worked for nine years in different capacities at Carnegie Mellon University’s campus in Doha, Qatar. I joined the UAC in July 2020 as the Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Involvement Center and Residence Life and I’m excited to take this opportunity. Education City is part of the Qatar Foundation, which has research and social responsibility aspects to it in line with the developmental needs and strategic vision for the country. As a result, students in Education City are able to support their education with other opportunities outside of the classroom. Unlike Education City, IGC requires their students to go to their home campuses for a period of time. I think this is a valuable opportunity to build institutional affiliation and create a unique educational model where all students get to study abroad and benefit from IGC and their home campus. In addition, the value of the degrees conferred here same as the home campus comes in the form of the world class education in and out of the classroom. UAC graduates have opportunities to grow through on-campus leadership opportunities, ability to explore their personal interests through clubs, conduct research and work part-time. These experiences round out an individual’s education and growth. The more IGC graduates enter the workforce, the more recognition the institutions at the IGC will receive within South Korea and around the world. The students, faculty and staff believe in the mission of these campuses and are thrilled to be part of  a thriving community that is shaping the future of South Korea.