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College of the North Atlantic-Qatar

UNEVOC Centre (Training provider) since 2007

The College of the North Atlantic-Qatar (CNA-Q) is the third largest post-secondary educational institution in Qatar. CNA-Q strives to meet the ever-changing needs of the State of Qatar through strategic partnerships with government, industry, other institutions of higher education. CNA-Q offers an education that can be customized to industry and to students.

CNA-Q is Qatar’s leading TVET institution and the country’s official UNEVOC centre. Programs taught at CNA-Q have been identified by the State of Qatar as vital to building the country’s knowledge economy. CNA-Q has and continuous to be a key partner to the Ministry of Education and Higher Education as well industry in the achievement of the Human Development pillar of Qatar's National Vision 2030.

CNA-Q works closely with the government of Qatar and industry to ensure that our students learn skills that are in demand in the workplace. Our graduates make an impact in the workplace from day one because a TVET education is an applied education. In addition to the traditional classroom and work placements, our students learn on real world equipment and tools typically found in the workplace of their chosen career.

CNA-Q graduates are job-ready with high level of technical and 21st century skills. Through leadership and innovation in education, applied research, community service and engagement, CNA-Q prepares professionals for a growing and diverse society, offering customized technical and vocational programs to the State of Qatar and beyond. Using the latest technologies, learning facilities, laboratories and simulators, it is also specialized in customized training and education to serve many sectors including oil and gas, petrochemicals, and others.

CNA-Q offers applied technical and vocational education learning experiences that lead to internationally recognized certificates, diplomas and degrees. By integrating the emergent practices and technologies of business, engineering and health sciences in a rich blend of seasoned industry and academic instruction, the College is a leader in experiential learning, creating a large, diverse and well-connected alumni throughout the Middle East, Africa and the World.

Furthermore, CNA-Q engages TVET students in applied research projects and through CPD:

• delivers relevant, value-added and innovative training and development solutions in Qatar for industry, government, and other organizations.

• whether customized or off-the-shelf, face-to-face or blended learning, one-day or several weeks or months, CPD works in partnership with College Schools and every client.

• develops and delivers courses and programs tailored to our partners’ unique technical and professional workforce development and performance management needs.

• client solutions include needs assessments, program development and delivery, logistics and project management, account management, evaluation and quality assurance.


CNA-Q aspires to be a premier technical college that will provide the best education for the State of Qatar by offering all learners the opportunity to reach their full potential.

The words “premier technical college,” though brief, are loaded with meaning and vision. The word “premier” infers being first, being the best. As the State of Qatar transitions from a resource-based economy to a digital, knowledge- based, global economy, the best can only be defined as an institution that has 21st century facilities, faculty, programs, and educational practices, and an institution that graduates learners with 21st century technical skills and learning behaviours.

The word “technical” delineates the unique educational niche that CNA-Q fills for the State of Qatar and underscores the reality that a technical education and general technical literacy are essential to realizing the opportunities afforded by a new age economy and the attainment of prosperity for all citizens of Qatar.

Finally, the word “college” infers workplace-relevant, learner-centered, applied learning programs delivered in a supportive learning environment where learner success is an institutional imperative, and innovation and creativity are core values.

CNA-Q will strive to achieve the vision that these three words encompass by maximizing our expertise in,

and passion for, innovation and applied learning, and comprehensively using technology to support innovative teaching and learning, creating robust educational and operational support systems, and developing 21st century skill proficiency for our learners. That is, CNA-Q will be a leader in how we use technology to enhance how we learn, work, and grow.


CNA-Q fulfills the technical education needs of the State of Qatar by delivering innovative, internationally recognized programs that prepare individuals to be active contributors to their local communities, the State of Qatar and the Gulf Region.

The CNA-Q Vision and Mission reflect the needs of our varied stakeholders in the State of Qatar. CNA-Q meets these needs by engaging in the following learning activities:

  • Developmental Education
CNA-Q ensures that our learners have the appropriate academic foundations to be successful in our programs by providing training in English, math, science, etc.

  • Technical Education
CNA-Q ensures that our learners successfully transition into the workforce and meet the demands of an increasingly intellectual and technology-rich industry. CNA-Q certificate and diploma programs reflect the importance of applied learning and learner engagement and are developed in close collaboration with our key external stakeholders.

  • University Transfer
CNA-Q provides degree completion options for our learners by securing articulation agreements with accredited degree-granting institutions.

  • Corporate Training
CNA-Q addresses the varied learning needs of those who are already in the workforce by providing programming that advances specific skills as well as more general knowledge areas.

  • Continuing Education and Community Engagement
CNA-Q engages with and provides leadership to the community in which we live. CNA-Q provides personal development and special interest programs for non- traditional learners in a way that enriches the lives of the people of Qatar.

Focus and interest

Work area

Which of the following fields is the UNEVOC Centre working on?
Sharing knowledge about TVET
Primary focus
Developing knowledge
Primary focus
Developing and building capacities
Primary focus


Who are the beneficiaries of the UNEVOC Centre's work?
Primary focus
Primary focus
Policy makers
Primary focus
Private sector
Primary focus

Engagement interest

What is the highest level of engagement the Centre is interested in in the following fields?
Greening of TVET institutions and skills
  Interested to contribute
   Interested to learn
OER and Online Learning
  Interested to contribute
Equity of access in TVET
   Interested to learn
Gender equality in TVET
  Interested to contribute
Fostering entrepreneurship
Interested to lead
Industry 4.0 / Smart production
Interested to lead

Activity interest

Which types of activities is the UNEVOC Centre most interested in?
Capacity development projects
Highly interested
Policy oriented projects
Highly interested
Knowledge development
  Moderately interested
Workshops and conferences
Highly interested

Regional collaboration interest

What are the UNEVOC Centre's collaboration interests?
Within my cluster
Highly interested
With Africa
Highly interested
With the Arab States
Highly interested
With Asia and the Pacific
  Moderately interested
With Europe, CIS and North America
  Moderately interested
With Latin America and the Caribbean
  Moderately interested


College of the North Atlantic-Qatar (CNAQ)
68 Al Tarafa, Duhail North
PO Box 24449


local time now: ~10:18 ±1 hour daylight saving time

Head of UNEVOC Centre
Dr. Salem Al-Naemi
President, CNAQ
President's Office

UNEVOC Coordinator
Dr. Michael Phillips
Academic Manager
Applied Research & Innovation

Tel. *****
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5 June 2018
Tknika, a UNEVOC Centre, hosts International Conference on TVET
Tknika, a UNEVOC Centre in the Basque Country, Spain, organized an international conference titled ‘International Encounters on Vocational Training – Anticipating the Future’. Participants from around the world discussed current and emerging challenges of ongoing digital transformation of industry and businesses, and responding to them through increased collaboration and knowledge exchange.
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