|Summary: The unit has considerable self-determination in regard to budget, and is funded at levels that permit and encourage curriculum, instruction, faculty excellence, clinical practice, and service throughout the education community in Qatar. Candidate scholarships in undergraduate and diploma programs are available. Opportunities for student and faculty research and faculty professional development are well supported.|
Until 2004, the University had a centralized budget, and the colleges were allowed to spend based on their needs. In 2004, however, the University engaged in a systemic reform. One of the elements of that reform was decentralization, giving more responsibility to the colleges to develop their own budgets. As the figure that follows shows, in the academic year 2008-2009, the unit (ED) was second among the colleges in the amount of funds received, surpassed only by the College of Arts and Sciences (2008-2009 Factbook, p. 27). This level of funding provides for a quality program in educator preparation.
Ab = College of Arts and Sciences
BU = College of Business and Economics
ED = College of Education
EN = College of Engineering
LW = College of Law
SI = College of Sharia
As of the 2010-2011 academic year, each year heads of the departments and associate deans submit their needs to the dean based on a defined list provided in the Budget Guidelines (Chapter 2). The head of financial department of the University meets with the dean to assist in the process, and the finalized budget (Exhibit 6.6) is submitted to the President of the University. For the current funding period (2010-2011) the finalized budget represented only a 7% discount from the proposed budget.
In addition to projects funded under the budget, support is provided directly to faculty to encourage them to participate globally in the academic community through attending conferences, workshops and other professional events. Not only is full financial support provided for presenting research papers at such events, but full financial support may also be provided for attending such events at the request of the dean to learn new information to bring back to the unit. There are many instances in which partial support may also be attained, according the type of event and participation (see Request to Travel). Non-budgeted funds may also be requested to host conferences that would benefit our candidates or to fund visiting professors and consultants. Out of 13 units within the university requesting visiting professor/consultant funds, the unit received 10.63% of the university’s funds for this activity.