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Free meals and housing, Qatar Foundation leads in student welfare


By Muhammad Muneeb Ur Rehman

While students worldwide protest rent, fees and refunds, Qatar Foundation universities have set the precedent for campus welfare during COVID-19.

Email correspondence from Qatar Foundation for its on-campus residents

Precautions are in place to ensure the safety of students

By the end of March, QF Housing announced that it would provide three meals a day, free of cost for all residents. As a supplement for the regular grocery and food options, a small pantry was also put in place to help the student through the months of April and May. Partner universities and HBKU student affairs, in collaboration with student housing, donated groceries each week for the pantry.

A small pantry at the residential complex

Jeta Kreka, a student from Albania who studies at Georgetown University in Qatar, says:

“The most important thing is that they allowed us to stay in the dorms and we don’t have to pay anything. They also provide us with food, three meals per day, and we don’t have to pay for anything.”

With the second phase of lockdown easing, Oxygen Park, an on-campus public facility near the housing complex, is now open to the public — including students


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