H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser with TAMUQ Dean and CEO Dr Mark H Weichold at a gala to mark the tenth anniversary of the university in the country. (Maher Attar)
DOHA: Texas A & M University in Qatar (TAMUQ) yesterday marked a decade of its presence in the country, in the presence of H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.
The varsity, which has produced 300 engineers, entered into a partnership by presenting a resolution to Sheikha Moza supporting her newly-launched ‘Educate a Child Initiative’ launched in November.
“We have entered into a new level of partnership with this resolution,” said Sheikha Moza, accepting a copy of the engineering resolution for ‘Educate a Child Initiative’ from Dr Mark Weichold, Dean, Tamuq, at an event at the Qatar National Convention Centre.
The resolution outlined how engineering students at Tamuq would help develop solutions to problems that prevent children from getting education, and support ‘Educate a Child Initiative,’ which aims to significantly reduce worldwide the number of children who have no right to education.
“This resolution… sums up the essence of all that Education City is about — equipping our young people with the skills and knowledge to be global citizens and enabling them to make the world a better place,” said Sheikha Moza.
“Through education, anything is possible. I look to Aggie students of today and tomorrow to rise to the challenge enshrined in this resolution,” she added.
TAMUQ celebrated its 10th anniversary with the theme ‘Engineering a World of Difference’ in the presence of H E Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Industry and Energy; Dr Abdulla bin Ali Al Thani, President of Hamad bin Khalifa University; Dr Boween Loftin, President of TAMUQ, and other dignitaries. The campus, which has been offering engineering degree programmes from 2003, has an alumni with a number of chemical engineers. “From 2007, more than 300 Aggie engineers have graduated from Texas A&M University in Qatar. This includes the first graduates from the Master’s programme in chemical engineering. Texas A&M in Qatar is educating engineers who are contributing to Qatar’s development and will lead the next generation of discovery in Qatar’s knowledge-based economy,” said Al Sada in his speech.
“Texas A&M in Qatar should be proud of its many accomplishments in its first 10 years, and our partnership in the decade to come will surely bring greater opportunities to strengthen our collaborations, our exchange of knowledge and mutual pursuit for greater good,” he added.