H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser with CMUQ graduates during the university’s 10th anniversary celebrations yesterday. AR Al-Baker
DOHA: Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMUQ) yesterday celebrated its 10 years of excellence in the presence of H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser at a ceremony on its campus.
Representatives from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg, the US, Qatar Foundation, faculty and members of CMUQ and alumni were present at the event that marked a decade of achievements.
Sheikha Moza toured an exhibition ‘Travelling Through Arts and Times,’ showcasing the richness of Qatari and Islamic culture, heritage and civilisation through more than 160 rare artefacts from Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani’s private collection, at CMUQ as part of the celebrations.
The ceremony began with a performance by a bagpiper, reflecting the Scottish heritage of the university’s founder, philanthropist and steel magnate, Andrew Carnegie.
As a special dedication to Sheikha Moza, two miniatures were played by CMUQ mastisse quartet.
It was followed by videos and speeches highlighting the foundation of Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburg and the growth of CMUQ.
“We look forward to the next 10 years with great excitement. The campus has exceeded our expectations… We look forward to new collaborations in Qatar and other universities in the world,” said Dr Subra Suresh, President, CMUQ.
CMUQ offers undergraduate programmes in biological sciences, business administration, computational biology, computer science and information systems.
It is a branch campus of Carnegie Mellon University, chartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the US.
In 2004, Qatar Foundation invited Carnegie Mellon to join Education City, a groundbreaking centre for scholarship and research.
CMUQ has grown from 41 students in two programmes to 400 students in five top programmes.
A total of 298 have graduated from the Qatar campus and more than 100 alumni returned for the celebrations.
“The graduates are making significant impact in Qatar and outside. Their impact has gone just beyond numbers,” said Dr Suresh.
Among the alumni and students 40 percent are Qataris and others from over 20 countries.
Mark Kamlet, Carnegie Mellon Provost and Executive Vice-President said, “Time and time again, we hear how pleased employers are with their Carnegie Mellon hires.
“They praise them for their hard work, creativity, and team-above-self approach. These are the hallmarks of a Carnegie Mellon education and that is what we have achieved on our Qatar campus.”