Carnegie Mellon University celebrates the 10-year anniversary of its branch campus in Qatar this week. To mark this significant milestone, the university will be welcoming a number of distinguished international guests to its official anniversary ceremony on Tuesday 18 March 2014.

Key leadership from Carnegie Mellon and Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development will gather at the university’s campus in Education City, alongside alumni, students, faculty and staff. The celebrations will highlight key achievements from a successful decade in Qatar and renew the university’s pledge to shape the country’s future through nurturing the next generation of young leaders.

Subra Suresh, president of Carnegie Mellon University, and other senior leaders from the Pittsburgh campus spoke about the campus’ achievements at an official press conference held on 16 March 2014:

This campus has created living connections among faculty, students, and graduates across Carnegie Mellon’s global network, sharing research projects, classes, and outreach activities. The students and faculty have embraced Carnegie Mellon’s interdisciplinary collaborative approach to problem solving, and they have enriched our entire university with new ideas, new ways of thinking, and an obvious passion for learning.’

Carnegie Mellon Qatar joined Education City in 2004 and began teaching 41 students in two academic programmes. Today, it offers five programmes in Biological Sciences, Business Administration, Computational Biology, Computer Science and Information Systems to 400 students from 42 countries.

Engineer Saad Al Muhannadi, president of Qatar Foundation, said:

As the foundations for the Carnegie Mellon facility were being laid in Qatar more than a decade ago, we turned this dream into a reality, brick by brick. Through hard work, dedication and the vision of HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, our partnership with Carnegie Mellon Qatar has yielded great results and has grown from strength to strength.

Thus far, almost 300 students graduated from Carnegie Mellon Qatar, joining the university’s 95,000 alumni – among them 19 Nobel Laureates and 11 Turing Award winners. Provost and executive vice president of Carnegie Mellon University, Mark Kamlet, said:

Carnegie Mellon Qatar graduates are highly sought after. More than 90% of the university’s alumni are either in graduate programmes or employed in top organisations such as HSBC, Google, Microsoft, Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Shell and Sidra Medical and Research Center amongst others.

When CMU-Q students and graduates compete on the international level, they come out on top. Thanks to Carnegie Mellon, Qatar now boasts four Google Anita Borg scholars. This is just one example of our success.’

The official ceremony to mark Carnegie Mellon Qatar’s 10-year anniversary will take place at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar on March 18 and will include live music, videos and speeches. To watch a live stream of the celebration, click on this link.

For more information, visit Carnegie Mellon Qatar’s website.