Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar) held a special online event to honour the students whose hard work and outstanding academic skills earned them a place on the Dean’s List. VCUarts Qatar is a partner university of Qatar Foundation

The Dean’s List is a recognition of superior academic performance and only students with a Grade Point Average of 3.5 or higher, qualify. Of the 119 students who qualified to the Dean’s list in the Fall semester 2021, 32 are from the Art Foundation Program, 20 are from the Art History programme, eight are from the Fashion Design programme, 30 are from the Graphic Design programme, 17 are from the Interior Design programme, and 12 are from the Painting + Printmaking programme.

Hard work and academic excellence

Across the global higher education sector, inclusion in a university’s Dean’s List is a recognition of a student’s commitment to hard work and academic excellence. At VCUarts Qatar, this selection takes place bi-annually and is followed by a celebration to felicitate the recipients. This year, due to pandemic-imposed restrictions, the event – which traditionally includes a luncheon with family and friends – took place remotely.

VCUarts Qatar Dean Amir Berbić congratulated the students and pointed out the challenges that the students had to face as they shift to university and adjust to the safety and health restrictions necessitated by the pandemic.

The fact that despite all these restrictions you achieved this distinction so early on in your university life says a lot about your determination and passion in what you’re doing.

Dean Berbić said that as members of the Dean’s List, the honorees are next in line as standard-bearers for future generations of students. He said that they are all looking forward to seeing what the students are doing next – as students of VCUarts Qatar and eventually as changemakers in the wider community.

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