The second half of the academic year 2020-2021 saw 124 high achieving students of Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar) earn their places as part of the Dean’s List. VCUarts Qatar is a partner university of Qatar Foundation.

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.

Virtual celebration

Due to pandemic-imposed restrictions this year, the event, which traditionally includes a luncheon with family and friends, took place virtually.

2021 Fall Semester Dean’s List

  • 23 students from the Art Foundation Program
  • 20 students from Art History
  • 12 students from Fashion Design
  • 34 students from Graphic Design
  • 17 students from Interior Design
  • 18 students from Painting and Printmaking

During the online celebrations, key administrative and academic leaders at the university spoke to the Dean’s list recipients and congratulated them for their achievements.

Dean Amir Berbić and Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Dr Cherif Amor were also there to welcome and congratulate the students and their families.

In his address, Dean Berbić hailed the students’ hard work and dedication which he said, pushed them beyond expectations to deliver these outstanding results in a year that is anything but ordinary.

What you have achieved – excellence in the midst of adversity – is no small feat. I would like to congratulate each one of you, and your families for this. Collectively, you’ve shown the world that by working together, you can make things work for you.

The dean added that hopefully, the coming months and years at VCUarts Qatar see the students build on the confidence that they have acquired from their experiences over the last few months.

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