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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 7:33 am    Post subject: Carnegie Mellon Qatar Reply with quote

Another great school doing fine.
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MU-Q launches internship facility for research pupils

Members of the CMU-Q iSTEP team on a research project in Tanzania
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)’s TechBridgeWorld research group has launched a programme entitled ‘iSTEP: innovative student technology experience’, an internship facility for CMU students to conduct research.
The programme is a collaboration between members from TechBridgeWorld and CMU-Qatar student affairs team who will conduct computing technology field research that impact developing communities.
“This summer, six Carnegie Mellon students and alumni are participating in the newly launched iSTEP internship programme. Together with TechBridgeWorld faculty and staff, they are working on three technology research projects for communities in Tanzania,” an official said.
The teams are working collaboratively from bases in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania; Doha; and Pittsburgh, US.

One of the team members from the Carnegie Mellon Doha campus is Hatem Alismail, a 2009 graduate with a major in computer science and a minor in mathematics. Hatem is the technical lead for one of the three research projects and is based in Dar-es-Salaam.
The iSTEP partner this year is the University Computing Center (UCC) in Dar-es-Salaam. The UCC provides computing services and consultancy in information and communication technologies to the University of Dar-es-Salaam community, as well as the country of Tanzania.
The three projects include developing a mobile phone application for use by social workers to track information on services provided to Aids orphans and vulnerable children, creating and evaluating culturally-relevant educational technology and games for children’s literacy and enhancing and evaluating a low-cost Braille writing-tutor for visually-impaired students.

“A 10-week programme, the internship will complete at the end of July. Prior to the internship, the Doha team completed a six-week course designed to prepare them for their work on the technology research projects this summer,” the official added.
The course was taught by CMUQ professor Bernardine Dias during the Spring 2009 semester.
The project work from the iSTEP 2009 internship will result in papers co-authored by the participating interns to be submitted to upcoming Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD).
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Enrolment at CMUQ goes up
Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMUQ) has welcomed 98 students at its orientation week, taking the enrolment figures to new heights.
The incoming student body to the Class of 2013 is made up of 90 new students and eight transfers.
The fall 2009 Carnegie Mellon Qatar freshman admissions cycle saw as many as 1095 applications for majors in business administration, computer science or information systems.
The rate of applications for 2009 was up 67% when compared to the applicant pool in 2008 of 657 prospective students.
The largest increase in applications came from within Qatar, representing 74% of the applicant pool, followed by an increase of approximately 25% in students applying from around the GCC. Qatari nationals made up 37% of the applicant pool.
“Our efforts throughout the year have been realised as we welcome a group of very bright and talented new students to the Carnegie Mellon family,” Carnegie Mellon Qatar’s director of admissions Bryan S Zerbe said.
Particularly in Qatar, the branch campus offered a number of well-attended pre-college programmes focused on its majors. These included competitions and tournaments on creation and innovation such as Ibtikar, CS4Qatar and Botball, as well as the Summer College Preview Programme.
“We have also invested a lot of time developing relationships with secondary schools in Qatar to ensure that the students are accurately informed about our programs and the application procedures,” Zerbe observed.
Of the 1,095 applications, 235 were offered admission after a process with a holistic approach, taking into consideration factors such as high school grades, recommendations, interviews, extra-curricular activities as well as results on competency tests.
Only students judged to be fully capable of meeting the high standards of the university are offered admission.
The top school feeding the enrolment is Qatar Foundation’s Academic Bridge Program, a preparatory year for high-achieving school leavers aimed at bridging the gap between secondary school and university.
A convocation ceremony welcoming the Class of 2013 is scheduled for August 23 in the Atrium of the Carnegie Mellon Qatar building in Education City. Page 28
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2009 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is the most successful university in Qatar so far.

Thorpe to step downas Carnegie Mellon dean

The winners with their trophies
Charles E ‘Chuck’ Thorpe, the first dean of Carnegie Mellon Qatar, will step down at the end of the Spring 2010 semester.
He is so far the longest-serving dean in Education City.
Thorpe was appointed in February 2004 for a three-year term, but remained as dean for more than six years.
“To those who visit Doha now, it is hard to believe how far Carnegie Mellon has come in the past six years. Chuck has been instrumental in every one of these developments,” Carnegie Mellon University provost Mark Kamlet said.
“In his role as dean, Chuck always displayed a sense of optimism and patience that was both infectious and motivating,” he recalled.
The campus started in the fall of 2004 with 41 undergraduate students and a handful of faculty and staff. Six years later, Carnegie Mellon Qatar has 246 undergraduate students, 42 students enrolled in certificate programmes, 67 alumni, more than 100 faculty and staff members, and a magnificent new building.
Under Thorpe’s leadership, the campus expanded its academic offerings by adding a third major, information systems, to its existing curriculum of business administration and computer science.
The number of elective courses also grew each year, giving students a broad-based liberal education. While serving as dean, Thorpe also advised two PhD students and assisted in teaching robotics courses.
Thorpe also played a large role in engaging faculty and admission staff in community and secondary school outreach programmes. In 2005, Thorpe and his son, Leland, headed up the launch of the BOTBALL high school robotics programme. BOTBALL has captured the hearts and minds of thousands of students - both boys and girls - across the Middle East as a result of Chuck’s passion for artificial intelligence, robotics and teaching.
He initiated numerous strategic partnerships with local and multinational organisations, and ensured that the campus was aligned with the Qatar National Vision.

At the request of Qatar Foundation chairperson HH Sheikha Mozah Nasser al-Misnad, Thorpe served as the sole Education City dean on the Qatar National Research Fund steering committee.
Thorpe credits his success as dean, as well as the success of the campus to his flexibility. “As the dean of a small campus I work on many levels. I perform tasks of a professor, a department head, a dean, a provost and a president. It’s been wonderful to sample all of these things,” he said.
After a one-year sabbatical, Thorpe intends to return to Carnegie Mellon Pittsburgh as a faculty member in the School of Computer Science.
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