Carnegie Mellon to set up in Qatar

Carnegie Mellon University is considering a campus in Qatar, that will offer undergraduate computer science degrees, the Associated Press reported last week (Feb 10).

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By  Massoud Derhally Published  February 13, 2003

Carnegie Mellon University is considering a campus in Qatar, the Associated Press reported last week (Feb 10).

The news agency reported Mark Kamlet, the provost of the university as saying that The Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development would pay set up expenses, including construction, if Carnegie Mellon sends faculty members and offer undergraduate computer science degrees in Qatar.

“One of the reasons why we’re considering doing this is the potential to bring the Western and the Arab-Islamic worlds closer together,” Kamlet said.

If an agreement is reached, the university hopes to open in Qatar with about 25 students in the fall of 2004, though it could be running by this fall.

Cornell and Virginia Commonwealth universities have campuses in Qatar. The emirate intends to build an ‘education city’.

Carnegie Mellon is a national research university of about 7,500 students and 3,000 faculty, research and administrative staff. Industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie founded the institution in 1900 in Pittsburgh.

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