Texas A&M to open branch campus in Qatar

Texas A&M University will open a branch campus in Qatar, making it the fourth American university to do so, reported the Associated Press (May 25).

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By  Massoud Derhally Published  May 26, 2003

Texas A&M University will open a branch campus in Qatar, making it the fourth American university to do so, reported the Associated Press (May 25).

A&M’s Qatar branch will specialize in engineering education and research, offering undergraduate degree programs in petroleum, chemical, electrical and mechanical engineering.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for Texas A&M to expand its international presence and to provide educational and research opportunities for our faculty and students,” university president Robert Gates said. “It will foster greater understanding among future leaders in the Middle East and the U.S.”

A&M is working with the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, which is non-profit organisation founded in 1995 by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, to support education reform and provide community development.

The Qatar campus is expected to enrol 50 students a year in its first five years. Classes will be open to men and women, and will be taught in English.

Virginia Commonwealth University’s, which set up its Qatar branch in 1998, offers courses in communications, arts and design, fashion design, and merchandising and interior design.

Cornell University’s Weill Medical College, which commenced its operations in the emirate in 2002, offers a two-year pre-medical (non-degree) and four-year medical curriculum leading to the Cornell degree of Doctor of Medicine.

Carnegie Mellon University is also reported to be in negotiations with the Qatar Foundation to set up a campus in Qatar. 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.

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