University focus: Carnegie Mellon University – ideas that shape your world start here

Posted on 20th Oct 2016 in University Study, International Baccalaureate, Qatar

Carnegie Mellon University attracts a certain type of student: motivated, inventive, and driven to make a difference. Students come to Carnegie Mellon to learn, create and innovate with the very best. They leave with the passion, connections, credentials and lifelong friends who will help them change the world.

Work that matters

For more than a century, Carnegie Mellon University has challenged the curious and passionate to imagine and deliver work that matters. A private, global university, Carnegie Mellon stands among the world's most renowned educational institutions, setting its own course with programs that inspire creativity and collaboration. Consistently top-ranked, Carnegie Mellon has more than 13,000 students and 100,000 alumni worldwide.

A world class education in Qatar

At the invitation of Qatar Foundation, Carnegie Mellon joined Education City in 2004 to deliver select programs that will support and contribute to the long-term development of Qatar. Today, Carnegie Mellon Qatar offers undergraduate programs in biological sciences, business administration, computational biology, computer science, and information systems. More than 400 students from 40 countries call Carnegie Mellon Qatar home.

Programs of study

CMU-Q offers undergraduate programs that are ahead of the curve, in fields at the forefront of technology, innovation, scientific discovery and economic growth. All undergraduate majors require four years of full-time study, after which students earn a bachelor of science degree.

Biological Sciences: The undergraduate degree in biological sciences is offered in collaboration with Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar. The program uses interdisciplinary approaches to provide students with both intellectual breadth and depth of exposure to modern research biology. Students often enhance their undergraduate laboratory learning through discovery-based research at an on-campus lab or collaborating institution. The research experience helps students apply the critical thinking and problem-solving skills they learn in the classroom.

Business Administration: The Business Administration program is based on the Carnegie Mellon model of management science. Developed at CMU over 50 years ago, management science involves analytical decision-making in complex business environments; today, nearly all leading business schools include elements of the Carnegie Mellon model in their curricula. The program emphasizes a quantitative, analytical approach to problem solving in the core areas of accounting, finance, economics, marketing, operations, management information systems and business communications.

Computational Biology: At the forefront of scientific discovery, computational biology is driving significant advances in fields like biomedical imaging, genomics and proteomics. Carnegie Mellon realized the potential of computational biology early on, offering one of the first degree programs in this area in the United States. A highly selective and rigorous program, the curriculum is grounded in the disciplines of biology and computer science, with a strong component of physical science and mathematics.

Computer Science: Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science is one of the world’s top-ranked programs; for decades, CMU graduates in computer science have been driving some of the most powerful advances in the field. Throughout their undergraduate education, students acquire skills that transcend technological trends. The program encourages creativity and provides the fundamental skills to develop new technologies: mathematical reasoning, algorithmic thinking, and programming. A strong theoretical component provides the formal tools to remain current as technologies and systems change.

Information Systems: In the modern workplace, information systems professionals use creativity and technological expertise to solve a wide variety of challenges. The Information Systems program is built on a professional core that teaches students to analyze, design, implement and test high-quality, cost-effective information systems, as well as a disciplinary core where students learn the fundamentals of professional communications, quantitative analysis and organizations.

Learn by doing

Students at Carnegie Mellon Qatar learn beyond the classroom through a slate of unique enrichment opportunities. Most students choose to study abroad during their four-year education, and many travel on academic trips that enhance classroom work. Students who intern receive on-the-job experience, which adds an important dimension to their undergraduate education.

Research is part of the fabric of a Carnegie Mellon education. Students engage in a wide variety of research endeavors, such as independent studies, senior and honors theses, summer internships and funded projects as junior researchers.

Small campus, big spirit

The CMU-Q student body is exceptionally diverse, representing 40 nations. Students form a busy and active community, participating in clubs, organizing large-scale events, traveling for service and academics, and competing in local and international contests. The low student-to-professor ratio means students receive unparalleled individual attention.

Graduates who make a difference

Graduates from CMU-Q are highly sought-after: most choose careers in top organizations, while a significant number pursue graduate studies at international institutions. With nine graduating classes, the total number of alumni is 570.

CMU-Q alumni are a growing influence, with most working in industry and government in Qatar and the region. You will find our alumni in organizations like Ooredoo, Qatar Airways, Qatar Shell, McKinsey and Company, KPMG Siemens and ExxonMobil. In the budding entrepreneurial sector in Doha, CMU-Q alumni are a driving force, creating startups, mentoring current students and contributing to an emerging community of young innovators.

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