IN­NO­VA­TION AT CARNEGIE MEL­LON

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AS A GLOBAL LEADER IN ED­U­CA­TION, CARNEGIE MEL­LON UNIVER­SITY IS KNOWN FOR ITS CRE­ATIV­ITY, COL­LAB­O­RA­TION ACROSS DIS­CI­PLINES, AND TOP PRO­GRAMMES IN BUSI­NESS, TECH­NOL­OGY AND THE ARTS. IT HAS BEEN HOME TO SOME OF THE WORLD'S MOST IM­POR­TANT THINKERS, AMONG THEM 19 NO­BEL LAUREATES AND 11 TUR­ING AWARD WIN­NERS.

In 2004, the Qatar Foun­da­tion for Ed­u­ca­tion, Sci­ence and Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment in­vited Carnegie Mel­lon to join Ed­u­ca­tion City, a ground­break­ing cen­tre for schol­ar­ship and re­search that is the ideal com­ple­ment to the univer­sity’s mis­sion and vi­sion.

Carnegie Mel­lon Univer­sity in Qatar, like all Carnegie Mel­lon cam­puses glob­ally, is founded on the firm be­lief that through the en­cour­age­ment of sci­en­tific in­quiry and the pro­mo­tion of prac­ti­cal pre­pared­ness, the univer­sity can pro­vide a gen­er­a­tion of thinkers, busi­ness lead­ers, re­searchers and sci­en­tists who will change the world. Core val­ues of in­no­va­tion, cre­ativ­ity, col­lab­o­ra­tion and prob- lem solv­ing pro­vide the foun­da­tion for ev­ery­thing the univer­sity does.

Aligned with the Qatar Foun­da­tion’s mis­sion to de­velop the coun­try’s youth to be­come lead­ers and in­no­va­tors, Carnegie Mel­lon im­ple­ments its cur­ricu­lum by main­tain­ing the aca­demic stan­dards, val­ues and prin­ci­ples of the home cam­pus in Pitts­burgh, USA, whilst de­liv­er­ing metacur­ric­u­lar pro­grammes that suit­ably re­flect the ethos of Ed­u­ca­tion City.

Carnegie Mel­lon Univer­sity in Qatar’s en­rol­ment con­tin­ues to grow each year. There are 400 full-time stu­dents en­rolled at the univer­sity’s cam­pus in Ed­u­ca­tion City; 32 in bi­o­log­i­cal sciences, 187 in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion; 84 in com­puter sci­ence; and 97 in in­for­ma­tion sys­tems.

In ad­di­tion to its core fo­cus, the univer­sity is ded­i­cated to en­hanc­ing the un­der­grad­u­ate ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence so that stu­dents can ex­plore other dis­ci­plines. Stu­dents can take classes in a wide range of other ar­eas, such as architecture, phi­los­o­phy and English lit­er­a­ture. De­spite the in­creas­ing en­rol­ment num­bers, stu­dents still en­joy a low fac­ulty-to-stu­dent ra­tio of 1:7.

Eighty-one stu­dents grad­u­ated from our top-ranked pro­grammes in May 2013, bring­ing the to­tal num­ber of alumni to ap­prox­i­mately 300. The univer­sity’s grad­u­ates are highly sought by re­gional and in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions. More than 90% of Carnegie Mel­lon Qatar’s alumni are ei­ther in grad­u­ate pro­grammes or em­ployed in top or­gan­i­sa­tions like Google, Mi­crosoft, Qatar Petroleum, Shell and Com­mer­cial Bank, to name a few.

Carnegie Mel­lon is proud to be a part of such a sig­nif­i­cant move­ment to trans­form the na­tion into a lead­ing knowl­edge-based econ­omy, and to be a part of the Qatar Foun­da­tion’s drive to equip the coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion with the skills to get there. The pro­grammes that the Univer­sity of­fers at its Ed­u­ca­tion City cam­pus frame our com­mit­ment to the Qatar Na­tional Vi­sion 2030, and are aligned with the coun­try’s fun­da­men­tal pil­lars of de­vel­op­ing peo­ple, so­ci­ety, the econ­omy and the en­vi­ron­ment. Much of our re­search work em­bod­ies the prin­ci­ples of the na­tional vi­sion.

Re­searchers at Carnegie Mel­lon Qatar are ac­tively en­gaged in de­vel­op­ing cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy. The univer­sity has been awarded 34 Na­tional Pri­or­i­ties Re­search Pro­gramme (NPRP) grants from the Qatar Na­tional Re­search Fund (QNRF), five Young Sci­en­tist Re­search Ex­pe­ri­ence Pro­gramme (YSREP) grants and 19 Un­der­grad­u­ate Re­search Ex­pe­ri­ence Pro­gramme (UREP) grants. The to­tal fund­ing from QNRF is more than QR109.2 mil­lion ($30 mil­lion).

Some of the re­search projects in­clude Qri8 lab, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Na­tional Robotics En­gi­neer­ing Cen­tre, which ex­plores the use of robotics tech­nol­ogy to im­prove safety and pro­duc­tion in the oil and gas in­dus­try. An­other sig­nif­i­cant re­search project is Hu­man Lan­guage Tech­nolo­gies re­search on nat­u­ral lan­guage pro­cess­ing, in­clud­ing us­ing sta­tis­ti­cal ma­chine trans­la­tion to ex­pand Ara­bic lan­guage con­tent avail­able on the In­ter­net. The Au­to­mated Mea­sure­ment of Galaxy Mor­phol­ogy project aims to de­velop soft­ware that can mea­sure the phys­i­cal prop­er­ties of gal­ax­ies, which helps us to un­der­stand how these struc­tures evolve over time. An­other area of re­search, in­ves­ti­gat­ing the prop­er­ties of path­o­genic fungi in Qatar’s hos­pi­tals, will add to the cur­rent un­der­stand­ing of how these fungi are able to in­fect pa­tients and aid in the devel­op­ment of new treat­ments.

Carnegie Mel­lon is also work­ing hard on re­search re­lat­ing to cloud com­put­ing, ed­u­ca­tion, robotics, busi­ness process de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing, in­no­va­tion-driven en­trepreneur­ship, next-gen­er­a­tion wire­less net­works, in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity, and air qual­ity.

Con­sis­tently top ranked, Carnegie Mel­lon has more than 12,000 stu­dents, 95,000 alumni and 5,000 fac­ulty and staff glob­ally. In Qatar, stu­dents from more than 40 dif­fer­ent coun­tries en­rol at its world-class fa­cil­i­ties in Ed­u­ca­tion City, af­ford­ing them a truly unique and multi-cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence

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