INNOVATION AT CARNEGIE MELLON
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