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Carnegie Mel­lon Univer­sity (CMU) 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 that 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 pro­grammes that in­spire cre­ativ­ity and col­lab­o­ra­tion. Con­sis­tently at the top, 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 pro­grammes that will sup­port and con­trib­ute to the long-term devel­op­ment of Qatar. To­day, Carnegie Mel­lon Qatar of­fers un­der­grad­u­ate pro­grammes in bi­o­log­i­cal sci­ences, busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion, com­pu­ta­tional bi­ol­ogy, com­puter sci­ence, and in­for­ma­tion sys­tems. More than 400 stu­dents from 40 coun­tries call Carnegie Mel­lon Qatar home.

Pro­grammes of study

CMU-Q of­fers un­der­grad­u­ate pro­grammes 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 uses in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary ap­proaches to pro­vide stu­dents with in­tel­lec­tual breadth and depth of ex­po­sure to mod­ern re­search bi­ol­ogy. Stu­dents en­hance their un­der­grad­u­ate lab­o­ra­tory learn­ing through dis­cov­ery-based re­search. The re­search ex­pe­ri­ence helps stu­dents ap­ply the crit­i­cal think­ing and prob­lem-solv­ing skills they learn in the class­room.

Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion: The de­gree in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion is based on the Carnegie Mel­lon model of man­age­ment sci­ence, de­vel­oped more than 50 years ago, that em­pha­sises an­a­lyt­i­cal de­ci­sion-mak­ing in com­plex busi­ness en­vi­ron­ments. The pro­gramme ac­cen­tu­ates a quan­ti­ta­tive, an­a­lyt­i­cal ap­proach to 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 ad­vances in bio­med­i­cal imag­ing, ge­nomics and pro­teomics. Carnegie Mel­lon re­alised the po­ten­tial early on, of­fer­ing one of the first de­gree pro­grammes in the field. A se­lec­tive and rig­or­ous pro­gramme, 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 pro­grammes. For decades, CMU grad­u­ates in com­puter sci­ence have been driv­ing pow­er­ful ad­vances in the field. Through­out their ed­u­ca­tion, stu­dents ac­quire skills that tran­scend tech­no­log­i­cal trends. The pro­gramme 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 change.

In­for­ma­tion Sys­tems: From pro­gram­ming, to project man­age­ment, to cre­at­ing new ven­tures, the field of in­for­ma­tion sys­tems uses tech­nol­ogy to gen­er­ate, process and dis­trib­ute in­for­ma­tion. In­for­ma­tion sys­tems pro­fes­sion­als work in a va­ri­ety of set­tings to an­a­lyze how things con­nect and work to­gether, whether vir­tual or real, from small pro­cesses to large or­gan­i­sa­tions. They de­sign new ways to ad­dress prob­lems and chal­lenges, and im­ple­ment ideas that im­prove pro­duc­tiv­ity and ef­fi­ciency. 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 en­deav­ours, such as in­de­pen­dent stud­ies, se­nior and hon­ours 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, or­gan­is­ing 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 or­gan­i­sa­tions, while a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber pur­sue grad­u­ate stud­ies at in­ter­na­tional in­sti­tu­tions. With ten grad­u­at­ing classes, the to­tal num­ber of alumni is nearly 700.

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

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