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Posted On: 21 February 2015 10:19 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:14 pm

Carnegie Mellon Qatar outreach gives secondary school students sneak peek into higher education

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As secondary school students finalize their university applications, those interested in studying at Carnegie Mellon University were given the opportunity to learn more about the undergraduate programs in biological sciences, business administration, computer science and information systems that are offered in Qatar. The deadline for fall admission to Carnegie Mellon Qatar is March 1.

“Carnegie Mellon Qatar’s outreach initiatives aim to give high school students a sneak peek into the various programs on offer at our university, at a time when they are making important decisions about their future in higher education,” said Damian Dourado, manager of pre-college programs.

“We also familiarize and guide students through the university admissions process - an approach that has had a significant impact on prospective student applications, with 44 percent of this year’s incoming students participating in one or more of our outreach programs.”

Most recently, the Biotechnology Explorer Program provided prospective students a with glimpse into the study of biological sciences, one of the four disciplines offered at Carnegie Mellon Qatar. Through scientific investigation, the program gave students a first-hand laboratory experience as they observed live neurons in an earthworm. With workshops held over several weeks, the Biotechnology Explorer Program concludes on March 14.

Additionally, the university’s business administration program held Tajer—Investment for Qatar, a workshop that teaches students how financial markets work. The session saw students explore case studies that demonstrated the principles of investments and capital gains, as well as the evolution and benefits of technology-driven trading. This year, the Tajer program was sponsored by Ezdan Holding Group.

Furthermore, at CS4Qatar for Students, supported by RasGas, participants were introduced to the world of computer science through programming, problem-solving and coding sessions, which included ‘Puzzles and Problem Solving in Computer Science’ and ‘RoboPath’ workshops.

Meanwhile, Carnegie Mellon Qatar’s Ibtikar, an outreach program for information systems, is set to host two additional workshops this weekend and in March. Ibtikar, meaning ‘innovation’ in Arabic, comprises three workshops that explore different aspects of information systems, including human centered design, systems design and data analytics.

Carnegie Mellon Qatar’s Summer College Preview Program (SCPP), which is a three week introduction to the disciplines on offer at the university, is now accepting applications until May 1. For more information on how to get a glimpse into campus life please visit:

For more information on how to apply to Carnegie Mellon Qatar please visit:

The application deadline for fall 2015 admission is Sunday 1st March.