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HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, Deputy Premier and Energy and Industry Minister HE Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah and a galaxy of dignitaries were present at the ceremony held in the ceremonial court.
Flanked by students and alumni of Carnegie Mellon Qatar, HH Sheikha Mozah cut a ribbon on stage, with Carnegie Mellon President Jared L Cohon assisting, marking the opening of the state-of-the-art building.
Qatar Foundation President Mohamed Fathy Saoud, Vice-President of Education Abdullah bin Ali al-Thani, and Carnegie Mellon Qatar Dean Charles E Thorpe were also present on the dais.
Both HH the Emir, who was invited onto the stage by Dean Thorpe after the ribbon cutting, and HH Sheikha Mozah cracked jokes with the students and alumni while posing for a group photo.
Earlier, the ceremony began with Carnegie Mellon fine arts alumni bagpiper Patrick W Regan, clad in full regalia, leading a procession in the Scottish tradition of the university.

The master of ceremonies Dean Thorpe observed in his welcoming remarks that the heart of any university is the concept of ‘gathering together,’ and stated that the big open atrium and the food court of the new building will gather people from across Education City.
While describing the facility as ‘exactly the building we dreamed of,’ President Cohon stated that Carnegie Mellon is committed to a vision of higher education as a global enterprise.
“We aspire to be the place where the most talented, most imaginative, and most engaged young people can come to realise their dreams through collaborative learning, creative exploration of technology, and engagement with the real problems of the world,” he maintained.
Carnegie Mellon’s Board of Trustees Chair David S Shapira pointed out that the university’s vision of education combines depth of learning in a student’s chosen field with an openness to collaboration and willingness to share perspectives across disciplines.
Carnegie Mellon Qatar’s 2008 Student Body president Noor Mohamed al-Jassim said that the ‘vision of developing a knowledge-based society arising from a sophisticated and integrated educational system has become a shared vision for all of us.’
Saad Rashid al-Matwi, 2009 Student Body president, described the new building as a leap forward in the process of building the educational renaissance of Qatar.
Lauding the ‘hard work of so many people who dedicated countless hours to make our dream a reality,’ Dean Thorpe stated that architects Ricardo and Victor Legoretta captured the century-long spirit of Carnegie Mellon in their unique design.
Recalling the initiation of talks between Qatar Foundation and Carnegie Mellon well over five years, Abdulla al-Thani pointed out: “Carnegie Mellon attracted us because of its reputation for innovation and its internationalist outlook.”
The ceremony also saw HH Sheikha Mozah being presented with the copy of a mural depicting the history of Qatar and the evolution of Doha into the modern city it has become.
Designed by Doug Cooper, a Carnegie Mellon graduate and a professor in the university’s School of Architecture since 1976, the mural is installed in the new building.
Videos featuring students and the various stages of constructing the facility were also among the highlights of the event.

Gulf Times


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