23/11/14 3:13 PM
Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMUQ) recently held its first outreach program of the 2014-2015 academic year, the Ibtikar workshop. The workshop, focusing on human-centered design and the impact of design and technology on the world, was designed to highlight the field of information systems to high school students in Qatar.
Over the coming months, CMUQ will offer a variety of additional outreach workshops related to its student programs in biological sciences, business administration, and computer science, leading up to the university’s March 1 admissions deadline.
Admissions figures show that outreach programs have a significant impact on prospective student applications, with 44 percent of this year’s incoming students having participated in outreach programs.
Carnegie Mellon has always taken pride in leading outreach events that positively impact the local community. This tradition continues in Qatar with the steady growth of outreach programs that support the university’s ongoing commitment to the nation’s development.
19/11/14 8:06 AM
An innovative new art exhibition featuring work made from recycled materials by Qatari artist, Essa Al-Mulla, has opened at Qatar Foundation. Entitled ‘Found Objects & Creativity’, the display was inaugurated by Engineer Jassim Telefat, Group Executive Director of Qatar Foundation Capital Projects and Facilities Management, and Mohammed Al Naimi, Director of Community Affairs, QF Support Services.
The exhibition demonstrates Qatar Foundation’s on-going commitment to promoting local arts, culture and community development, in alignment with the Qatar National Vision 2030 to increase awareness of the country’s national heritage.
Furthermore, by drawing inspiration from, and including recycled materials such as iron, wood, and cloth in his work, the innovative artist successfully highlights the importance of environmental sustainability, which is another integral principle behind the Qatar National Vision 2030.
The ‘Found Objects & Creativity’ exhibition by artist Essa Al-Mulla is open to the public and entrance is free of charge. It will run until 23 November in the Recreation Centre in Education City.
19/11/14 8:00 AM
The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Qatar aimed at improving working conditions for migrant workers in Qatar.
Under the agreement, the two parties will work together to encourage organisations and residents to be more respectful of migrant workers, while seeking to improve sponsorship laws in Qatar.
A number of senior representatives attended the signing ceremony, including His Excellency Dr Abdullah Saleh Mubarak Al-Khulaifi, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs; His Excellency Engineer Saad Bin Ibrahim Al Muhannadi, President of Qatar Foundation; Engineer Jassim Telefat, Group Executive Director of Qatar Foundation Capital Projects and Facilities Management; and Sheikha Amal Al Thani, Health, Safety, Security & Environment Executive Director in Qatar Foundation.
18/11/14 8:21 AM
Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha presents Afterwards, the first solo exhibition in the region by artist Shirin Neshat.
This major show is located on the ground floor galleries and introduces a group of existing and newly produced works, including a photographic series inspired by The Book of Kings (Shahnama), an epic poem written by Persian poet Ferdowsi, c. 977 and 1010 CE.
In addition to this, the museum has in display a selection of video installations commenting on historical, cultural and political realities on which the artist has focused on for the past 30 years.
Curator: Abdellah Karroum. Assistant curator: Leonore-Namkha Beschi.
Shirin Neshat: Afterwards Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha Ground Floor Galleries 9 November 2014 until 15 February 2015