Carnegie Mellon Heritage

Since its founding in 1900 by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, Carnegie Mellon University has focused on finding real-world solutions to problems facing society. 

Our Founder - Andrew Carnegie

A self-described working-boy with an intense longing for books, Andrew Carnegie immigrated from Scotland with his family in 1848 and settled in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He became a self-educated entrepreneur, whose company became the world's largest producer of steel by the end of the 19th century.

On November 15, 1900, Andrew Carnegie formally announced: "For many years I have nursed the pleasing thought that I might be the fortunate giver of a Technical Institute to our City, fashioned upon the best models, for I know of no institution which Pittsburgh, as an industrial centre, so much needs." He concluded with the words "My heart is in the work," which would become part of the school's official seal.

The Mellon family of Pittsburgh later became strong and visionary supporters of the university. Thousands of faculty and staff, students and alumni, corporations, foundations and friends have joined this great educational venture. 

The Campus in Qatar

In 2004, Carnegie Mellon University and Qatar Foundation began a partnership to bring CMU’s unique educational experience to Qatar. From the very start, it was clear that this was a community endeavor.

We began operations in just three offices in Qatar Academy. Soon thereafter, we moved to space that Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar generously shared with us. The success and growth of our programs necessitated another move to Qatar Foundation’s Liberal Arts and Sciences building in 2007. In 2008, we moved to our new state-of-the-art facility. In 2014, Carnegie Mellon celebrated 10 years in Qatar.  

The campus continues to grow, now providing a prestigous education to more than 400 students from 40 countries. The university offers five undergraduate degree programs in Biological Sciences, Business Administration, Computational Biology, Computer Science and Information Systems.  

Students in Qatar join more than 13,000 Carnegie Mellon students across the globe, who will become the next generation of leaders tackling tomorrow's challenges. The university's 100,000 alumni are recruited by some of the world's most innovative organizations.  


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