Since its founding in 1900 by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, Carnegie Mellon University has focused on finding real solutions to the problems facing society. Whether they attended Carnegie Technical Schools (1900-1912), Carnegie Institute of Technology (1912-1967) or Carnegie Mellon University (1967-present), our alumni became the innovators of their generation who made a difference in the world. Carnegie Mellon is a national and international leader in higher education, and it continues to be known using interdisciplinary collaboration to solve real-world problems.

Our Founder

The story of the university's founder — Andrew Carnegie — is also remarkable. 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 Carnegie Steel Company grew to be 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, designed by Tiffany and adopted in May 1912.

The Mellon family of Pittsburgh and its foundations later became strong and visionary supporters of Carnegie Tech and Carnegie Mellon. Thousands of faculty and staff, students and alumni, corporations, foundations and friends have joined this great educational venture. Carnegie Mellon would not be Carnegie Mellon without their vision, service and commitment.

Our Campus in Qatar

In 1995, His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani established Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF).  His wife, Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, became the Foundation's chairperson and driving force.  Qatar Foundation aims to support Qatar on its jouney from a carbon economy to a knowledge economy by unlocking human potential.  

At the invitation of Qatar Foundation, Carnegie Mellon joined Education City in 2004. Here, Qatar Foundation has created a world-class center for scholarship and research that is the ideal complement to Carnegie Mellon's tradition of innovation through collaboration.

Education City is a 2,500-acre multiversity on the outskirts of Doha, Qatar. In addition to Carnegie Mellon, Education City is home to branch campuses of prestigious universities including Northwestern University, Weill Cornell Medical College, Georgetown School of Foreign Service, Virginia Commonwealth UniversityTexas A&M University, HEC Paris and University College London.

Each university was hand picked to offer some of their most renowned programs. Through a unique agreement, students enrolled at any Education City universities may cross register for classes at all of the others.

This partnership creates a collegiate environment where students, faculty, staff and community members come together in the joint pursuit of learning. Education City also houses Reach Out To Asia,  Qatar Science and Technology Park, the Faculty of Islamic Studies, Academic Bridge Program, Sidra Medical & Research Center, Al Jazeera Children’s Channel and Al Shaqab Equestrian Center.

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