Orientation week included both in-person and remote elements.
Orientation week included both in-person and remote elements.

Class of 2025 begins studies at CMU-Q 

Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q), a Qatar Foundation partner university, officially welcomed the new class of students as the 2021-22 academic year kicked off last week.  

Before classes begin, new students at CMU-Q attend a week of orientation to introduce them to university life. The orientation includes a series of lectures, activities, information sessions, and a formal welcome to the community.  

Michael Trick, dean of CMU-Q, addressed the students during the convocation ceremony on Academic Day of orientation: “Allow me to reassure each one of you: we have selected you because we believe you will succeed and thrive at Carnegie Mellon Qatar. Class of 2025, it is my pleasure to welcome you—officially—to Carnegie Mellon University.” 

The students also received words of guidance and wisdom from Dudley Reynolds, the senior associate dean for education.  

“Your challenge will be to understand the value of looking at problems systematically through multiple lenses, what universities refer to as disciplines: the sciences of business, biology, mathematics, and computing, the arts of history, philosophy, and language,” said Reynolds.  

Orientation was also a time for the new class to hear words of advice and encouragement from current students at CMU-Q. Shadi Abdalla is a third year biological sciences student and the president of CMU-Q’s Student Majlis. 

Abdulla said to the new class: “Here at CMU-Q, students don’t just learn, they explore the world. Class of 2025, during your time here, make the most of all the opportunities Carnegie Mellon has to offer. In a community like ours, you will always find someone to guide you and make sure you’re making the most of your education.” 

Shadi Abdulla formally welcomes the new students to CMU-Q.

Shadi Abdulla formally welcomes the new students to CMU-Q.

There are more than 100 students in the Class of 2025 who are beginning their undergraduate studies in biological sciences, business administration, computer science and information systems. 


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