Asad Abdurazzakov is a second-year student studying business administration at CMU-Q.
Asad Abdurazzakov is a second-year student studying business administration at CMU-Q.

Qatar campus student named CMU 2024 Innovation Scholar

A sophomore in business administration at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q), a Qatar Foundation partner university, was named a 2024 Innovation Scholar by the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship at the CMU Pittsburgh campus. 

Asad Abdurazzakov is only the second Qatar campus student to join the Innovation Scholar program.

Fuad Farooqi is the area head for business administration and an associate teaching professor of finance. “Developing an entrepreneurial mindset involves problem solving, networking, and creativity. This program is a great way for our students to extend their networks to like-minded students in Pittsburgh, and to gain insight into how entrepreneurs approach business problems.”

The two year program is done in conjunction with the participants’ regular studies, and includes academic coursework, work experience, networking and mentorship. 

“There are so many opportunities available to CMU-Q students, you just have to look for them,” said Abdurazzakov, who learned about the Innovation Scholar program from fellow business administration student Yusufbek Nasriddinov

One goal of the Innovation Scholar program is to foster an entrepreneurial ecosystem at CMU. Abdurazzakov hopes that other students at CMU-Q will be inspired to apply for the program. “You don’t have to have your own startup,” he said. “You need to be curious and open to learning and new ideas. I hope that we can build a community of student and graduate entrepreneurs at CMU-Q who can support and encourage each other.”


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