Summer College Preview Program 2017

Carnegie Mellon summer program offers glimpse into careers of the future

More than 60 secondary students experience innovative fields and career paths at 10th annual Summer College Preview Program

DOHA, QATAR – More than sixty secondary school students from across Qatar explored career paths in business, science and technology at the annual Summer College Preview Program (SCPP) hosted by Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q).

Students in the three-week program study, explore and prepare projects in one of the areas in which CMU-Q offers degrees: biological sciences, business administration, computer science and information systems.

“We are proud to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the SCPP. Students who participate in SCPP get a greater understanding of what CMU-Q is about: they learn about our work ethic and our unique approach to study and problem solving,” said Damian Dourado, CMU-Q’s director of pre-college programs.

Based on a program at Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in Pittsburgh, USA, SCPP offers students an opportunity to explore emerging fields and areas of study. Designed for students in their last few years of secondary school, SCPP has proven to hone students’ planning and preparation for college. In the 2016 incoming class at CMU-Q, nearly a quarter of students had completed SCPP.

Ayah Al-Ansari, a grade 12 student at Raba’a Al Adewiya School, said: “Taking part in the SCPP has been an amazing experience—I have learned how to work in a group and take ownership of my learning. I look forward to applying to CMU-Q and becoming a biological sciences student.”

The program also includes a series of workshops on how to become a master student by learning to set goals and effectively manage time—all challenges the SCPP participants will face when they embark on their university careers.

Maryam Al-Thani, a grade 10 student at Qatar Academy, said: “When I first learned about the program, I was intrigued as I wanted to learn more about the computer science major CMU-Q offers. I now know what to expect when I become a student at CMU-Q.”

Workshops and programs for secondary school students interested in studying biological sciences, business administration, computer science and information systems are held throughout the year.

Learn more about SCPP and upcoming outreach programs.