Teresa Thomas or Ken Walters
Carnegie Mellon President Jared Cohon Applauds
President Barack Obama's Emphasis on Education
PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University President Jared L. Cohon yesterday applauded President Barack Obama's emphasis on the importance of education in the Gulf States during his speech at Cairo University in Egypt.
"President Obama's assertion that we all must recognize that education and innovation will be the currency of the 21st century is very real to those institutions, like Carnegie Mellon, that are partnering to provide educational opportunities and embracing the exchange of ideas in the Muslim world," Cohon said.
"Carnegie Mellon saw the potential impact of education in the region, which is why we opened the Qatar campus five years ago," Cohon said. "Such educational initiatives bridge cultures and help prepare students as global citizens, ready to live and work in a much more diverse world."
In Education City in Qatar, where Carnegie Mellon has undergraduate programs in information systems, business and computer science, university officials recently participated in a celebratory ceremony for its second graduating class.
Carnegie Mellon's campus in Doha, Qatar, opened in 2004 at the invitation of the Qatar Foundation. The university's deep commitment to education and the Middle East led Carnegie Mellon to become a founding member of the Pittsburgh Middle East Institute.