CEE Junior Heads to Doha on Team IMPAQT
Annually, Student Affairs selects a small group of students to participate in the IMPAQT (Initiating Meaningful Pittsburgh and Qatar Ties) program. During spring break these students travel between the Pittsburgh and Qatar campus to cultivate more meaningful relationships between the student bodies in Pittsburgh and our campus in Doha.
This year Ahmad Khanzada (BS '17) traveled to Doha and was immersed in student life on the CMU-Q campus. He attended classes and activities; interviewed students, faculty and staff about their personal experiences; met with student organizations; explored residential life in Education City; and toured facilities relevant to the student experience in Education City and Doha.
Below is a glimpse into the week Ahmad spent in Doha.
|Ahmad inside the lobby of the CMU-Q campus was designed by architect Ricardo Legorreta. Legorreta's intention was to make the CMU building the heart of Education City, located on the outskirts of Doha.|
|Education City will get a new 44,000 seat stadium ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. Ahmad, who is interested in working on stadium design post-graduation, is pictured in front of a model of the Al Rayyan Stadium.|
|Students took some time to visit the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) in Doha. MIA is considered the flagship of Qatar museums and houses a collection from three continents over 1,400 years. Here they are enjoying the Doha skyline from an outdoor space for visitors.
Pictured left to right: Maria Ali (IMPAQT student from Qatar in 2016), Alawiya Al-Husseiny (IMPAQT student from Qatar in 2016), Sampriti Jain (IMPAQT student from Qatar in 2016), Ahmad Khanzada, Nick Wilson (IMPAQT student from Pittsburgh in 2016)
|The IMPAQT Team also had an opportunity to visit the set of Al Jazeera studios in Doha.
Pictured left to right: Ahmad Khanzada, Owen Stone, Meghana Valluri, Taylor Tabb, Nikhil Choudhary, Nick Wilson, LeShaun Jones, Josh Zak, Jade Schiffer, Kristen Smith
|The group visited the village of Katara which is designed as a cultural space for people from around the world to experience multi-cultural events and activities through theatre, literature, music, visual art, conventions and exhibitions and promote a united humanity.
|The Qatar Student Association's hosted a cultural night where the students learned about their host country. Here Ahamad holds a falcon. Falconry is an important part of Qatar culture introduced by Bedouin tribes for hunting birds migrating across the Arabian Peninsula.|
|The IMPAQT students pose in front of the Carnegie Mellon University building in Qatar.
Pictured: Jade Schiffer, Nick Wilson, Owen Stone, Josh Zak, Taylor Tabb, Ahmad Khanzada, Nikhil Choudhary, LeShaun Jones, Kristen Smith, Meghana Valluri