Secondary school students from across Qatar spent three weeks learning about careers in science, technology and business during the annual Summer College Preview Program (SCPP) hosted by Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q), a Qatar Foundation partner university.
This year’s three-week program - the largest SCPP in history, with 79 students participating – saw students explore fields taught at CMU-Q, including biological sciences, business administration, computer science and information systems, and learn about college life.
For many students, the program is an introduction to their future careers. Nearly 25 percent of last year’s freshman class at CMU-Q attended SCPP.
“The Summer College Preview Program exposes students to college-level math and writing and encourages them to develop new skills through project work,” said Kemal Oflazer, Associate Dean of Research, CMU-Q. “This is an important introduction to new fields of study for many students.”
The program also includes workshops on setting goals, managing time effectively, and preparing a competitive application for college.
“The main issue new college students face is that they are not well oriented within the higher education system,” said Saif Jassim Al-Kuwari, a parent of one of the SCPP students.
“The SCPP program is a great opportunity for them to get exposed to academic life at CMU-Q.”
Ghaya Al Sulaiti, a CMU-Q graduate who is now a business analysist for materials management at Qatar Petroleum, said: “I had a plan when I was at high school, which shifted once I participated in SCPP.
“It became obvious I wanted to proceed in information systems - that’s how I joined CMU-Q, and now I’m starting a career I’m passionate about.”
Haya Al- Kuwari, a student at Qatar Academy and one of the SCPP participants said: “I gained perspective, and now I have no doubt that I want to study Business Administration at CMU-Q and become one of the leading female CEOs in Qatar.”
In addition to the three-week summer program, CMU-Q holds workshops throughout the year for secondary school students who want to learn more about biological sciences, business administration, computer science, and information systems.
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