Tuesday, May 06, 2008
We have started to reap...
Education City held its first official Senior Convocation last night to an audience of parents, diplomats, and media from around the world. The sentiment of most in the audience was captured in the statement by His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani pictured above, "We have started to reap the yield of an ambitious national project." The 122 graduates of VCU-Q design, Cornell med, Texas A&M engineering, and Carnegie Mellon business and computer science celebrated their accomplishment and placed artifacts of their days at Education City in a time capsule to be opened in ten years.
His Highness recognized the essential role of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah as the chair of the Board of Qatar Foundation and the one who has given tirelessly to advance the vision of Education City. The celebration was more about the students whose video reflected on the intensity of their learning and their response to the call for them to be global leaders. The entire evening was a statement about a very visionary little country whose resources have thrust it upon the international stage as a voice of moderation, progressivism, possibility, and hope.
Media coverage of Eduation City's graduations has come in from far and wide. Select articles that I've seen are from St. Petersburg (Russia), The Guardian (UK), and The Independent (UK).