Education City 2014: A Year In Review
December 30, 2014
January 2014 – QF changes its scholarship policies
Qatar Foundation makes changes to the selection criteria of HBKU Merit based scholarship. New procedure awards additional points for “loyalty and contribution” to Qatar, in addition to academic achievements.
January 2014 – HBKU launches Executive Master Program
HBKU launches an Executive Master in Energy and Resources, an interdisciplinary program jointly offered by Georgetown University, Texas A&M University and HEC Paris.
January 2014 – Valet Parking introduced at Student Center
HBKU Student Center introduces valet parking for visitors to help deal with parking congestion in Education City.
4 February 2014 – Green Spine Parking Reopened
The Green Spine parking lot, which had been closed for construction since August 2013, opened up. The widely used parking area provides easy access to WCMC-Q, CMU-Q, NU-Q and TAMUQ.
March 2014 – Prices of Student Residence Halls Set to Rise Annually
Housing and Residence Life (HRL) announces that housing prices will increase annually at a rate of 7.5 percent.
March 2014 – QF logo modified
Qatar Foundation makes minor changes to its logo, replacing the previous design [left], famously used over FC Barcelona’s merchandise.
18 March 2014 – CMU-Q hosts its 10th Anniversary
Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar hosts its 10th anniversary on campus. Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser attended the ceremony.
April 2014 – QF Cancels Annual Graduation Concert
QF cancels the annual graduation concert that had been taking place for at least past three years. No official announcement was made.
28 May 2014 – TAMUQ Laboratory Explosion
A lab explosion in the Petroleum Engineering laboratory of Texas A&M University in Qatar results in the death of a TAMUQ Staff member. Classes cancelled for the rest of the day and the following day.
June 2014 – Al Majlis Al Janoubi Male Housing Opened
Male students were moved to the new complex from Shamali housing complex, which had previously hosted both male and female residential buildings.
1 June 2014 – Gate 2 opens as EC’s main entrance
Education City faces a major facelift as Gate 2 moves to its new permanent site and opens up for traffic.
August 2014 – QF Budget Cuts affect Student Employment
QF budget cuts bring down the budget for HBKU Student Employment Program by almost 50 percent. Number of student jobs decreased, as well as hourly wages and maximum number of work hours for many other jobs.
August 2014 – NU-Q hosts first group of exchange students from main campus
Five students from Northwestern’s main campus in Evanston arrived at NU-Q in August to spend a semester in Doha, making NU-Q the fifth university in EC to regularly host exchange students from their respective main campuses.
27 August 2014 – On Campus Motorbike Accident
A WCMC-Q student, Jaber Al-Adba, 20, passed away as a result of a motorbike accident on campus. Al-Adba was a Qatari citizen and second year pre-med student.
22 September 2014 – Official launch of EBDA Leadership program
Existing leadership programs at HBKU and Qatar University were branded into EBDA with funding from Maersk Oil Qatar. The Leadership Council and WALK (We Are Leaders @ Kilimanjaro), two new leadership programs, were also introduced under EBDA.
20 October 2014 – QF Ride launched
Soft opening of QF Ride bike system allows students to borrow bicycles from QF Ride stands and ride around the campus as an alternative to cars and buses.
18 November 2014 – Student employment at NU-Q suspended for two months
An email from NU-Q Finance informs students that due to QF Budget constraints, the fall semester employment will end on 30th November 2014 and resume 1st February 2015.
Image source: qf.org.qa
2 December 2014 – QF Stadium for World Cup 2022 announced
At a ceremony held in Ceremonial Court, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) and QF unveiled the design for QF Stadium and Health & Wellness Center, one of the host venues for FIFA World Cup 2022. Construction is expected to be complete by 2018.
December 2014 – Education City becomes an open campus
The Open Campus initiative by QF makes EC accessible to public without the need to show their IDs at security gates. As a part of the initiative, HSSE introduced bikes patrolling security guards around the campus.
December 2014 – Portable speed cameras introduced around EC
HSSE introduced portable speed cameras on campus to keep a check on vehicle speed limits. According to HSSE security officials, cameras will flash above the speed of 40 km/h.
December 2014 – West Green Spine opened
A new Green Spine park opens up for the Education City community, adding a Skate Park, running track and children’s play area to the facilities available on campus.