Education City Summer Roundup 2019



WCM-Q research highlights the importance of early screening for chlamydia infection to protect women’s reproductive health in the MENA region

Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar researchers have found that across the MENA region, infertile women or women with pregnancy complications have unexpectedly high levels of chlamydia. The study, conducted by WCM-Q’s Infectious Disease Epidemiology Group, is the first detailed characterization of chlamydia infection levels in the MENA region. Funded by the Qatar National Research Fund and WCM-Q Biomedical Research Program, the research was published in the prestigious UK journal “The Lancet Global Health,” and mentions that since chlamydia is usually symptomless, many women are unaware that they carry the infection unless they get screened through a diagnostic test. If found, the infection can be treated with specific antibiotics.


Students from Carnegie Mellon University Qatar discuss the power of education with the Rwandan president

Students from various Carnegie Mellon campuses met with the President of the Republic of Rwanda Paul Kagame to discuss the power of education and technology in the lives of today’s youth. As a part of their service-learning trip, Project Rwanda, the students from CMU’s Doha, Pittsburgh and Kigali campuses worked together to bring education to Rwandan youth through the use of innovative technological solutions. The president met with the team after receiving a tweet from one of the students involved, Andrew Edward, who reached out to the president to express the team’s passion for improving education in Rwanda.


Doha Debates attends TEDSummit in Edinburgh

Qatar Foundation’s Doha Debates held a debate on the future of globalization at the 2019 TEDSummit in Edinburgh, Scotland, on July 24, 2019. The debate was titled “Our Future or Our Failure?” and featured Parag Khanna, an Indian-American CEO, international strategist and author; Sisonke Msimang, a South African writer whose work is focused on race, gender and equality; and Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the women-led American grassroots advocacy organization CODEPINK. A diverse audience attended including students from Education City, who were selected to attend the summit as a part of Doha Debates’ sponsored educational and cultural exchange.


NU-Q hosts Summer Media Program 2019 for high-school students
Northwestern University in Qatar held its Summer Media Program for high school students between June 23 to July 4. A global mix of 113 students participated in the program and indulged in academic and cultural activities that introduced them to media in Qatar. Under the mentorship of Christina M. Paschyn, assistant professor in residence, and Ibrahim N. Abusharif, associate professor in residence, students were encouraged to produce an array of written and multimedia pieces. The students also took trips to heritage and educational sites, including the Qatar National Museum and the Qatar National Library.


VCUarts Qatar showcase artwork by students and faculty members at the Doha Fire Station

Fourteen Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar students and faculty members are participating in the Artist in Residence program at the Doha Fire Station. The Infinite Dimensions Exhibition opened on August 22 and continues until September 1. The artists’ conceptual artwork primarily focuses on social and cultural themes such as popular culture, everyday subjects and stories of belonging. The work is showcased in three main sections: Tangible Spectrums, the Edge of Thoughts and the Visual Sphere. The exhibition is being held in the Garage Gallery at the Fire Station and is open to the public for free.


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