Students explore career path at CMU-Q’s annual program

 10 Aug 2017 - 0:02

Students explore career path at CMU-Q’s annual program

The Peninsula

More than sixty secondary school students from across Qatar explored career paths in business, science and technology at the annual Summer College Preview Program (SCPP) hosted by Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q).

Students in the three-week program study, explore and prepare projects in one of the areas in which CMU-Q offers degrees: biological sciences, business administration, computer science and information systems.

“We are proud to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the SCPP. Students who participate in SCPP get a greater understanding of what CMU-Q is about: they learn about our work ethic and our unique approach to study and problem solving,” said Damian Dourado, CMU-Q’s director of pre-college programs.

Based on a program at Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in Pittsburgh, USA, SCPP offers students an opportunity to explore emerging fields and areas of study. Designed for students in their last few years of secondary school, SCPP has proven to hone students’ planning and preparation for college. In the 2016 incoming class at CMU-Q, nearly a quarter of students had completed SCPP.

Ayah Al Ansari, a grade 12 student at Raba’a Al Adewiya School, said: “Taking part in the SCPP has been an amazing experience — I have learned how to work in a group and take ownership of my learning.”

The program also includes a series of workshops on how to become a master student by learning to set goals and effectively manage time—all challenges the SCPP participants will face when they embark on their university careers.

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