Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Noteworthy News; Texas A&M Opens New Campus in Qatar

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Noteworthy News; Texas A&M Opens New Campus in Qatar

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Texas A&M University opened its new branch campus in Qatar earlier this month and began offering classes on a highly selective basis for Middle East students who want to earn degrees in one of four areas of engineering.

Classes began with 29 students, noted Qatar interim dean and CEO Charles H. Bowman. Instruction will be temporarily offered in the Weill Cornell Medical College building in Qatar, while Texas A&M's new building is under construction.

"The size and quality of the inaugural class has exceeded our expectations," Bowman says, "particularly given the short time we had available to conduct the admissions process. We look forward to working with this enthusiastic group of new Aggies."

Joseph A. Estrada, director of admissions and records, told the Gulf Times, a major newspaper for the Persian Gulf region, that Texas A&M at Qatar received about 100 applications and subjected the applicants to a "stringent screening" in selecting the inaugural class.

Estrada, who previously headed admissions operations for Texas A&M's main campus in College Station, said the first class includes 14 men and 15 women. He said 24 of the students are from Qatar, three are from India, one from Lebanon and one from Yemen. …

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