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Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ) is a branch of Texas A&M University located in Education City, Al Rayyan, Qatar.

Texas A&M University at Qatar
Rear of Texas A&M University in Qatar.jpg
TypeState university
Branch of Texas A&M University
Established2003
Endowment$5.6 billion (Systemwide)
ChancellorJohn Sharp
PresidentMichael K. Young[1]
ProvostDr. Carol Fierke[2]
DeanDr. César O. Malavé
Students542 (Fall 2015)[3]
Undergraduates493 (Fall 2015)[3]
Postgraduates49 (Fall 2015)[3]
0 (Fall 2015)[3]
Location, ,
25°18′53″N 51°26′22″E / 25.3148°N 51.4394°E / 25.3148; 51.4394Coordinates: 25°18′53″N 51°26′22″E / 25.3148°N 51.4394°E / 25.3148; 51.4394
CampusMulti-versity Education City, 2,400 acres (9.7 km2)
ColorsMaroon and white[4]
         
NicknameAggies
AffiliationsAAU
MascotReveille IX
Websitewww.qatar.tamu.edu
Texas A&M University at Qatar

The University offers undergraduate degrees in chemical, electrical, mechanical, and petroleum engineering. A graduate program for chemical engineering (Master's degree) commenced in 2011.

HistoryEdit

Texas A&M University's campus in Qatar was established in 2003.[5] The campus was set up through an agreement between Texas A&M and the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development, a private institution under the laws of the State of Qatar.[6] The Qatar Foundation was started by then-emir Shiekh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and his wife and mother of the current emir Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. The campus was opened as part of Qatar’s "massive venture to import elite higher education from the United States to Doha using the oil and natural gas riches of the tiny Persian Gulf nation".[6] Since 2003, there have been 635 graduates.[7]

The original agreement was for undergraduate programs in chemical, electrical, mechanical, and petroleum engineering. In 2010, an additional agreement established a graduate studies program in engineering. In 2011, a third agreement established a research program. The two initial agreements ended in June 2013 and in January 2014 a renewal agreement was signed for a period of ten years.[6]

AcademicsEdit

According to the agreement between Qatar and TAMU, the curriculum at the Doha campus will "duplicate as closely as possible" the curriculum at TAMU’s main campus.[6] Questions have arisen over whether schools such as TAMUQ in Education City are truly able to grant students the same freedom of thought, expression and association as is available to students at the U.S. campuses due to Qatar’s much stricter laws that inhibit these freedoms.[8][9] This causes doubt over whether TAMUQ can really uphold the same academic curriculum and academic standards as Texas A&M, College Station.

AdministrationEdit

The 2014 agreement states that TAMU and TAMUQ are responsible for selecting and supervising all faculty and staff, admitting, enrolling and instructing students, developing plans to ensure the university satisfies the terms of the agreement, and designing and implementing the school’s academic curriculum and programs.[6]

The Qatar Foundation and TAMU established a Joint Advisory Board to oversee TAMUQ. Three members are appointed by each TAMU and the Qatar Foundation, and three members are jointly appointed by both sides.[6] The board provides advice to the Dean of TAMUQ, reviews the budget, and conducts ongoing review and evaluation of the success of TAMUQ.

FundingEdit

Texas A&M receives more than $76.2 million each year to operate its campus in Qatar.[6] The Qatar Foundation purchases and owns all property, pays salaries, and reimburses expenses to Texas A&M for its campus in Doha. In addition, TAMU earns a management fee which is inclusive of all of its costs and fees for establishing, managing, and operating TAMUQ.[6] In the budgets approved for FY2014 and proposed for FY2015-2018, TAMU’s management fee is $8.2 million.[6]

Tuition at the university is $28,900 for undergraduates.[7] In the agreement between the two parties it is stated that "the tuition and fees for students at TAMUQ shall be no less than the highest rates applicable to out of state students at TAMU’s main campus".[6] The Qatar Foundation is responsible for collecting all tuition paid by students.[6]

According to the agreement, the Qatar Foundation is responsible for all financial aid awarded to international, non-U.S. citizen undergraduate students at TAMUQ. For graduate students, the Qatar Foundation will provide limited financial assistance to Qatari students who are not otherwise funded but is not required to provide assistance to non-Qatari students, although it may do so on a case by case basis.[6]

The endowment of the program is owned by the Qatar Foundation and managed on behalf of the program unless a donor specifies that it should be otherwise managed. Property or equipment purchased by the Qatar Foundation or acquired through a gift to the Qatar Foundation are property of the Foundation. Anything acquired through a gift to TAMU or TAMUQ will be property of TAMU.[6]

Texas A&M at Qatar also allows students the opportunity to participate in sports such as basketball and soccer. In the 2008 and 2009 seasons, the men's basketball team completed a historic run where they went undefeated for 46 straight games.[citation needed]

Undergraduate admissionsEdit

Texas A&M University at Qatar follows the same admissions standards in place at the home campus in College Station, Texas.

Texas A&M University has a research collaboration with Habib University in Pakistan.

TAMU agreed that the undergraduate population of its campus in Doha would be 70% Qatari citizens.[6] About 40% of TAMUQ’s students are women, a much higher percentage than in most engineering programs.[10]

CriticismsEdit

As with many other universities with campuses abroad, Texas A&M Qatar has drawn some criticism over whether it upholds the same standards for its Qatar campus as it does for its U.S. campus.[10] Some critics have said that the pool of applicants for TAMUQ is smaller, which leads to a higher acceptance rate and a lower quality of students. However, there is no definitive evidence that the standards are actually lower and TAMUQ has often received praise for its Qatari campus and awards for the research performed there.[11]

Activities in IsraelEdit

In the winter 2013, Texas A&M publicized their plans to open a $200 million "peace campus" in Nazareth, Israel.[12][13] Student at the school’s Doha campus protested the move with Qatari students claiming it was "an insult to [their] people".[14][9] Shortly after, in May 2014, Texas A&M received $31.7 million from the Qatar National Research Fund.[9] Texas A&M did not open the campus in Nazareth, instead opting for a much more modest $6 million marine research center in Haifa, Israel.[13]

Contract with Qatar FoundationEdit

In fall 2015, The Washington Post asked Texas A&M for a copy of its contract with the Qatar Foundation. Texas A&M originally declined and referred the request to the Texas attorney general’s office. The Qatar Foundation's attorneys at the law firm Covington & Burling told the attorney general’s office that releasing the records "would cause substantial competitive harm".[6] The attorney general’s office eventually concluded that the contract must be disclosed.

Death on campusEdit

In May 2014, a laboratory worker was killed in an accident in the Engineering Building.[15] The victim was Hassan Kamal Hussein, an Egyptian expat who worked in the lab.[16] The campus and its students, in partnership with Qatar Charity, held fundraisers to help support Hussein's family in the wake of the accident.[16] Since then an engineer who tried to fix the faulty equipment, and the equipment's manufacturer have been sued over the incident.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Loftin Confirmed As Texas A&M's 24th President". Texas A&M University. February 12, 2010. Archived from the original on July 15, 2012. Retrieved February 17, 2010.
  2. ^ "TAMU Office of the Provost".[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d "Texas A&M University Enrollment Profile: Fall 2015" (PDF). Texas A&M University. p. 12. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  4. ^ "Brand Colors". Texas A&M University Brand Guide. Texas A&M University Marketing & Communications. October 17, 2015. Archived from the original on October 24, 2015. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  5. ^ Reeve Hamilton (25 May 2012). "After 10 Years in Qatar, A&M Looking Forward to 10 More". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1216916378. "Texas university gets $76 million each year to operate in Qatar, contract says". Washington Post. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  7. ^ a b https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1216916378. "Doha's Education City by the numbers: Enrollment, diplomas, faculty, finances". Washington Post. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  8. ^ Reports, Gulf News Journal. "Roots of American universities grow deeper in Qatar, drawing criticism". Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  9. ^ a b c Reports, Gulf News Journal. "While U.S. universities see dollar signs in Qatari partnerships, some cry foul". Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  10. ^ a b https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1216916378. "In Qatar's Education City, U.S. colleges are building an academic oasis". Washington Post. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  11. ^ Reports, Gulf News Journal. "Texas A&M University at Qatar wins 23 awards at QNRF forum". Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  12. ^ Skop, Yarden (22 October 2013). "Texas A&M University to Establish New Campus in Nazareth". Retrieved 9 September 2017 – via Haaretz.
  13. ^ a b http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/texas-am-kills-200-million-arab-university-in-nazareth-opens-6-million-center-in-haifa-instead/2015/12/14/
  14. ^ "Page not found – The Daily Q". Archived from the original on 31 May 2016. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  15. ^ "Texas A&M cancels classes after staffer killed in laboratory accident". 28 May 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  16. ^ a b "Donation drive held for family of deceased TAMUQ lab coordinator". 10 June 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  17. ^ "Trial starts for Texas A&M University at Qatar fatality". 29 April 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2017.

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