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Education Citayyyyyyyy!*

January 12, 2010
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* Updated with More Pics!

What a great day! We spent the day touring three of the universities in Education City and getting to know the staff and their programs they are involved in. Tomorrow we will visit the rest of the campuses (we split in half).

View from Carnegie Mellon looking out on Education City

My group headed first to Northwestern, the newest university in education city. They have a program of about 74students and are currently housed in the Carnegie Mellon building because their’s has not been built yet. Next we headed over to the Cornell building where they have a pre-med and medical school of a slightly larger student population. After lunch, we spent our afternoon at Carnegie Mellon, which so far has the most impressive building. Her Royal Highness even has a room there!

I was blown away by the technology within all of the buildings – state of the art video conferencing, smart boards, security systems, medical test dummies, etc. I was also impressed and uber excited about all the free goodies we got from the schools! I’m not sure if they will let me back to the states with all this stuff!

Inside Carnegie Mellon

After our tours and dinner we walked over to the Qatar Foundation for a really exciting event. The BBC and Qatar Foundation host a series of debates entitled “the Doha Debates” hosted by famous anchor, Tim Sebastian. It’s super exciting because the debate will air on BBC later this month and you can watch it online! AND we got to be in the audience – so hopefully yours truly will make a special appearance. Tonight’s topic discussed if the Afghan government was really forth fighting for. It was super high-tech and filled with lots of opinions and sassy pants commentators and audience members.

Another highlight of the day was that I won 5 Qatari Riyal in a bet (even though it’s illegal) from a fellow trip-mate when we had our own debate whether the High School Musical series included a colon in the title. Obvi I won.

Oh and ANOTHER highlight was finding a diet coke – I’ll I’ve been finding is pepsi, or as Hallah the robot says, “bebsi.” It was heaven sent.

Diet Coke in Arabic

Tomorrow is filled with more tours and time spent at the University! I’ll try and update with more pics in the morning, the uploading is taking forever tonight!

Peace in the Middle East!

Neen

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 12, 2010 1:53 pm

    I married a Carnegie Mellon alumni. 🙂

    This is quite the extraordinary trip – loving reading all about it.

  2. Momma W permalink
    January 12, 2010 5:10 pm

    Neen & Sara,

    Hope you are taking lots of pics!! It looks just beautiful there. Even with the bathroom situation. Still not over that pic in my mind.

    Love & miss you Shorty! Hugs to both of you.

  3. Sammy permalink
    January 12, 2010 5:45 pm

    So exciting, can’t wait to hear more!! 🙂

  4. Ry Ry permalink
    January 12, 2010 9:30 pm

    That’s not diet coke! Is everything like that over there? like the same style just in Qatar language or whatever? haha.
    Hope you are having fun. Update your blog more with pictures! Love you
    Ryan

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