Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar hosted Kelly Shircliff, the coordinator of academic affairs at the Virginia Commonwealth University Honors College in Richmond, Virginia, USA. Ms. Shircliff is visiting the Doha campus of Virginia Commonwealth University to assist in development of the Honors program on the Qatar campus. There are currently thirty-one students registered in the honors program at VCUQatar and seven are working toward graduation with honors in the spring of 2009.
Asked about her visit and interactions with students at VCUQatar Kelly responded, "We have been educating students on the importance of the dossier requirement for the Honors program. The students at VCUQatar are very motivated and exceptional in wanting to achieve honors. They are very driven and talented. I find strong motivation here because the students want to be worthy of university honors. "
The VCUQatar Honors program is designed to foster an atmosphere of innovative exploration and to provide a challenge for some of the exceptional students at VCUQatar. Students in the honors program complete 18 semester hours of honors classes in both the core curriculum subjects and in their major areas of study. This curricular challenge is extended by seminars and the opportunity to be part of a lively honors community.
VCUQatar English professor Patty Gibbons is herself a graduate of the VCU Honors program. Professor Gibbons is currently advising one of the honors students and is making time in her schedule to meet with others because as she states, "I'd like to help support the honors program in any way I can".
"We are pleased to have Ms. Shircliff at VCUQatar this week to meet with our students and faculty about the Honors program requirements. We want the students on the Qatar campus to have the opportunity to pursue the Honors distinction, "declared Dr. Charles Bleick, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.