The winning entries were Khaled Medhat Al-Habashi, a student of the British International School who came in first, Christopher Henry Berger (Kuwait English School) in second place, Khalid Abdullah Tebe (British International School) in third, Punsara Dulara Navaratna in fourth and Halema Abdulhameed Alwazzhn (Fareeh Bent Abi Assalt Secondary School) in fifth place. Donna Duffet, Events Project Coordinator and Ahmed Zaghmout, Recruitment Officer from VCUQatar presented the awards to the students. “This design competition was particularly fascinating because it challenged the immediate relationships between consumer and design,” said Ms. Duffet. “The winners designed their product every step of the way to help people and create a solution,” she added.
VCUQatar received 74 entries this year and representatives from the Ministry of Education, Qatar Foundation’s Education Division, the Regency Group and the Arts Faculty of VCUQatar judged the winning entries. Various other VCUQatar officials attended the judging and the reception. ‘Better Living through Better Design’ was the theme of the 2009 Design Competition and students were invited to design a solution or product that would improve everyday living keeping in mind the end users’ needs while incorporating environmentally conscious methods and materials.
The annual Design Competition is launched every year in Qatar, UAE, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Pakistan, Yemen and Palestine and is open to students in their senior year of high school. Up to five winners are selected from each country and receive cash prizes of $1,000 for the first place, $800 for the second place, $600 for the third, $400 for the fourth and $200 for the fifth place. The winners are also eligible to compete for the two Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned Scholarships for Creativity to attend VCUQatar.
The 2009 Design Competition is sponsored by Regency Holding Group who are awarding the cash prizes. Regency Group Holding is a group of well-known companies excelling in the fields of real estate development and marketing, facilities management, tourism, travel and hospitality. The Group also boasts high caliber technical and professional experts, implements professional work regulations and aims to provide high quality services. “We are very pleased to be a part of a scholarship program that encourages design which is becoming such an important facet of the business world today,” said a spokesperson for the group.