The winning entries were Manal Mohammed Al-Burtmani who came in first, Al-Zahra Musilm Al Suliemania in second place, Aysha Salim Al-Sultani in third, Inbrahim Nabhan Al Battashi in fourth and Mona Mohammed Gashem in fifth place. The first three winners are students of the Al-Shiekha Nadhreers School working under the guidance of Art teacher Ms. Enass Ahmad Mohamed.
Can Ikram, Director of Admissions and Moamer Qazafi, Director of Marketing and Public Relations from VCUQatar presented the awards to the students. "The originality and breadth of these projects demonstrates the high degree of innovation and environmental interest that exists on high school campuses today,” said Mr. Ikram. “These young students represent the design leadership of tomorrow,” he 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. “Our goal is to assist this new generation of gifted designers so that they have the necessary support to further their education, their design awareness and their career opportunities," said Mr. Qazafi.
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.