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26 February, 2008

VCUQatar Announces Winners of the 2008 Design Competition in Qatar

The winning entries for Qatar were: in 1st place was Sultana Jesmine from M.E.S Indian School, in 2nd place was Rabab Abdullah from The Ideal School and in 3rd place was Sana from the MES Indian School.

The judging took place at VCUQatar on February 17, 2008. Winning entries were judged by a jury made up of representatives from the Qatari Ministry of Education, representatives from DHL and Arts Faculty from VCUQatar. Various other VCUQatar officials attended the judging and reception including VCUQatar Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Charles Bleick and Director of Marketing and Public Relations Moamer Qazafi.

"I would like to congratulate all the winners of the contest. It is remarkable to see all the wonderful work submitted by students from all over the region. The design contest has served as a platform to develop young designers of today and to encourage the creative minds of tomorrow. We are so grateful to Qatar Islamic Bank for making this competition possible" said Dr. Charles Bleick.

The design competition provided VCUQatar the opportunity to recognize the talents of the young people throughout this region. The hope is that many of the participants will consider continuing their development as artists and designers at VCUQatar.

"This year we had a great response to our design competition. All the art work was of an exceptional standard. The students did a great job in the use of imagery in their artwork to capture their vision of success, this year's theme" added Donna Duffett, Events Project Manager.

From all the participants, three semi-finalists from each country were chosen and will receive cash prizes of $1200 for first place, $800 for second place and $600 for third place, generously provided by Qatar Islamic Bank. The three winners from each country will now move on the second phase of the competition in which two, full four-year scholarships to attend VCUQatar will be won by the two finalists. The Scholarships for creativity to attend VCUQatar are generously provided by Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, the Chairperson of the Qatar Foundation.

The winning entries for Qatar were; in 1st place was Sultana Jesmine from M.E.S Indian School, in 2nd place was Rabab Abdullah from The Ideal School and in 3rd place was Sana from the MES Indian School.

What Success Means to Youwas the theme of the first phase of 2008 Design Competition provided by Qatar Islamic Bank. The new identity of QIB signifies the beginning of a new era of development and growth at the Bank, while still adhering to the fundamental principles, values and directions stipulated by the teachings of Islam, upon which the Bank was founded as a Qatari shareholding company 25 years ago.

Their new logo symbolizes the Bank's aspirations for international expansion and its dedication to remain transparent and credible. This stems from its vision to be a pioneering international Islamic bank; its mission to provide innovative Islamic financial solutions and its values of integrity, transparency, justice, cooperation, teamwork, loyalty, commitment and excellence.

DHL Express, the official shipper for the design competition, provided all contestants with free shipping of their project. DHL Express' partnership with VCUQatar is expressed by their continuing and generous support towards the promotion of education in Qatar, they have supported the competition since its launch in 2003.