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09 May, 2008

VCUQatar Celebrates Building Addition with Ground Breaking Ceremony

VCUQatar held a Ground Breaking Ceremony, to commemorate the expansion of its building on the eve of the ten year anniversary.

VCUQatar held a Ground Breaking Ceremony, to commemorate the expansion of its building on the eve of the ten year anniversary. A ceremony was held at the Education City campus with officials from the Qatar Foundation, the President of Virginia Commonwealth University from the United States and other dignitaries. With the addition to the building, VCUQatar plans on expanding its offerings to the community. A proposal and planning are in the works to offer a masters degree in design and to build a large library and more facilities to support the growing needs of the student population.

VCUQatar Dean Allyson Vanstone welcomed the VIPs and special guests at the event. "Today's ceremony marks the beginning of a new era both for VCU and Qatar as a center for design excellence in the region. The building expansion marks the culmination of ten years of hard work in become a leading force for fostering a design culture and creativity in Qatar and the region. Today we celebrate a decade of accomplishments of our alumna, students and faculty as we build and prepare for the decade to come."

The dean introduced Dr. Abdullah Al Thani Qatar Foundation Vice President for Education who spoke about the prosperous relationship between Virginia Commonwealth University and Qatar Foundation. VCU President Dr. Eugene Trani then went on to speak about the 10 year anniversary. "When we began 10 years ago, we started with a class of 35 bright young women and 6 pioneering faculty members. Today, our student body has grown to just under 200 and we have over 35 faculty members. In addition, we have made a smooth transition from an all-female student body to a coed student body this past year. And as the first institution to come to Education City, we have had great opportunity to watch as Her Highness' vision unfolds around us." noted Dr Trani.

After the speeches Dean Allyson Vanstone walked Dr. Abdullah Al-Thani; Vice President of Education, Dr. Eugene Trani; President of Virginia Commonwealth University and Thomas Rosenthal the Rector for Virginia Board of Visitors to the ground breaking site on the North West corner of the building and handed each of them a commemorative shovel.

The new building, which will more than double the size of the current facility is yet another critical step to fulfilling VCUQatar's vision of providing an exceptional educational environment for our students from Qatar, the Arabian Gulf region and from around the world.

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed VCUQatar's graduation dinner in the Qatar Foundation Headquarters, where the first classes for its students were held a decade ago.