The first professional development leadership program at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q) wrapped up at a final ceremony in Education City. The CMULead program was delivered by human resources specialists at the Carnegie Mellon campus in Pittsburgh over the spring semester. Participants included staff members from CMU Africa, CMU-Q, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), Qatar Foundation, VCUArts Qatar and Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar.

Michael Trick, dean of CMU-Q, spoke to the participants at the closing ceremony. “I am so pleased to see how the multiversity has grown and become more integrated over the years,” he said. “CMULead-Qatar embodies the vision that Qatar Foundation has for Education City, where universities share knowledge, learn together, and grow in cooperation and collaboration.”

The CMULead program has been delivered in Pittsburgh for several years by experts in the CMU Office of Human Resources. Todd Rosignoli, assistant vice president of learning and development, and Wendy Brenneman, learning and development trainer, taught the Qatar program remotely, with three in-person sessions at the CMU-Q campus.

“This is the first time we have run this program at the Qatar campus, said Trick. “I hope that this experience will pave the way for us to incorporate more initiatives from the Pittsburgh campus into our professional development options.”

The CMULead program develops leadership skills in several key areas, including emotional intelligence, intercultural communication, effective delegation and empowerment, and building positive teams. The program emphasizes how leadership skills transcend titles and roles, and developing these skills can lead to a more enriching work experience.


About Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar

For more than a century, Carnegie Mellon University has set its own course with programs that inspire creativity and collaboration. A private, top-ranked and global university, Carnegie Mellon looks beyond the traditional borders of the university campus to have a transformative impact locally, nationally, and globally.

In partnership with Qatar Foundation, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar opened in 2004. CMU-Q offers select undergraduate programs in biological sciences, business administration, computer science, and information systems. With identical degree requirements to those at the Pittsburgh campus, more than 1200 alumni have graduated from CMU-Q. Today, more than 450 students from 61 countries call Carnegie Mellon Qatar home.