Alumni Giveback is a testament to the enduring bond between graduates and their alma mater. It represents a meaningful way for alumni to contribute back to the institution that played a pivotal role in shaping their lives and careers. Through their generous donations of time, resources, and expertise, alumni enrich the university community and empower the next generation of students. Whether through participating in Alumni Panel Discussions, Master Classes or participating with their artwork, alumni giveback initiatives foster a sense of connection, pride, and collective achievement. These acts of generosity not only benefit current students but also strengthen the university’s reputation and legacy. The symbiotic relationship between alumni and their university thrives on a shared commitment to lifelong learning, growth, and the pursuit of excellence.
In a recent alumni event that bridged geographical gaps, three outstanding graduates of Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar) shared their profound impact on the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The panel discussion, moderated by Dean Amir Berbić, provided a platform for these accomplished alumni to reflect on their contributions, triumphs, challenges, and dedication to the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The esteemed alumni panel included Bouthayna Al-Mutah (’09 Graphic Design), renowned for designing the official posters for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, Aisha Said Al-Ziani (’20 Painting and Printmaking), a featured artist in “Hayya Hayya (Better Together),” one of the singles from the official soundtrack, and Fatma Al Jaidah (’07 Graphic Design), who serves as Q22 Destination & Experience Director at the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy.
The event, which showcased the global reach of VCUarts Qatar, drew a substantial virtual audience on Zoom, demonstrating the strong connection and engagement within the alumni community.
Italian Design Day
On March 9th, 2023, The Italian Faculty of VCUQ and several other guests presented projects reflecting meaningful design collaboration between Italy and Qatar.
Alumna Maryam Al-Suwaidi IDES ’13 presented her groundbreaking work, completed in collaboration with FROMM, the Italian furniture design company.