The start of the new academic year at VCUarts Qatar saw 119 high achieving students earn places on the Dean’s List.
Across the global higher education landscape, inclusion in the Dean’s List is a recognition of a student’s hard work and academic excellence. At VCUarts Qatar, this selection takes place biannually. Traditionally the awardees are celebrated at an event on campus, that is followed by a luncheon, along with the families of the students.
This year, pandemic restrictions meant that the event took place virtually. A number of academic leaders spoke to the Dean’s list recipients and congratulated them for their achievements, including Dean Amir Berbić, and Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Cherif Amor.
The Dean’s List is a recognition of superior academic performance. At the end of Spring 2020, students who attained a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher, based on a minimum of 12 semester credits graded by the standard grade-mode, with no I-grades or grades below C, qualified for placement on the Dean's List.
Of the 119 students placed on the spring 2020 Dean's List, and whom VCUarts Qatar is celebrating this week, 34 are from the Art Foundation Program, 21 are from the Art History program, nine are from the Fashion Design program, 26 are from the Graphic Design program, 19 are from the Interior Design program, and 10 are from the Painting + Printmaking program.
Amir Berbić, the Dean of VCUarts Qatar, welcomed the students and their families, saying, “There is no substitute for hard work and dedication; combine those with talent, and you get outstanding performance. Each one of you represents that equation, and that’s why you’ve been selected to the Dean’s List.
“It is no small honor to be on the Dean’s List - as Dean’s List students you are setting the standard for all other students. Your names have become part of our school’s history, making each one of you a leader in your own right, both within and outside VCUarts Qatar’s community. Having observed and evaluated what you’ve achieved in so short a time, we’re excited to see what you’ll be doing next - both as students, and eventually, as alumni.
“I also want to congratulate the parents and families of our Dean’s List students. Your encouragement and support in their formative years have been crucial in giving them – your children – the confidence to stand out and excel.”