We are guided by one, fundamental objective: To positively impact the development of Qatar.
We do this primarily by connecting our faculty, students and alumni directly to the challenges facing Qatar’s rapid social, economic, environmental, and urban transformation.
We have a long history of collaborating with local, national, and international organizations on successful research and design projects across each of our programs. Projects use students, alumni, and faculty skills in research-led art, design, and scholarly projects to ensure a tangible outcome.
Our five year strategic plan is based on three objectives:
One, to seek extramural funding to support the ongoing scholarly, scientific, and creative research endeavors of our Qatar-based faculty;
Two, to build collaborative partnerships between our university and the Qatar community comprising fellow academicians in all of Qatar’s higher education and research centers, government ministries, private sector corporations, and citizens from across the public and private sphere;
Three, engage in problem sets that have the broadest public impact, especially targeting health behavior, environmental sustainability, and entrepreneurial empowerment.
Songbird Feeder by MFA in Design Studies Director Rab McClure, received patent protection (29/794,537) and has entered into the commercialization process with QF's Industry Development and Knowledge Transfer (IDKT) office.
Qatar National Research Fund awarded three faculty and six students an Undergraduate Research Education Program (UREP) grant ($30,000) for a research proposal titled 'The Preservation of Qatari Cultural Heritage Through the Preservation and Promotion of Traditional Games.' The project aims to preserve intangible national culture for current and future generations by digitally archiving and promoting traditional Qatari games.
VCUarts Qatar recently launched the VCUarts Qatar Institute for Creative Research and became home to the country’s, and one of the region’s, first university-level institutes dedicated to advancing creative research.
Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice-Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation (QF), and Dr. Sriram Rao, Vice President for Research and Innovation, VCU, Richmond attended the event.
Also, in attendance were Francisco Marmolejo, President of Higher Education at Qatar Foundation; Dr. Hisham Sabir, Executive Director (Interim), Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF); Riham Daher, Director of Programs Administration, QNRF; Lisa Ballance, Associate Vice President for Strategy and Regulatory Affairs, VCU, Richmond; Amir Berbić, Dean, VCUarts Qatar; and other senior leadership, chairs and faculty from VCUarts Qatar’s research, academic and administrative departments. Dr. Sriram Rao, made the official announcement of the Institute.
The Institute’s governing operations will be led by Dr. Diane Derr, Associate Dean for Research and Development. The Institute is made up of faculty-led Research Labs. Together, these Labs at VCUarts Qatar explore areas as diverse as nanotechnology, product design and development, data processing, computation, and sound design, to transformative pedagogy, cultural preservation, and Arabic typography. Each Lab supports in-depth investigations by teams of faculty, students, and alumni, and enhances community engagement and impact. The Labs provide students with hands-on experiential learning, and recent alumni with valuable professional development.