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CMU-Q pledges advice to Qatar for 2022 World Cup

Carnegie Mellon Qatar and Hassan Al-Thawadi, the Secretary General of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, signed a memorandum of understanding last Monday in which they agreed to commit to the successful hosting of the 2022 International Federation of Football Association (FIFA) World Cup.

In December 2010, FIFA awarded hosting rights of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. Now, in the memorandum of understanding, Carnegie Mellon Qatar has pledged to provide expertise in research, strategic studies, and executive education to the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee.

The signing was accompanied by a speech from Al-Thawadi at the Qatar campus.

“Working with local partners is an important part of the Supreme Committee’s strategy moving forward,” Al-Thawadi said in his speech, quoted by a Carnegie Mellon press release. “Our goal is to harness the expertise of institutions in Qatar, ensuring that the delivery of a successful event in 2022 is a nationwide effort.”

The dean of Carnegie Mellon Qatar, Ilker Baybars, was also quoted in the press release, saying, “Through this memorandum of understanding, Carnegie Mellon Qatar is looking forward to being a strategic partner of Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee in national capacity-building efforts, scientific research projects, and Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup projects, empowering a generation of future leaders in Qatar.”

CMU assists in software development certification

Computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon are working with the Kenya Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Board to create a certification exam for Kenyan software developers.

The exam is intended to eventually serve as a benchmark for employers of software developers everywhere.

“Kenya is emerging as the epicenter for ICT innovations and a software development hub,” Bitange Ndemo, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication, said in a Carnegie Mellon press release.

“We want to lead from the front and be the technology partner of choice on the African continent,” Ndemo said.

The exam would be different from current software developer certifications in that it would require applicants to actually write software.

Most current certifications simply test applicants on their general knowledge.

Randal E. Bryant, dean of the School of Computer Science, spoke in the press release about the obstacles Carnegie Mellon and Kenya face in the development of the certification.

“Our challenge is to identify the general skills that software developers must have and then develop model software systems that will enable us to evaluate those skills during an exam,” he said. “We also must make certain that the exam remains up to date and affordable.”