Secretary Hillary Clinton visits Qatar campus
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited Carnegie Mellon’s campus in Qatar’s Education City last week.
Clinton visited the campus to participate in a question-and-answer session with members of Education City’s community. Students, faculty, and staff chosen to represent each university in Education City made up the audience of 600.
The event was organized and moderated by Al-Jazeera International, a news and current affairs TV channel headquartered in Doha, Qatar. Al-Jazeera collaborated with the Qatar Foundation and Carnegie Mellon Qatar to bring the event to campus.
The event was titled “Townterview” and fit into a series of events that cover international issues centered in Washington, D.C. The session was moderated by Abderrahim Foukara, the Washington bureau chief of Al-Jazeera International.
According to a recent Carnegie Mellon press release, Clinton spoke highly of Education City’s commitment to internationally focused education.
“I have been following the progress of Education City from the United States, and I am delighted to be able to see with my own eyes the extraordinary commitment of the Qatar Foundation, his highness the emir, and of the people of Qatar to the importance of education,” Clinton said.
Clinton discussed a variety of current affairs and relevant issues with those who attended the event, accepting questions from students studying in Education City as well as members of the local community. Issues spanned a wide range of topics including nuclear weapons in Iran, the Israeli/Palestinian situation, and Clinton’s own role in President Obama’s administration.