Manama: Ahmad Mohammad, the 14-year-old American student who was arrested in Texas after taking to school a homemade clock that was mistaken for a bomb, will be studying in Qatar after he accepted a scholarship from Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF).
“Ahmad is the latest recipient of a scholarship from the Young Innovators Programme which supports young, exceptional Arabs by offering educational opportunities in Qatar,” QF said in a statement. “The programme encourages recipients to follow their aspirations in education while fostering a culture of innovation and creativity. Qatar Foundation’s education cycle aims to provide world-class education from pre-primary to doctorate level.”
Over 6,000 students are enrolled across QF schools, Hamad Bin Khalifa University and QF’s partner-universities including, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, Northwestern University in Qatar, HEC Paris in Qatar and UCL Qatar.
“Ahmad and his family were invited to visit Qatar Foundation earlier this month in recognition of his creative capabilities that have earned him invitations to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University and more recently, the White House, where he met US President Obama at the White House Astronomy Night,” the statement said.
“QF values its multiculturalism, diversity and non-discriminatory atmosphere, and is happy to welcome Ahmad to the Young Innovators Program. QF is glad to welcome the family to Doha and provide Ahmad with the opportunity to develop his skills and excel in future endeavours,” QF said.
After accepting Qatar Foundation’s scholarship, Ahmed said he was “really impressed with everything that Qatar Foundation has to offer and the campuses are really cool.” “I got to meet other kids who are also really interested in science and technology. I think I will learn a lot and also have lots of fun there,” he said,
QF is establishing a tradition to motivate young talents to flourish after studying through QF’s education cycle.
Palestinian Iqbal Al Assaad became the youngest ever medical graduate from Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar in 2013, and Sudanese Mursi Khalid Mursi Saleh began studying at Qatar Academy in 2006 and is the first child from the Middle East to become a member of Mensa – the most prestigious IQ society in the world.
Another young innovator is Raji Al Hammori who studied at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar and is currently pursuing graduate studies at MIT, QF said.