Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts), located in Richmond, Virginia, is comprised of sixteen programs and more than 3,000 students. It began as one night class taught by Theresa Pollak in the fall of 1928. VCUarts graduates have made an impact on nearly every area of the arts and design in America. They have been awarded Guggenheim Fellowships, MacArthur “Genius” Awards (3 in just the last 5 years), Academy Awards, Joan Mitchell Awards in the Visual Arts, Pollock-Krasner Awards and many more. VCUarts is once again ranked the #1 public university school of arts and design in the country by U.S. News & World Report (2012). VCUarts has the highest ranking ever achieved by a public university school of arts and design and is the only public university to consistently rise in the rankings.

VCUQatar is the Qatar campus of the prestigious Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia. Established in 1998, VCUQatar offers students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in fashion design, graphic design, interior design and painting & printmaking, a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in design studies. The university is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design, The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

VCUQatar has substantial involvement with the emerging design industries in Qatar and has established itself as a center of excellence for education and research in art and design.

Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, is an emerging research university building upon unique collaborations with local and international partners. Located within Education City in Doha, Qatar, HBKU seeks to provide unparalleled opportunities for scholarship, teaching, discovery, and learning for all of its students through an array of interdisciplinary programs.

HBKU’s partners are Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar, Northwestern University in Qatar, HEC Paris in Qatar, and University College London Qatar.

The Qatar Foundation was established in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, as a vehicle to convert the country’s current, but temporary, mineral wealth into durable human capital. It is achieving this goal through a network of centers and partnerships that are dedicated to excellence in their respective specializations and that are growing together into a powerful force for social change. Central to this mission is a determination to defend and develop Qatar’s unique heritage and culture. Through its threefold mission of education, scientific research and community development, it is helping build a sustainable society where the sharing and creation of knowledge will enhance quality of life for all. The Qatar Foundation’s flagship project is Education City, a 1,000-hectare campus on the edge of Doha where most of its member institutions are located. The Foundation is chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, wife of the Emir.