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"Year-long VCUQ festivities to mark 10th anniversary." Gulf Times (21 January 2008).
As best VCUQ fashion design student, winning student Silina Farooqui was given the opportunity to display her collection in the stunning Ewow Suite at W Doha Hotel & Residences, with many new pieces of garments exclusively designed for W Doha.
VCUQ senior recruitment officer Dima Salameh said that this year's theme is Better Living through Better Design.
Valerie Jeremijenko, assistant dean of student affairs at VCUQ, explained that for the first time in the contestAEs five year history, four semifinalists instead of the usual three were chosen from Oman as the quality of entries was high.
Over 100 students in 13 countries sent in their artistic pieces on the theme 'What Success Means To You' for the chance to be entered into the second phase of the contest to compete for two full four year scholarships provided by H H Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al Missned, the chairperson of the Qatar Foundation, to attend VCUQ.
While the Georgetown School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Qatar) and Faculty of Islamic Studies (FIS) will graduate their first students this year, the joint convocation will celebrate the second graduating classes from the Education City university campuses of Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC-Q), Texas A&M University (TAMUQ) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU-Q), as well as the eighth graduating class from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCUQ).
New partnerships with Discover America Week, Tajmeel (Qatar International Beauty Academy) and Istituto di Moda Burgo Qatar (Fashion and Arts Academy), along with previously forged partnerships with Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUQ) and Qatar Business Incubation Center (QBIC), provided visitors with expertise in everything from fashion marketing to finance, to how to get a fashion business off the ground.
The session was led by Dilek Hanif as well as Sandra Wilkins, head of fashion at Virginia Commonwealth University-Qatar (VCUQ) and Fahad Al Obaidly, Qatari designer and artist.
Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUQ) and Qatar Business Incubation Center (QBIC) also continue their partnership with Heya to provide valuable insights for visitors in everything from fashion marketing to finance, and how to get a fashion business off the ground via daily workshops, forums and talks.
Nayla Ahmad, the brain behind Stitch Creative Studio said that the studio lays emphasis on education, research and crafting new designs."Since opening the studio, the Stitch team has employed two graduates from VCUQ. The studio's primary aim is to put the Made in Qatar label on high-quality fashion products," she explained.
Al-Hajri said QSTec's initiative has expanded from primary and high school to universities, with Texas A&M and VCUQ participating in Shams Generation's university Level 3 programme.
And, in the last weekend of the festival, Shop Qatar collaborated with Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar (VCUQ) to hold an exclusive Trunk Show at DHFC which saw nine students, alumni and faculty showcasing their latest ready-to-wear creations, abayas and accessories.
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