IMPAQT-Office of The Dean - Carnegie Mellon University


(Initiating Meaningful Pittsburgh and Qatar Ties)

The Division of Student Affairs is looking for students interested in enhancing our relationship with, and traveling to, our sister campus in Qatar as a member of a newly-formed group called IMPAQT (Initiating Meaningful Pittsburgh and Qatar Ties).

IMPAQT was founded in Fall 2008 as an outgrowth of a Fifth Year Scholar initiative.  During Spring Break 2008, eight CMU-Pittsburgh student leaders travelled to Doha in order to assess how best to cultivate more meaningful relationships between the student bodies in Pittsburgh and our sister campus in the Middle East.  The Qatar campus has grown into a vibrant, active community, and the Division of Student Affairs is committed to advancing the interactions between our two campuses in order to promote cross-cultural understanding, to enhance student organization interactions, and to build strong student connections within the global Carnegie Mellon community.

The purpose of IMPAQT is to develop strategies and initiatives to best leverage the relationship between the two campuses toward enhancing student life and the student experience on both.  IMPAQT's work is year-round, and includes activities which:

  • raise awareness on the CMU-Pittsburgh (CMU-P) about student life on the CMU-Qatar (CMU-Q) campus
  • develop mutually-supportive relationships between CMU-P student clubs and organizations and their counterparts on the CMU-Q campus
  • address issues and concerns common to students on both campuses
  • ensure that regular, sustained communication mechanisms exist between students on the two campusesenhance the experiences of CMU-Q students who visit the CMU-P campus

To position the members of IMPAQT to effectively achieve these goals, the Division of Student Affairs affords the opportunity for up to eight (8) IMPAQT members to visit the CMU-Q campus for the week of Spring Break.  The purpose of the trip is for IMPAQT members to immerse themselves in student life on the CMU-Q campus by: attending classes and activities that occur during their visit; interviewing students, faculty and staff about their personal experiences; meeting with student organizations and their leaders; exploring residential life in Education City; and touring facilities relevant to the student experience in Education City and Doha.

In the months leading up to the site visit, members of the previous year's IMPAQT trip will help orient and transition new IMPAQT members to their roles, engaging them in many of the current and ongoing activities of the group.  Following the site visit, the IMPAQT members will use the information and perspectives gathered during their trip to design and implement additional strategies to advance the aforementioned goals.  Finally, the group will help select and orient the new incoming IMPAQT members.  In all, being a part of IMPAQT involves at least an 18-month commitment (Fall semester of one year through Fall semester of the next).

We will be sending 10 students this spring.

The 2014 application is ready for those interested!


"As the only first-year on the trip, I could not have predicted the lasting changes that the IMPAQT program would have on me. The Pittsburgh students that I traveled with, as well as the students in Doha, continue to shape my Carnegie Mellon experience. They've taught me how to make connections, maintain friendships, and cross cultural boundaries."

Caroline Kessler, H&SS , Class of 2012


Participating in the IMPAQT program has been a fun and rewarding way to learn about and experience a fascinating and rapidly-changing part of the world that is unfamiliar to many people.  It provides an opportunity to make connections with people at the Doha campus and then leverage this into raising awareness of CMU and Qatar back in Pittsburgh.  My hope is that the continued and sustained efforts of this group will help students on both campuses to interact, collaborate, and learn from each other.

Jennifer Marlow, graduate student