Students from Texas A&M University at Qatar banded together to raise money for their fellow Aggie students affected by Hurricane Harvey with a Texas Tough Together festival on Wednesday, Sept. 20, in the Texas A&M Engineering Building in Education City in Doha, Qatar.
“Selfless service is one of the core values instilled in every student of Texas A&M, whether at the main campus or here at our branch campus in Doha,” said Texas A&M at Qatar Dean César O. Malavé. “Though we are separated from our Aggie family by distance, we are united in our shared spirit of giving back and helping those who are in need. I’m proud of our Aggies for their generosity and selfless service, and for truly embodying the core values that unite all Texas Aggies.”
The Qatari Students Association (QSA) and Al-Sanna student organizations organized the fundraiser that featured food, T-shirt, mug and juice sales as well as games to benefit victims of the hurricane. Donations were collected throughout the event.
Approximately 45 percent of the student body on the main campus of Texas A&M University — or more than 31,000 students — come from one of the counties affected by Hurricane Harvey, with “many students arriving for classes with literally just the clothes on their backs after wading through waist-deep water in their hometowns,” according to an email sent by Texas A&M President Michael K. Young to the university community.
QSA Vice President Najla Badar said she knows several students from main campus who are studying in Doha for the semester whose families were affected by the hurricane.
“It’s our duty to help our fellow Aggies,” Badar said. “We are Aggies, and we help other Aggies. I have friends who are in College Station at the main campus, and I know they would do their best to help us here in Qatar if we needed it.”
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About Texas A&M University at Qatar
Since 2003, Texas A&M University has offered undergraduate degrees in chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and petroleum engineering in Qatar Foundation’s Education City, and graduate degrees in chemical engineering since fall 2011. Texas A&M at Qatar has awarded nearly 850 degrees. All four undergraduate engineering degree programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Faculty from around the world are attracted to Texas A&M at Qatar to educate the next generation of engineering leaders in Qatar and to conduct research amounting to more than $236.4 million that addresses issues important to the State of Qatar. Visit www.qatar.tamu.edu.