December 9, 2003 - Issue: Vol. 149, No. 176 — Daily Edition108th Congress (2003 - 2004) - 1st Session
CELEBRATION OF THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE BUILDING OF WEILL CORNELL MEDICAL COLLEGE IN QATAR
(Extensions of Remarks - December 09, 2003)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E2492] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] CELEBRATION OF THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE BUILDING OF WEILL CORNELL MEDICAL COLLEGE IN QATAR ______ HON. CAROLYN B. MALONEY of new york in the house of representatives Monday, December 8, 2003 Mrs. MALONEY. Mr. Speaker, on October 12, 2003, Weill Cornell Medical College and the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development embarked on an historical venture that brings the best of American medical education to the Middle East. I was privileged to participate in this extraordinary event along with Qatar Foundation Leadership: Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Nasser al-Misnad; Saif Ali Al- Hajari, Vice Chairperson; H.E. Yousef Hussein Kamal, Member Board of Directors; H.E. Hajar Ahmed Hajar, Member, Board of Directors; Sheikha bint Abdullah Al-Misnad, Member, Board of Directors; Mohammed Fathy Saoud, Member, Board of Directors; and, Cornell University Leadership: Peter C. Meinig, Chairman, Board of Trustees; Sanford I. Weill, Chairman, Board of Overseers Weill Cornell Medical College; Jeffrey S. Lehman, President; Antonio M. Gotto, Jr., Provost for Medical Affairs and Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean, Weill Cornell Medical College; Daniel R. Alonso, Dean, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. Together with these esteemed colleagues, we marked the opening of a model institution that I hope will be replicated throughout the region. I first visited Doha, Qatar in 1999 for the historic municipal elections where women were first granted the right to vote. At that time, I met with Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Nasser al-Misnad who requested help in bringing a U.S. medical school to Qatar. I did not have to look far to find an extraordinary medical institution that is located in my Congressional district. As a result, I took a small part in working to forge the relationship between Her Highness and Dean Gotto, Provost for Medical Affairs at Cornell University. Just a few short weeks ago, the Qatar branch of the Weill Cornell Medical College celebrated its inauguration. In a very short period of time, Doha has been transformed into an academic hub of the Middle East and has become a strategic ally of the United States. Under the leadership of Her Highness, Qatar has made significant advancements in education, medicine, and science with the opening of the Education City. I strongly believe that the opening of WCMC-Q marks the beginning of an important exchange between the West and the East . . . at a time when the value of mutual understanding is at a premium. Qatar offers a superb environment and facilities for both teaching and studying, backed by an outstanding technological center. It has been an honor to be involved in the development of the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, and I look forward to marking the evolution of the entire Education City. Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar is a pioneer in medical education as well as in diplomatic exchange. The College offers a complete medical education, leading to a Cornell University Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree, with teaching by Cornell faculty. It is the first American university to offer its M.D. degree overseas, and the first higher education institution in Qatar to be coeducational; women made up 70 percent of the inaugural class for the Pre-medical Program. These points are very important. Prospective students are subject to the same entrance requirements as in the United States and are awarded the same degree as students in the U.S. While WCMC-Q teaches in a coeducational forum, the students and faculty are learning together about cultural differences that only serve to enhance the learning environment. WCMC-Q aims to further the University's commitment of education, research, patient care and the advancement of the art and science of medicine while supporting the work of the Qatar Foundation in serving the community. WCMC-Q trains the physicians of the future and will research medical problems of concern in the region. His Highness the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Nasser al-Misnad have made an ambitious and visionary investment in their people and their economy by creating the Education City. Recognizing that development and advancement will only come with an upgrade to the educational system, they have succeeded in fostering the interaction of various disciplines, cultures, and ideas through the Education City. The Qatar Foundation logo, the Sidra tree, represents nourishment for these ideals and serves as a reminder that Qatar is forging the way for democracy, freedom, and human rights in the region. I feel privileged to have participated in this revolutionary event and I would like to reiterate my praise for both the Qatar Foundation and for Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. You have built a bridge that will have a far-reaching impact into the future and will serve as a model of achievement for many to follow. ____________________