From Doha, Qatar to Richmond, Virginia Annual student exchange culminates in fifth annual VCUQatar Day Since 2010, students and faculty from VCUQatar have visited Richmond each year for a week of student leadership training and cultural activities, including tours of the campus, the city of Richmond and Washington, D.C. This group also participates in the organization of VCU’s annual Qatar Day, which typically features henna tattoos, Middle Eastern food, Arabic calligraphy, music, a fashion show—this year featuring the work of Hisham Dawoud, a 2014 fashion graduate of VCUQatar—and the opportunity to dress in traditional Qatari garb and pose for a professional photo. The event, which was held on September 30, 2014 on the Commons Plaza at VCU's Monroe Park Campus, intends to strengthen the relationship between the Qatar and Richmond campuses while providing students and faculty with an opportunity to learn more about each other. Since the focus of the trip is student leadership training, visiting students attended meetings of the VCU Student Government Association, Emerging Leaders, VCU Globe, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the School of the Arts. This year, organizers also tried to build in creative studio time in partnership with VCUarts. Visiting students worked in the letterpress studio and participated in a class at the MoB studio space—a collaborative studio shared by students and faculty from the Fashion, Graphic and Interior Design Departments.
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Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar's annual magazine