PITTSBURGH, Aug. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- On the first day of classes, new Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) President Subra Suresh released a video message to students, faculty, staff and alumni around the world.
The video extends a special welcome to those who, like Suresh and his family, are new to the university community.
Suresh met with first-year students and parents last week as part of CMU's orientation program in Pittsburgh. In his address to students and parents, the president emphasized the university's ability to provide an exceptional education for students and a supportive environment for new ideas.
"If you look at all the grand challenges that face the world today, they are not only technology challenges, but also human challenges. CMU is uniquely positioned to bridge that gulf between technology on the one hand and humanity on the other, to solve these problems," Suresh said.
CMU's weeklong orientation experience is designed to acclimate students to academic and residential life at the university, as well as to engage students in learning about the Pittsburgh region.
Approximately 1,430 students make up this year's first-year class in Pittsburgh, and about 100 students are part of the incoming class at CMU's campus in Doha, Qatar.
About Carnegie Mellon University: Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university's seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon has campuses in Pittsburgh, Pa., California's Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico. The university recently completed "Inspire Innovation: The Campaign for Carnegie Mellon University," exceeding its $1 billion goal to build its endowment, support faculty, students and innovative research, and enhance the physical campus with equipment and facility improvements. The campaign closed June 30, 2013.
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