The AlFaisal-Carnegie Mellon Innovation Entrepreneurship Centre is incubating its first project: Metis, an application that helps university students plan their courses so they will be in the best career position when they graduate.

Metis is the creation of a team of Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q) alumni Sabih bin Wasi, Rukhsar Neyaz Khan and Jiyda Moussa. The team describes Metis as a tool for students to tailor their education according to career goals and interests.

One of the salient features of Metis is that a second interface allows advisers to view the students’ plans and provide input, and a third allows the university administration to input updated information on courses and class schedules.

Metis is the first project for the AlFaisal-Carnegie Mellon Innovation Entrepreneurship Centre, a collaborative initiative with a mission to foster an entrepreneurial environment in Education City.

The centre was launched in the fall of 2015 by HE Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim al-Thani, chairman of AlFaisal Without Borders Foundation, and Ilker Baybars, dean and CEO of Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, to promote innovation entrepreneurship through education, programmes, and an incubation process that provides resources and mentorship.

“AlFaisal Without Borders Foundation is firm in its commitment of being a leading global humanitarian organisation focused on achieving sustainable development,” said Sheikh Faisal. “To do so, we shall continue to support innovative ideas that nurture better opportunities for professional success amongst the future leaders of our society.”

The idea for Metis first came to Sabih bin Wasi in his first year at CMU-Q. “I have a passion to change things that affect me, and I saw how course selection can have a huge impact on where you end up when you graduate,” he said. During his time at CMU-Q, he gathered a multi-disciplinary team to develop the project.

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