Six Qatar University (QU) women students from various colleges and majors recently participated in educational and cultural visit to the US. The week-long trip to Peace College in North Carolina, part of the annual student exchange programme between the two institutions, expanded the students’ educational and cultural horizons, QU said. The students participated in events that included classes and workshops, tours to museums and art studios, theatre productions and entertainment activities. Anfal Yahya Al Zadjali, Fatima Abdulrahman Al Taweel, Jihad Aitelqadi, Amal Khalifa Al Abaidli, Dareen Al Alami and Gada Tayseer Abou Amounah were the six students who were part of the sixth exchange visit, organized recently by QU Student Exchange Programme. The group toured the campus had a luncheon meeting with the College President Dr Debra Townsley besides visits to the Raleigh Downtown Museum and the North Carolina History Museum. During the week, accompanied by their chaperones and Peace buddies, the students also participated in tours to the NC State College Textile School, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, and Artspace Studio, and took in stage performances by the Peace Singers, a production of ‘Bus Stop’ by the Raleigh Little Theatre, and a rehearsal by the NC Symphony. The six girls also joined their Peace College counterparts at a lecture in Biological Anthropology, a poetry workshop, and a culinary class at Wake Technical Community College. As part of the cultural program, the students gave a presentation on Qatar to orient their audience on life in Qatar, its history, culture and heritage as well as its development and progress. The Student Exchange Programme creates opportunities for students to share experiences with their counterparts abroad, to communicate their differences and similarities in their culture and life, and to learn to understand and appreciate others’ ideas, traditions and customs, QU said. The programme was bestowed the International Education 2012 Best Practice Award at the 2012 NASPA International Symposium for its exchange program with Peace College.