Posted on October 23, 2016

Mohammed Nurul Hoque, who received the highest mark in the world in the IGCSE math exam, has joined the Computer Science program at CMU-Q as a freshman. Nurul Hoque also earned the highest A-level math result in Qatar, and perfect scores on his SAT subject exams.

“We are thrilled that such an accomplished young mathematician has joined Carnegie Mellon Qatar. Mohammed has a bright future in computer science,” said Ilker Baybars, dean and CEO of CMU-Q. IGCSE is the International General Certificate of Secondary Education, and is the world’s most popular qualification for secondary school students. The standardized exit exam is taken by an estimated 250,000 students each year in 140 countries around the world.

A Bangladeshi national, Nurul Hoque was born and raised in Qatar and graduated from Tariq Bin Ziyad Secondary School. He participated in the inaugural Pi Day Mathematics Competition held at CMU-Q last spring, with his team placing second out of 250 participants. In July, Nurul Hoque earned an Honorable Mention at the 47th International Physics Competition in Zurich, Switzerland, a competition which hosted 400 secondary school students from 86 delegations. As he considered universities, Nurul Hoque looked to Education City, which has strong programs in the scientific disciplines. He considered different fields in engineering, but ultimately decided on computer science at Carnegie Mellon. “I chose to study at CMU-Q because computer science is all about math. It’s a very diverse field, I am still learning about it,” he remarked.

Nurul Hoque is part of the Class of 2020, which is comprised of 100 students from 23 nations. Carnegie Mellon Qatar offers five undergraduate degree programs in business administration, biological sciences, computer science, computational biology and information systems. Applications are now being accepted for August 2017 admission.