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His Highness The Emir honors QU male graduating Class of 2017 | Qatar University

His Highness The Emir honors QU male graduating Class of 2017

2017-10-12 00:00:00.0

His Highness The Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani was the Guest of Honor at QU male student graduation Class of 2017 which was held on October 10 at Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC). This is the 40th and the largest batch of students to graduate from QU.

This year, 775 male students graduated, among whom 79 highest-achieving students of GPA 3.50 and higher were honored by His Highness The Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. Highest scorer with GPA 4.00 was computer engineering student Naram Sultan Mhaisen.

Attendees included QU President Dr Hassan Al Derham, members of QU leadership, deans, parents and well-wishers. The Master of Ceremony was QU College of Business and Economics student Mohamed Yusuf Al Muftah.

In his congratulatory remarks, Dr Hassan Al Derham said: “As we celebrate the graduation of this distinguished batch of students, our country is witnessing an obvious challenge -- "the unfair and illegal blockade imposed on Qatar". Qatar’s reaction to the blockade revealed the country’s wise governance that comes from its "deep and strategic national vision", under the leadership of His Highness The Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

As Qatar’s leading national university of higher education, Qatar University is committed to play an effective role during this phase and assumed over the past period a part of its national duty and responsibility. In this context, the University accommodated the Qatari students who were expelled from their universities at the blockading countries, and did not take any action against the students from the siege countries. They were able to continue their education as normal. The University also contributed to facing the blockade and its effects by providing in collaboration with many local institutions effective studies that addressed the illegal blockade imposed on Qatar, and throughout many seminars, workshops and panel discussions that engaged academics and experts from all over the world. Additionally, the University provided its students with cultural opportunities to increase their awareness on the blockade and its impact from a legal, political, economic and social perspective.”

Dr Hassan Al Derham noted that Qatar University’s Strategic Plan 2018-2022 will contribute to the quality transformation of the University. He also noted that the institution’s new vision has been established based on an in-depth and comprehensive analysis of the strategic context, which included the verification of national needs and the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030, as well as the contemporary global developments in the field of education, technology and entrepreneurship.

He added: “The new strategic plan identified six goals which include the development and the empowerment of the transition process within the higher education system in Qatar; to be recognized as a provider of student-centered, practical, research-based, competency-based and technology-based learning in support of entrepreneurship; the preparation of graduates with an integrated personality and with the values that would maximize their impact and effective role; to excel in relevant and measurable research that provides solutions and drives forward knowledge and innovation; to be recognized as a sustainable institution and a reference of excellence in line with the highest standards of professionalism and discipline; and to create effective partnerships with local and international stakeholders to enrich education, promote research, and stimulate socio-economic development.

Dear graduates, today you will embark on your professional journey equipped with the knowledge, skills and expertise. We encourage you to build on your talents and experience towards continued success and accomplishment as you proceed into new endeavors. From today, you will assume your role in building the country’s future. This remarkable achievement could not be accomplished without the perseverance and determination of your professors who contributed to heightening your skills and to unlocking your potential. I would like to take this opportunity to extend my appreciation and gratitude for their sincere efforts and dedication.”       

Valedictorian Abdulla Methker Al Hajri from the College of Arts and Sciences congratulated his colleagues saying: “On your behalf, I thank Qatar University who gave us high-quality education and the opportunities to excel and unlock our potential, our parents for their continuous support and sacrifice, and our professors for their guidance and contribution in developing our academic and professional abilities and capacities. Today, we embark on a new phase in our life and prepare to join the labor market and be the next generation of future leaders who will contribute to building the country.”