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Qatar University graduates its distinguished female students as part of the 42nd batch of students | Qatar University

Qatar University graduates its distinguished female students as part of the 42nd batch of students

Aisha Al-Mulla, representing the Class of 2019, delivers an opening speech at the event.

Under the patronage and presence of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Hamad bin Suhaim Al-Thani, wife of His Highness the Emir

Under the patronage and presence of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Hamad bin Suhaim Al-Thani, wife of His Highness the Emir, Qatar University (QU) organized the graduation ceremony of its 42nd batch of distinguished female students at the QU Sports and Events Complex, yesterday on Tuesday, 8 October 2019, with over 400 female students receiving outstanding standing.

In his speech on this occasion, President of QU Dr. Hassan bin Rashid Al-Derham said, “It is our right —as we celebrate the 42nd batch of graduates of female Qatar University students — to say, we are not only celebrating our daughters the graduates. Rather, we celebrate and take pride in the recognition, honor and pride extended to half of society by our blessed nation and faithful Qatari society. Our Qatari society has not forgotten the mother that raises, the sister that struggles and labors, the daughter that aspires to see a prosperous future.”

He added, “Our celebration today, is in recognition that women have a stake, any stake, in our beloved country. This is a declaration that our society is determined to invest in the human before currency, and in substance before pretense. The women is, just the same as a man, completely. Women are the nation’s capital, the beating heart, and cherished by us and by our model leadership, the Emir of Qatar and the Qatari government. For this, distinguished guests, allow me to say, we are proud of what this university has offered, and what it continues to offer. Since the university’s founding over four decades ago, and till today, it has been a leading force in the contribution of knowledge and expertise and in the push to advance and develop our nation Qatar.”

“What warms our hearts, and brings us optimism, is what we are witnessing today, the pioneering intellectual Qatari women as she emerges from the university steps, armed with knowledge, generosity, righteousness and loyalty to her country. You allow this nation to stand tall and give it hope.”

Dr. Hassan Al-Derham continued, “Qatar University has achieved a great number of achievements and found itself among the world’s most elite universities. In recent years, by the grace of Allah (SWT), then by the continued support of our government, and guidance from our Board of Regents, we continuously place in the top universities worldwide. The university placed 276 in QS Quacquarelli Symonds Global Rankings and 408 in the Times Higher Education Rankings World University Rankings.”

“In the context of excellence, a great number of University colleges have received accreditation for their programs from the most prestigious international bodies, which is further evidence of Qatar University’s academic advancement.” 

This year saw the establishment of the College of Dental Medicine, which will join the health cluster in QU called QU Health. Dr. Hassan Al-Derham expressed his hope that this sector will be a great support to the health care services that Qatar offers its citizens and residents.

Dr. Hassan Al-Derham then addressed the graduating students, Class of 2019, by advising them, “Education is a path we walk on, not a goal we reach. Every stage of learning that we face is in fact a station, from a number of stations in life that do not end. Nevertheless, education alone does not make a renaissance, currency does not make a renaissance, rather what makes a renaissance is the mind that believes and has faith in its ability. All the elements of progress can be present, as varied and abundant as they may be, and not create a renaissance unless the mind invests in his nation.”

He adds, “Qatar University is not merely a passing stage in your respective journeys, but rather, it is a starting point and a reference for knowledge. The university’s professors and researchers in all subjects are here to serve you, whenever you seek to learn and educate yourselves.”

Noor Al-Mashhadany, a graduate from the distinguished female students Class of 2019, acted as master of ceremony on behalf of her class and said, “It is a great honor to be here today, together, as we celebrate the graduation of a number of distinguished graduates from various colleges. We have complete faith in today’s graduates that they are able to develop in all fields and able to see through the Qatar National Vision 2030. We believe, eternally, in the words of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Emir of Qatar, when he said, ‘Man is the most important building block of our nation and the greatest investment. Qatar invested in you.’”

On behalf of the Class of 2019, female distinguished graduates, graduate Aisha Khalid Al-Mulla delivered a speech in which she said, “Education is, and will continue to be, the foundation on which societies and nations are built. Education is the vessel in which to build a distinct society with a distinct mind and it is a weapon against corruption. This is what led our leadership to focus on education and position it as a central pillar in the Qatar National Vision 2030.”

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