UCQ receives 123 new students as interest in nursing increases

September 02, 2013 - 2:49:45 am

UCQ Dean and CEO, Dr Kim Critchley, addressing the new students.

DOHA: The interest in pursuing career in nursing has increased among students in Qatar and the University of Calgary-Qatar has received 123 new students this week. 

The student population at UCQ has increased by 25 percent this year. Seventy-four of the 400 students are Qatari. Among the new students, 23 are male.

“Your journey to becoming part of the future of nursing in Qatar begins here,” said UCQ Dean and CEO, Dr Kim Critchley in her welcome address at UCQ101.

“The degree you will earn is a bachelor of nursing from the University of Calgary in Canada. This is the gold standard of nursing degrees.” 

The growth in enrolment is clear indication of the high esteem in which the profession is coming to be regarded in Qatar. 

The need for locally educated professional nurses is highlighted in the National Healthcare Strategy and supported in Nursing Strategy 2013-2015 of Hamad Medical Corporation.

As best education is needed to produce the best nurses for Qatar, the campus of an established Canadian university with more than 155,000 alumni and an international reputation, the UCQ’s sole mission is to enrich Qatar’s health and wellness through educating nurses. 

UCQ’s new nursing students join the hundreds being educated for careers as nurses and nursing leaders in Qatar.

The Peninsula