DOHA: The Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani graced the men’s graduation ceremony of Qatar University’s (QU) Class of 2014 yesterday at Qatar National Convention Centre.
The Emir honoured 32 outstanding students who achieved a GPA of 3.51 and above.
A total of 280 students graduating with bachelor’s, master’s, and diplomas from six colleges received certificates from QU President Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al Misnad and college deans in the presence of the Prime Minister and Interior Minister
H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Minister of Education and Higher Education H E Mohammed Abdul Wahed Ali Al Hammadi, QU vice-presidents, guests, heads of department, faculty, staff, alumni and students’ relatives.
The graduates comprised 236 bachelors, 40 masters and four diploma holders.
Undergraduate degrees represented 23 arts and sciences (CAS), 82 business and economics (CBE), 82 engineering (CENG), 28 law (LAWC), and 21 Shariah and Islamic Studies (CSIS).
Graduate degrees included one CAS, 12 CBE, six CED, 17 CENG and four CSIS.
Four students received diplomas in education.
Congratulating students on their achievements, Prof Al Misnad pointed to their hard work and determination that resulted in their success which she said was the “beginning of a new phase of their future”.
She traced QU’s history and highlighted its commitment to uplift values of the national vision and nurture generations of future leaders gifted with quality education, strong traditions and enthusiasm.
She praised the Emir’s visionary leadership, saying, “This continues to drive QU’s strategic planning process which is geared to increase our competency and competitiveness towards building a modern Qatar.
“As well as developing our academic quality standards and reputation, the university advances its research plan which supports the national vision and development strategies on environment, ICT, health, social change and identity.
Prof Al Misnad pointed to the Best Research Office Award presented to the Office for Academic Research in the recent NPRP research competition, in which QU garnered the highest number of grants among the awarded institutes.
She also reminded the graduates of their responsibilities to serve their community, participate in national life, have courage to make important life decisions, and the need for accountability in their personal and professional endeavours.
Valedictorian Faisal Hamad Shafia from College of Engineering highlighted the importance of education, saying it is critical for personal development and participating Qatar’s growth and progress.
He encouraged all graduates to continue to strive for excellence in every aspect of their lives.