Qatari students earn prestigious IB diplomas

 01 Sep 2014 - 1:57

Alaa Abdeen receiving the award.

DOHA: ISL Qatar congratulated Qatari students, Alaa Abdeen, Rola Al Hamad and Nayla Al Naimi, who performed extremely well in rigorous International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations. All three are now proud holders of a prestigious IB Diploma, after intensive academic study and strong performance in the examinations. 
These students are looking forward to continuing with higher education studies in Qatar: Nayla will study journalism at Northwestern University Qatar; Rola, who also won an award for her IB Extended Essay, will continue her education at Qatar University on a Qatar Petroleum scholarship, studying Petroleum Engineering; and Alaa, who also gained a place in Qatar University, and won the prestigious ECIS Award for International Understanding. This award honours Alaa as a student who “has a positive attitude towards the life and culture of others, is a contributing force in the life of the school, and has the ability to bring different people together in a sense of community and international understanding.”
Worldwide, more than 135,000 students from 141 countries took IB Diploma exams this year. The IB Diploma Programme is an academically challenging curriculum which prepares students for university success. Recent research shows that IB Diploma students are more successful in gaining places at top universities and perform better than those with other high school graduating qualifications.
Other graduates from ISL Qatar will also continue their studies in Qatar and abroad. Nour Al Mannai and Abdulaziz Al Thani will pursue academic studies at Qatar University. Fahad Al Thani and Jassim Al Thani will attend Westminster College in the UK, Nouh Al Mutawa will attend San Diego Community College in the US and Ghanem Al Naimi, Saoud Al Thani and Tamim Al Kaabi are considering options either in Qatar or overseas.
The ISL Qatar Graduating Class of 2014 consists of students from 18 different nations who speak 12 different mother-tongue languages. Overall in the IB Diploma exams, they achieved a diploma average score of 31.3, well above the world average of 29.81. These results are especially impressive given that only three of the students have English as their first language. 
In line with ISL Qatar’s multi-lingual environment and emphasis on language literacy, 29 percent of students achieved bilingual diplomas. Chris Charleson, Head of ISL Qatar said: “Congratulations to the Class of 2014 graduates as they continue their education at universities throughout the world. We are very proud of these results and of all our graduates. Together they have helped to shape ISL Qatar and made their mark on the development of our school and the broader Qatari community.”