A total of 1,708 female students of Qatar University’s Class of 2016 graduated Thursday at a ceremony graced by HH Sheikha Jawaher bint Hamad bin Suhaim al-Thani.
There were 204 top achieving students of GPA 3.50 and above, with highest scorers Arabic language student Ayesha Siddika Nurul-Hoque (College of Arts & Sciences), economics student Yousra Rahmaha Hussein Emam (College of Business & Economics), and Dawa student Rokaia Alameldin Chalabi (College of Sharia & Islamic Studies) achieving GPA 4.0.
The ceremony also saw the graduation of the first cohorts of several academic programmes -- 16 BA Policy, Planning and Development, 19 BA Psychology and 19 BSc Public Health (College of Arts & Sciences); 10 BBA Economics and 2 BBA Management Information Systems (College of Business & Economics); and 42 B.Ed Secondary Education (College of Education).
QU president Dr Hassan Rashid al-Derham along with members of QU leadership, deans, local dignitaries, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and well-wishers, congratulated the students on their hard work and persistence towards achieving this important goal.
“We are very proud of you, distinguished students, and you have made yourselves very proud in staying the course and emerging confident and ready to achieve even more success,” Dr al-Derham said, further expressing his pride in Qatar University on its long journey of success since its establishment 40 years ago.
He highlighted the importance of the event which he said is testament to the active role of women in Qatari society. “The university is committed to empowering young women with the necessary knowledge and skills enabling them to take their place in the national development process.”
Dr al-Derham went on to discuss the organisation’s achievements during the year which included establishing the Health Education Cluster that merges the college of health sciences, medicine and pharmacy; accreditation achievement for the colleges of education and law; growing positions in international ranking; continued success in the area of research, and more.
“Today, QU is one of the top universities in the region, possessing a vibrant teaching/learning environment, a well-developed academic and research portfolio, and enhanced undergraduate and graduate programs. We have also had a steady increase in students over the years, being the first choice for Qatari students, parents and employers.
Dr al-Derham encouraged the graduates to continue to seek new horizons, develop their talents, and strive for excellence in their undertakings.
“You are our distinguished ambassadors and the next generation of leaders and we look forward to hearing of your continued success.”
Valedictorian Maryam Khalid al-Zahra of College of Law also spoke.
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