Community College of Qatar (CCQ) yesterday celebrated the graduation of its eighth batch of associate and bachelor degree awardees, under the patronage of HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani. The Class of 2019 is the college’s largest batch to date, with a total of 890 graduates, 305 of whom are male and 585 female.
Public Administration degree holders constituted 40% of the batch’s aspiring professionals, while students graduating from the Associate of Arts programme represented 39% of the class, CCQ said in a statement.
The ceremony at Qatar National Convention Centre witnessed the graduation of Qatar’s first batch of students holding a college degree in Cyber Security and in Logistics Management, who are set to help power the nation’s critical IT and logistics infrastructures.
Another inaugural batch at the ceremony was the first graduating class from the Associate of Science in Engineering Technology programme, many of whom are expected to pursue technically-oriented careers, or continue their educational journey through the college’s Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Technology programmes.
The ceremony was attended by HE the Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Mohamed Abdul Wahed al-Hammadi, HE the Minister of State Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kuwari, HE the Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs Yousef bin Mohamed al-Othman Fakhro, Planning and Statistics Authority president HE Dr Saleh Mohamed Salem al-Nabit, the CCQ board of trustees and CCQ president Dr Mohamed al-Naemi, vice-president Dr Khalid al-Abdulqader, college dean Dr Abdallah Hazaimeh and the graduates’ parents, among other guests and dignitaries.
Congratulating the graduates, Dr al-Naemi said CCQ “is thrilled to witness the culmination of student’s exciting educational journeys as they prepare to explore many influential careers on their path to become tomorrow’s responsible leaders”.
“The unique approach by CCQ has successfully helped the college constantly improve the quality and outcome of education and ensure students’ success in personal and professional endeavours once they join the workforce. With that in mind, I would like to express my heartfelt congratulations to each and every one of our graduates, and wish them the best in every dream they aspire to realise,” he added.
Dr al-Abdulqader noted, “CCQ is preparing to conduct an intensive study on introducing a hybrid-learning model that combines ‘online activities’ with traditional on-campus instruction for some of its existing, as well as upcoming, academic programmes. “Our English Language Centre, which provides an essential component of our foundation programme, is in the advanced stages of preparation for international accreditation. For the first time, we are also actively pursuing a number of strategic partnerships with leading institutions in the Arab world to grow our academic offerings.”
Further, CCQ will utilise the Al Khor campus to offer 20% of its core courses in Fall 2019, in addition to delivering specialised training in various economic and industrial sectors, in collaboration with a number of national and international institutions. Also, a partnership is being prepared with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and Qatar University (QU), which will empower graduates to earn a bachelor’s degree in the Early Childhood Education and Business Administration domains from QU.
Dr Hazaimeh added, “CCQ further enhanced its operations across all areas throughout the two previous academic years. One of the most important developments was the college’s adoption of a three-measure integrated approach to optimise course offerings schedule and open more paths for students to meet their personal learning goals, while further enhancing overall functioning on an academic level. During a two-semester test phase of the new approach, we were able to successfully shrink our student waiting list by nearly 89%.”
Speaking on behalf of his fellow graduates, Associate of Applied Science in Customs Management graduate Hassan Hammoud al-Matari highlighted the promising prospects ahead for this year’s graduating students.
Sara al-Maraghi, BSc in Cybersecurity graduate, said in addition to an exciting learning experience, the college has helped her develop her calibre as a professional and hone her skills in “a unique, yet vital domain that is crucial in furthering the progress of our beloved country”.
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