*83 scholars recognised for their outstanding talents, achievements
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani patronised the13th Education Excellence Day award ceremony 2020 held at the Doha Sheraton on Tuesday under the theme "Excellence Builds Generations".
The ceremony was attended by HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani, a number of Sheikhs and ministers, a number of heads of the diplomatic missions accredited to the state, senior officials in the education, higher education and research sector and parents of the outstanding students.
His Highness the Amir honoured the 83 winners of the Education Excellence Award, who are Master and Doctorate degree holders, university and high school graduates and outstanding primary and preparatory education students, in addition to winners in the categories of outstanding teacher and school and scientific research.
A film about the 2020 award and the winners in various categories and their future aspirations to serve their country was screened during the ceremony.
The ceremony also included a speech by HE the Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Mohamed bin Abdul Wahed al -Hammadi, and another speech delivered by Mohamed al-Hosani, award winner in the category of Master's degree, on behalf of the honoured.
His Highness the Amir met with winners of the Education Excellence Award 2020 on the sidelines of the ceremony.
During the meeting, the Amir conversed with the winners, praising their performance and achievements. His Highness the Amir also stressed the importance of the post-education stage that requires everyone to work together and make efforts to increase production and contribute to the development process in Qatar. His Highness Sheikh Tamim noted the need to continue achievements in order to serve the country.
For their part, the winners expressed great thanks and gratitude to His Highness the Amir for the opportunity to meet him and for honouring them, stressing their keenness to go ahead and continue with efforts to serve the state and the society.
The meeting was attended by HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister.
Addressing the award ceremony, HE the Education Minister expressed his thanks and gratitude for His Highness the Amir's patronisation of the ceremony.
He hailed the important role and sincere efforts of the late former Minister of Education and Higher Education Sheikha Ahmed al- Mahmoud, who contributed to the development of education in Qatar and was one of the founders of the Education Excellence Award.
HE the Minister indicated that this edition of the award has witnessed a qualitative development in terms of the nature of participation and the honoured persons. While about 300 students and educational institutions competed for this award, 83 met the criteria for excellence.
He added that this year has witnessed the participation of a greater number of military educational institutions, such as the Police College and the Al Zaeem Air College, in addition to the Ahmed Bin Mohammed Military College which participated in the past.
In a statement issued by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education on the occasion of the award ceremony, Assistant Undersecretary for Educational Affairs at the ministry Fawzia al- Khater said celebrating the Education Excellence Award and honouring the meritorious students embodies the commitment of Qatar to developing the capacities of its sons, and its keenness on unlocking their potentials, encouraging individuals to scientific research and prompting institutions to develop their performance.
Al-Khater said celebrating the Education Excellence Day also contributes to spreading the spirit of innovation and competition among researchers and directing individual and institutional energies towards excellence and moving towards the creation of knowledge locally and globally.
She underlined that the Ministry of Education and Higher Education spared no efforts in providing all support and assistance to sponsor researchers and offer all opportunities for their advancement, stemming from its belief that human development is the real wealth.
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