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Qatar University’s Class of 2015 includes first homegrown PhDs

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All photos courtesy of Qatar University

More than 1,400 students from Qatar University celebrated their graduation in two separate ceremonies held over two days at the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC).

Deputy Emir at QU Graduation 2015
Deputy Emir at QU Graduation 2015

The Deputy Emir and Chairman of QU’s Board of Regents Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Thani was the main guest of honor for the male students’ ceremony on May 20, while the women’s event on May 21 was honored by Sheikha Jawaher bint Hamad bin Suhaim Al -Thani, wife of the Emir.

Women comprise the majority of students at Qatar University, and a total of 1,041 received their degrees from QU President, Prof. Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad.

Meanwhile, 381 male graduates were awarded degrees in the presence of the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, as well as other government ministers.

This year’s ceremonies were among the university’s largest in recent years, with 153 more graduates than last year. In 2013, 1,071 QU students were conferred degrees.

The Class of 2015 included 169 top-achieving students (136 women and 33 men) with a GPA of 3.50 or above, which equates to an A- grade.

Qatar’s first PhD

This week, Qatar also the graduation of its first homegrown PhD students, from the College of Engineering, the college’s dean announced on Twitter:

Maan Mohammed Jalal Haj Rashid received his PhD from the college’s department of Computer Science and Engineering, while on Thursday Alaa Ghassan Aboutaqa was awarded her degree certificate from the department of Civil Engineering.

“This is a milestone for the college that has grown by leaps and bounds since its establishment and which is now one of the best in the region,” Dr. Alammari said in a statement.

A total of 1,243 Bachelors certificates (924 women and 300 men) were awarded across the two ceremonies, with the majority (414) from the university’s largest college, the College of Arts and Sciences, which also has the most number of female undergraduate students (368).

The College of Engineering had the largest number of male graduates with bachelor’s degrees (124).

At the graduate level, there were 199 students awarded – 185 with Master’s, 11 as Doctors of Pharmacy and one education diploma, in addition to the two PhDs.

Well wishes

Messages of congratulations to the graduating students buzzed through Twitter, under the hashtag #QUGrad15:

https://twitter.com/kkot91/status/601263003476996096

Valedictorian Ahmed Al-Faridooni
Valedictorian Ahmed Al-Faridooni

Valedictorian Ahmed Al-Faridooni from the College of Law spoke for his peers, saying: “We’ve waited for this moment since we were school students, and today we are starting a new phase in our lives.

“We overcame a lot of challenges to realize this successful chapter and we thank Qatar University who gave us high-quality education and the opportunities to excel and unlock our potential, our parents for their continuous support and sacrifice, and our professors for their guidance and contribution in developing our academic and professional abilities and capacities.”

Congratulating the latest batch of graduates, Prof Al-Misnad said:

“We are proud of you for achieving this milestone of a lifetime which highlights your hard work, commitment and dedication. You will embark on a new and exciting phase of your life as you prepare to join the labor market and pursue other endeavors…”

She also highlighted the important role of women in society, as “leaders in the world of business and other professional sectors,” and said the university would support them to overcome challenges, societal restrictions and cultural barriers to enable them to succeed.

Congrats, grads! Thoughts?

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Paul
Paul
5 years ago

An article about Education in Qatar?? OMG the comments are unpredictable.

al-Lalal
al-Lalal
5 years ago

it will be interesting to follow up with the female Qatari graduates of, say, two years ago and find out how many of them have got jobs in their area of specialization.

AnonymousExpat
AnonymousExpat
5 years ago

Congratulations to the graduates, and particularly the new PhDs. Great to see Qatar investing in education and reaching this important milestone.

SullyofDoha
SullyofDoha
5 years ago

I can only guess at the rigour to obtain a PhD in Qatar.

al-Lalal
al-Lalal
5 years ago
Reply to  SullyofDoha

QU is one of the top 10 universities in Qatar, top 1,000 in the Arab world and top 10,000 overall 🙂

Simon
Simon
5 years ago
Reply to  al-Lalal

Sounds top notch.

Mohamed
Mohamed
5 years ago
Reply to  Simon

Why so much hate?

desertCard
desertCard
5 years ago
Reply to  al-Lalal

Top 10 in Qatar? LOL, not sure there’s more than 10.

The Reporter
The Reporter
5 years ago

I’m taking it at face value and saying congrats to all the Phd Engineers (particularly women) because we need many more of you in what is a worldwide dwindling pool.

Eman
Eman
5 years ago
Reply to  The Reporter

Your sexist.

The Reporter
The Reporter
5 years ago
Reply to  Eman

Should be “you’re sexist”. If it’s sexist to say that there is an enormous wealth of female talent in the world that is untapped due to cultural circumstances then I plead guilty

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