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His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar attends this year’s QU graduation as it celebrates its 42nd batch of students | Qatar University

His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar attends this year’s QU graduation as it celebrates its 42nd batch of students

2019-10-08 00:00:00.0

Dr. Hassan Al-Derham: Our beloved nation is witnessing a renaissance of sorts that has manifested itself in all fields
• During the past few years, the University has achieved —through continued support from the Board of Regents— an advanced role in international university rankings
• The University provides academic programs that follow high international standards in the undergraduate and postgraduate level
• The University focuses on the production of knowledge as well as international research that distinguishes itself through its impact on ground and addresses the needs of the Qatari community
• Qatar University is a house of expertise that provides various state institutions with academic advice, contributing to public policy
• Qatar University takes it upon itself, to be a force against challenges, and protective of its responsibility towards Qatar

His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, attended yesterday Qatar University’s (QU) annual graduation ceremony for the Class of 2019, on Monday, 7 October 2019, marking the 42nd batch of students, which includes more than 3220 students, 2468 females and 752 male.

The annual convocation took place in the Sports & Events Complex at QU and includes graduates from a full academic year that comprises Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019 and Summer 2019.

In his speech on this occasion, President of QU Dr. Hassan bin Rashid Al-Derham, praised the achievements of the State of Qatar under the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar.

He said, “As we celebrate the 42nd batch of graduates from Qatar University, our beloved nation is witnessing a renaissance of sorts that has manifested itself in all fields. No doubt, this renaissance would not have been achieved without the accumulation of efforts by the sons of our nation and their standing behind our leadership since the time of its founding until present day. Qatar University has the great honor of contributing to this renaissance through successive generations of graduates who now exceed 50,000…Today we celebrate 3,220 sons and daughters of Qatar University on this blessed day, who have succeeded in the building and development of our great nation.”

He added, “During the past few years, the University has achieved —thanks to Allah (SWT)— and the continuous support of our Board of Regents, an advanced role in international university rankings. The university has placed 276 in QS Quacquarelli Symonds Global Rankings and 408 in the Times Higher Education Rankings World University Rankings.”

Key themes that QU strives towards

Dr. Hassan Al-Derham addressed His Highness, assuring him of the University’s implementation of his directives, “In your last address to The Shura Council, you articulated a golden and central phrase that started with, ‘The human being remains, the core, focus and target of the development plans.’ We have strived at Qatar University, to embody this wise direction through three main roles.”

The first role: To provide academic programs that follow high international standards for the undergraduate and postgraduate level, that work to realize the state’s development plans. In this context, QU offers 45 bachelor programs and around 40 graduate programs in various academic disciplines, which compete with the best universities globally.

This year also marks the establishment of the College of Dental Medicine, which received its very first class of students this academic term, and now makes up the 10th college at QU.

The second role: The production of knowledge and international research that distinguishes itself through its impact on ground and touches on the central needs of the Qatari community.

Dr. Hassan Al-Derham referred to the efforts of the Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC). The QMIC builds integrated systems and solutions for technology development that has resulted in a number of technology platforms, such as a smart transportation platform and a valuable data bank about traffic and mobility behavior in Qatar, which serve major projects for national institutions such as Rail, Ashghal and state ministries. The QMIC also developed a smart heat stress monitoring solution for the safety of workers in the 2022 project, and for the oil and gas sector.

In addition, QU recently founded QU Press, which aims to lead in the dissemination of scholarship in the region in accordance to the highest standards.

Third, QU considers itself as a house of expertise that provides various state institutions with academic advice that contributes to public policy.

Here, Dr. Hassan Al-Derham referred to the efforts of the Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI) in supporting government and non-government entities with sound and reliable data that is based on high quality field research. The institute's research agenda spans a wide range of substantive areas of importance to Qatar, such as education and health, family structure, national identity, the financial and business environment and other annual and semi-annual comprehensive surveys.

QU’s intellectual and creative interests

Dr. Hassan Al-Derham spoke about the intellectual and cultural interests of QU, stressing that as the national university, QU plays a key role in addressing the urgent needs of society. This includes issues of identity, attitude and culture. He said these issues had immersed public opinion in Qatar and Arab societies in general and could only be confronted through objective academia.

In this context, Qatar University established the Ibn Khaldon Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, which bridges the gap between theoretical studies and actual needs of Muslim-Arab societies in collaboration with leading institutions and researchers —locally, regionally and internationally— who share the center’s intellectual concerns.

Dr. Hassan then addressed the graduating Class of 2019 saying, “Our graduates, as we celebrate you, and as you take the first step in this new phase of your life, you are armed with the knowledge you gained from Qatar University, and the skillsets you have built during your time here. You are driven towards success and excellence. This success would not have been possible without the efforts of your faculty, who have gifted you with their expertise. It is my duty, as I stand here, to applaud their endeavors. I thank them and extend my thanks on behalf of you as well. Education is a path we walk on, not a goal we reach. Every stage of learning that we face is in fact a station, from a number of stations in life that does not end.”

He added, “As you receive your diplomas, in the presence of our fair leader, you must remember your responsibilities towards Allah (SWT), your nation, the Emir and your family, when you shape the future of the nation, while protecting its values and message. This will not be possible without intention and hard work in everything you do.”

Dr. Hassan Al-Derham closed his speech by addressing His Highness the Emir of Qatar saying, “Qatar University, in its role as the primary institution of higher education in Qatar, and a deep history spanning four decades, with 20,000 students, finds itself committed –through your direction– to being a leading and active player in its mission. We take it upon ourselves, to be a force against challenges, and protective in our responsibility towards our beloved nation Qatar.”

Speakers from the graduating class

Abdulaziz Al-Obaidly, a graduate from the Class of 2019, spoke to his fellow graduates about the benefits of receiving an education from QU. He said, “We stand before you today as lawyers, as engineers, judges and diplomats, researchers and scholars of our Arab authenticity, Islamic culture and national identity.”

Graduate AbdulKarim Al-Ruwaili, host of the ceremony, delivered a powerful speech in which he said, “One stage has finished, but the journey is not over. We are not the first to arrive and we will not be the last.”

As the graduation ceremony came to a close, His Highness the Emir of Qatar honored the graduates by handing them their diplomas, symbolizing the beginning of the next phase of their lives.

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