The Academic Bridge Program (ABP), part of Qatar Foundation's Pre-University Education hosted an orientation event for its 2019-2020 new joiners at the Learning Resource Center in Penrose House (Liberal Arts and Science building).
Welcoming 290 new students, the orientation event included a comprehensive tour of the building housed in Education City, introducing joiners to the school's program, its facilities, policies, services, and activities, as well as faculty and staff.
Director of ABP Dr. Bryan Lewallen welcomed students in an opening address at the orientation event. "Our faculty and staff members work hard to ensure that everything runs smoothly on the very first day of the new academic year. I am very proud of our ABP students and the continuous accomplishments they achieve and look forward to a very successful and rewarding year ahead", he said.
The students also met Assistant Director Ms. Asmaa R. Al-Qaysi, Student Services, who detailed the school's activities, programs, clubs, and events designed to build various skills; Dr. Mark Newmark, Assistant Director, Academic Affairs, who emphasized the importance of academic commitment in order to benefit from the program, as well as the need to be diligent and to work hard; and Hassan Zeidan, Registrar and Admissions Coordinator, who provided information on class schedules, ABP's grading system, and tests.
The school counselor, Ms. Jacqueline Nottingham, was also on hand to explain her role at ABP, which includes helping students with college admissions and facilitating communication with universities around the world, as well as raising awareness of academic courses that can improve students' skills.
Since its inception in 2001, the ABP has graduated more than 3,100 students, with more than 85 percent of them going on to enroll at international universities, including in the US and the UK.
The mission of the Academic Bridge Program (ABP), a center of Qatar Foundation that operates under pre-university education office, is to provide high school students graduated from Qatar schools and other similar schools with the academic and personal skills for success in reputable English-language universities, with special emphasis on preparing students for the universities in Qatar Foundation's Education City.
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