The College of the North Atlantic – Qatar (CNA-Q) has welcomed the new and returning staff and students for the 2009-2010 academic year.
The arrival of new instructors and support staff is directly related to an increased student enrollment over previous years, with 1,800 students currently registered for full-time courses for the fall 2009 semester. CNA-Q will hold a second registration period in January for students enrolled in the winter semester.
Both students and staff participated in orientation sessions which included tours of the campus, question and answer periods with current students and information sessions. Throughout both orientations there was one common theme, the uniqueness of the CNA-Q experience for employees and students. “One of the special benefits of studying at CNA-Q is the student’s interaction with other students in a learning community and the opportunity to study in an international learning environment at home in Qatar,” said CNA-Q Interim President Enid Strickland.
Strickland took advantage of orientation to personally welcome the staff and students to CNA-Q. She has been with the college since its inception in 2002 and has seen CNA-Q grow from a small organisation with less than 200 students and 50 staff members to the second-largest post-secondary school in the state with 1,500 graduates.
“CNA-Q does not just provide an exceptional education; it prepares students for the real world. They will study with students of various nationalities and backgrounds. That experience is invaluable when they graduate and it is one of the reasons our graduates are so successful,” Strickland said.
Members of the Student Affairs team were also present to provide information to participants about the variety of options available to them as CNA-Q students including scholarships, international opportunities as well as clubs including Debate, Photography, Poetry and numerous sports teams.
One of the many exciting services available to students is the International Education office which provides information on continuing education in North America and Europe. CNA-Q has many articulation agreements with universities that allow graduates to pursue graduate and post-graduate degrees.
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