Qatar Foundation is organizing a joint convocation ceremony on May 6 for 67 Qatari and 55 international students graduating from Weill Cornell Medical College, Texas A&M University, Carnegie Mellon University and Virginia Commonwealth University.
The event represents a milestone in the lives of the students, all of whom have learned essential skills in creative and critical thinking. It also represents a crucial step in the development of Qatar, with many of the graduates set to seek jobs across a wide range of sectors in Qatar's rapidly diversifying economy.
Qatar Foundation's role in providing the intellectual capital for the nation's knowledge-based economy has been underlined by the range of graduating students seeking to utilize their skills to enhance their careers.
Maha Adheir, an interior design graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, says, "Qatar is growing and its identity is changing with it. I would like to use my degree to develop a uniquely Qatari identity within the field of interior design."
Yousef Murad, a chemical engineering student at Texas A&M University in Qatar, explained how his education had shaped his career ambitions. "I realised right from the beginning of my college life that my career would be helped by developing an interest in research. Looking at the opportunities available at the Qatar Science and Technology Park, I believe it represents a unique opportunity in that it seeks to export knowledge, not import it."
"The graduates of the Education City branch campuses have all gained prestigious qualifications within their respective specializations, which will equip them for very promising career paths. Moreover, they have done this within the context of a high-quality academic environment of learning and a full-fledged intellectual and social campus life that has made them confident, highly skilled and motivated individuals who will also succeed in their social and personal lives," said Dr Fathy Saoud, President of Qatar Foundation.
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