The University of Calgary - Qatar community has welcomed its new batch of 52 students at UCQ 101, a tradition of introducing students to the campus to make them familiar with the key people, academic services and support systems that will assist them through their studies.
Of the new batch, 38% are Qataris and nine of them are male students.
UCQ dean Carolyn Byrne congratulated the students on their admission into the challenging and exciting field of nursing.
While appreciating the local mindset and in view of the increased enrolment of Qatari students at the university, Byrne said: “The UCQ is proud to have exceeded our 2011 student enrolment goal. I am thrilled that Qataris are embracing the modern and current image of the nursing profession which reflects the truly open mindedness of the local culture. We are producing skilled professionals with a deep knowledge base, acute critical thinking and outstanding clinical skills.”
She said “Qatar has provided tremendous support for our nursing degree programme for which we are extremely grateful.”
Mona Mohamed, a student who recently joined the UCQ family said: “UCQ 101 was a very useful event. We were introduced to our instructors, met our fellow students and toured the campus. Everyone was very welcoming and helpful.”
Nursing students are able to get their Bachelor of Nursing degree through the post-diploma track, programme for working nurses who have a diploma in nursing, or through a high school graduates’ programme, the regular track.
Part-time studies and preparatory foundation programmes are being offered at UCQ with plans for diploma programme and Masters in the offing.
Nursing degree can open doors to a variety of different careers and graduates from the UCQ’s nursing programme will have unique opportunities to contribute to their community and work at the forefront of Qatar’s world-class health system.
Mohamed added: “I chose nursing as a career because I feel like it’s my calling to ease others’ pain and I want to be a leader in the healthcare system in Qatar.”
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