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Posted On: 4 June 2013 12:07 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:13 pm

Stenden University Qatar - Graduation Ceremony May 2013

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Stenden University Qatar celebrated the graduation of its eighth Cohort, the Class of 2013, in a colorful ceremony last Saturday 1st of June 2013 at Renaissance City Center Doha Hotel. 58 students graduated in International Business and Management Studies and International Hospitality management including 16 Qataris nationals and 14 other nationalities. The ceremony was under the patronage of HE Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani; Chairman of the Board; Dr. Robert Coelen, VP International Affairs at Stenden The Netherlands, Mr. Wayne Johnson, President of Stenden University Qatar; and several distinguished guests from many private and Government organizations in Qatar. “ I would like to congratulate H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, Crown Prince and H.H.Sheikha Moza bint Nasser for affording us the chance to reap the fruits of efforts they made to improve the quality of education in the country..” said Sheikh Faical bin Qassim Al Thani while addressing the audience. He added, “Stenden University Qatar is highly committed to comply with the highest standards and highest levels of outputs. The university is keen to attract the best students and the most qualified teachers as it also strives to develop advanced programs in order to meet the needs of futures markets...” Dr. Robert Coelen, VP International Affairs at Stenden The Netherlands, declared in his speech that the graduates ‘life changed since they have new duties. He said: “From now onwards, you are no longer students but ‘future leaders’. Young managers, off to ‘fly out’ into a fascinating industry in hospitality and tourism. An industry that needs talented and excellently educated graduates like you. Graduates with an open mind and an international scope. Both graduates Abdulla Al Ghanim and Solafa Koja gave moving speeches. They shared with the guests their experiences at Stenden University Qatar. The audience followed with interest a part of Abdulla’s speech when he talked proudly about Stenden students’ achievements. “Ah, my fellow graduates; my friends; 4 years 16 modules. Countless assignments; Over 800 hours of internship; Endless days and nights training in hotels; One final dissertation…etc We have accomplished so much together. We have put Stenden in the Guinness World Records. We have collected over 200 thousand riyals for charity. We have volunteered in countless events, and some even travelled to another continent for community projects. What better rehearsal for the next phase can we ask for?” At the end, Mr. Wayne Johnson, President of Stenden University Qatar, gave the last speech in which he congratulated whoever participated in the victory of students. He mentioned: “Each one of you here represent a story, a story filled with drama, heartache, sadness, joy, laughter, action, suspense and because you are here tonight, with VICTORY! What an honor and privilege to celebrate that with you tonight. I congratulate and applaud all those who have played a part in the victory you claim tonight. To your parents and family who are struggling to contain the excitement and who want to shout and whistle to express their joy and elation! To the staff and faculty of Stenden University Qatar, who tonight are so proud and happy to see you seated where you and achieve what you have and humbled by the part they played.” - ILQ News -