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Sheikha Moza graces a grand HBKU graduation ceremony

Ailyn Agonia


QATAR Foundation (QF) Chairperson Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser graced the graduation ceremony of 111 students from the Class of 2016 of Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) held at the HBKU Student Centre in Doha on Sunday.

HH Sheikha Moza, who is also an alumna of the University, was joined on the occasion by QF Vice Chairperson and CEO HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad al Thani. The ceremony was led by HBKU President Dr Ahmad M Hasnah.

The Class of 2016 joined the more than 300 students that have now graduated from HBKU. This year's class has 55 percent Qataris, an increase from 48 percent in 2015, and includes representatives from 29 countries. The batch is comprised of 52 graduates from HBKU's Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies (QFIS), 43 from the College of Science and Engineering and 16 from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The graduates also included the inaugural class of the Master of Arts in Audiovisual Translation programme and the second batch of students with an Executive Master in Energy and Resources (E&R) and the third cohort of graduates with a Master of Arts in Translation Studies.

In her official statement on the event, HH Sheikha Moza lauded the impact of HBKU in terms of creating a dynamic new home for innovative research education in Qatar. She said,"The university continues to grow and thrive, and is graduating exceptional students who have been greatly enriched by the knowledge, skills and friendships they've developed during their studies. I applaud the dedication of HBKU's Class of 2016. As an alumna of the university myself, I understand the effort they have put in to achieve a significant milestone and wish them continued success as they apply what they've learned to build bright futures for themselves and their communities."

Dr Hasnah, who presented diplomas to each of the graduates at the ceremony, urged the batch to be proud of their Arab identity. He also praised HBKU for its achievements including launching last year the College of Law and Public Policy with the first Juris Doctor (JD) programme in the MENA region.

"We are an emerging research university that embeds innovation, and an ability to perceive, understand and adapt to the new century's major needs. These needs are the challenge we take on; at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, we are committed to delivering multidisciplinary research education that is locally relevant and globally recognised," the HBKU President added.

Tech entrepreneur Habib Haddad delivered a keynote speech on the occasion. The founder of and shared with graduates and their families and friends in attendance his journey on being one of the top 30 influential under-30 Arabs named by 'ArabianBusiness'.


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