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Graduation week began in Education City yesterday with commencement events for students from Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) and Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q).

HBKU’s Class of 2017 included 148 grads, up 33 percent from last year’s cohort of 111 students.

The grads hail from 37 different countries, though many of them are from Qatar as well.

This year marked the first graduates to obtain master’s degrees from HBKU’s College of Science and Engineering. They were in Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS), Sustainable Energy and Sustainable Environment.

In addition to those 17 students, there were also:

  • 87 graduates from the College of Islamic Studies;
  • 18 from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; and
  • 26 with an Executive Master in Energy and Resources.

Dream big

During the commencement, keynote speaker Chaker Khazaal, a Palestinian-Canadian author and editor-in-chief of StepFeed and YallaFeed, talked about dreaming big.

He said:

“An achievement is an idea once dreamt that turned into reality with hard work, persistence and redefining possibilities.

Today, you are ambassadors for the power of dreaming by becoming graduates and ambassadors for your university, for your country and for our region.”

Next year, HBKU will graduate its first batch of law students and the first students to receive doctoral degrees from the College of Science and Engineering.

NU-Q

Meanwhile, NU-Q celebrated its first graduation in its own building this year.

The journalism and communications school also produced its largest-ever class, of 47 graduates.

Reem Saad / Doha News

Northwestern University in Qatar

Students and staff moved into the new building, which took almost six years to complete, at the start of the winter semester.

It boasts three video production studios, a multimedia newsroom, a two-story research library, a black box theater, multiple editing rooms and even an in-house museum.

The 515,000 square foot, four-story facility was designed by famous American architect Antoine Predock and takes inspiration from Qatar’s “desert landscape.”

A total of 765 students will graduate from Qatar Foundation schools this week, including from Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (45), Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (57), Georgetown School of Foreign Service in Qatar (62), Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (109), HEC Paris in Qatar (137) and University College London Qatar (34).

Thoughts?

Photos by Mohammed Ismail and HBKU

Some 111 students celebrated graduating from Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) yesterday in a ceremony that launches a week of commencements in Education City.

The grads have obtained masters from the Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies (52), College of Science and Engineering (43) and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (16).

The class of 2016 included Mohamed Shoiker, who graduates with an MA in Translation Studies after returning to school at the age of 56.

In a statement, he said:

“It’s still surreal to me, but in gaining this degree, I believe I have been a good role model to my children and shown them that I am someone who will still go to school and continue to learn even when they near the age of retirement.”

Some 700 people attended the event, including Qatar Foundation Chairperson Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.

She hailed HBKU’s research focus and urged the Class of 2016 to “apply what they’ve learned to build bright futures for themselves and their communities.”

HBKU will continue expanding in the coming years, with three new programs accepting students for the fall: a Master of Science in Data Science and Engineering, a Master of Science in Cybersecurity, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering.

Also last night, Northwestern University in Qatar graduated its class of 2016, which included journalism and communication students.

Congrats, all! Thoughts?

Report: Qatar’s HBKU to introduce new master’s degree in interpretation

Citing the rising demand for interpreters at Qatar’s hospitals and courts, the College of Humanities and Social Science at Hamad bin Khalifa University plans to introduce a new graduate degree in simultaneous interpretation, the Peninsula reports.

The college’s dean, Amal Al-Malki, made the announcement during the “Politics of Translation: Representations and Power” conference yesterday. The event concludes today.