HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Amir of Qatar, attended the annual Convocation Ceremony of Qatar Foundation, celebrating the graduates of universities at Education City as they step into the next phase of their lives. The event was held at Al Shaqab

Qatar Foundation Chairperson HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser and HH Sheikha Jawaher bint Hamad bin Suhaim Al-Thani, Wife of HH the Amir, were also in attendance.

The ceremony was also attended by the Speaker of the Shura Council, HE Hassan Abdulla Al-Ghanim, ministers, diplomats, university presidents, deans and members of faculty, and families of graduates.

Door to the Future

The convocation celebrated over 800 students of Qatar Foundation Class of 2022 and the Classes of 2020 and 2021, with hundreds of graduates walking through the Door to the Future, the symbolic and traditional convocation moment that represents the start of a new stage in their journeys after their experience and accomplishments in Qatar Foundation’s globally unique educational landscape.

The convocation ceremony saw Qatar Foundation pay tribute to its first president, Dr Fathy Saoud, who played an instrumental role in their evolution and in the creation of their education ecosystem.

Dr Saoud passed away in January, and during the ceremony, it was announced that the position of Chair Professor of Biological Sciences in the College of Health and Life Sciences at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) will be created in his name, with biological sciences having been Dr Saoud’s field of study.

Addressing graduates at the convocation ceremony, Qatar Foundation Vice Chairperson and CEO HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, said that there are no orphan ideas, no orphan generations. She said that we will always be connected to those that came before us and that we will always be the continuation of our forefathers.

If you find some truths unbearable, listen to them anyway. Take the time to understand what our forefathers stood for and why. Then take the time to understand what your role is in this journey. Your learning journey has just started.

The graduation of the Class of 2022 sees ranks of Qatar Foundation alumni rise to almost 8,000.

Returning to Qatar as the keynote speaker for this year’s convocation ceremony was Qatar Foundation alumnus Dr Mohammed Al-Nufal, who graduated from Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar (WCM-Q) in 2012 and is now a paediatrics physician in the US. As a  student, he was among the speakers in Qatar’s bid to secure the FIFA World Cup 2022™.

With less than 200 days to go before the first FIFA World Cup™ in the Middle East kicks off, Dr Al-Nufal told the  graduates that if they want to achieve anything, big or small, they have to first believe in their idea as Qatar Foundation believed in its vision.

Define your ambitions and expectations – and when the idea exists, and your ambitions are defined, the real work starts. And what matters is not necessarily the time you give to your work, but the sacrifice you make and how you ensure that the time you give is valuable.

Dr Al-Nufal said that the final lesson he learned is that you should surround yourself with people who have the same spirit, ambitions and sense of responsibility as you. He said that this team will be the reason for your success, so choose your team wisely.

Believe in your potential as I believed in mine, because you can achieve the best.

Alumni programme

Qatar Foundation also launched a new programme that will provide the thousands of its alumni with a pathway for making new connections, sharing experiences and identifying new opportunities – including those which enable them to stay in and return to Qatar, to support the country’s development.

Graduates of HBKU and Qatar Foundation schools and partner universities are invited to join the QF Alumni Program, which includes a digital space that allows collaborations to be formed, knowledge and information to be exchanged, and bonds formed during their time at Education City to be strengthened.

The QF Alumni Program aims to be a focal point for creating a global network of alumni who retain their links to Qatar Foundation and to Qatar, while helping each other to advance their careers, interests and ambitions. Many of these alumni – including those currently working abroad – will gather at Education City next week for the first QF Alumni Reunion, as well as a two-day Career Fair that will also be open to current students.

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