Qatar Foundation Chairperson HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser attended the 25th-anniversary celebration of Qatar Academy Doha (QAD), the first school under Qatar Foundation, and the seed from which its ecosystem of education, research and innovation and community development grew.

The event at QAD Senior School was attended by Qatar Foundation Vice Chairperson and CEO HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, alongside VIP guests and over 150 QAD alumni.

Real-world learning

Since its establishment in 1996 – the year after Qatar Foundation was founded with just 24 students, QAD has nurtured over 1,200 graduates. Almost 1,900 students are now studying at QAD, which offers an innovative and personalised academic programme that has a strong focus on Arabic and Islamic studies and opportunities for experiential, real-world learning.

Speaking during the 25th-anniversary celebration, QF Pre-University Education President Abeer Al-Khalifa said that QAD’s mission was, and remains, to achieve a balance between two pathways – reflecting scientific progress, technological development, modernity, and globalisation, while preserving Qatari and Arabic traditions and the value of the Arabic language, which he said, they are committed to teaching.

At Qatar Foundation, we believe in the power of education to change the world. Over the past 25 years, we have seen what can be achieved by educating, nurturing and empowering future leaders to create impact, and inspire them to embrace lifelong learning.

He said that over the next 25 years, they will continue to focus on providing the youth with the skills that will make them more resilient and ready to take on future challenges, continue their strategy development and focus on the mental well-being of students and accelerate their engagement programmes with the community and with cultural institutions – because they believe in the ability of everyone to contribute to building a brighter future for themselves and for others.

Qatar Academy Doha anniversary 1During the ceremony, HE Sheikha Hind presented HE Buthaina bint Ali Al Jabr Al Nuaimi, Minister of Education and Higher Education, with a special gift in appreciation of her 15 years as President of QF Pre-University Education, prior to her ministerial appointment this year.

Following a film chronicling the 25-year story of QAD, some of its alumni also shared their memories of their time at QAD and how the school prepared them for the future.

The history of the school was also displayed through an exhibition featuring QAD yearbooks stretching back to 1996, newspaper articles of notable visits, old class pictures, and student artworks. The 25th-anniversary celebration also saw the launch of the QAD Alumni Association, which will provide a platform for the school’s former students to renew and maintain connections.

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