Qatar Foundation (QF) recently hosted a two-day orientation event titled ‘Marhaba’ for students and alumni of Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) and its eight partner universities.

The event was held at Multaqa (Education City Student Center), and served as an opportunity to introduce new and returning students to the various centres and facilities housed at Education City – Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, Education City Golf Club, QatarDebate, and Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art – as well as promote a sense of unity among the students and the school community.

QF orientation event Freshman Ziyad Hamad, enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, hopes to become an entrepreneur one day. Explaining why he chose to study at QF, he said he is used to Qatar’s vibrant community, and wanted to stay close to family and friends.

Why go abroad when world-class education is available at your doorstep?’

He added that ‘Marhaba’ was a really useful event as not only was it informative, but was also fun. He said that it will help prepare him for a new academic life.

Amal Hadad, a student at Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ), said she chose to attend a QF university so she could remain near her family.

Also studying at TAMUQ, another student, Maryam Al Manai, said that she chose to study at QF because Education City houses world-class universities with handpicked degree programmes. She said that over the next few years she is looking forward to meeting new people from all over the world and maintain a high GPA.

As part of the event, students also participated in a series of fun and educational activities, such as learning about environment-friendly alternatives to single-use plastic bags.

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