Qatar University (QU) honours 328 students at male and female ceremonies on 22 December 2014.

Two-hundred and sixty-five (265) female and 63 male students were named on the Honor Roll of Qatar University (QU) for achieving GPA 3.5 and above for the Fall and Spring semesters in the academic year 2013-14.

Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Dr Mazen Hasna, applauded the students’ achievement, and presented their certificates in the presence of their parents, members of QU leadership, deans, heads of departments, and faculty. He said:

It is a great honour to celebrate our students for their distinguished achievements, their hard work and dedication to succeed. This event highlights QU’s commitment to maximizing its students’ potential, and giving them the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to become future leaders, and contribute to Qatar’s outstanding growth and development.’

The events also included students’ meet-and-greet with Guest of Honor Qatari writer, Abdul Aziz Al Mahmoud, who signed copies of his books, including his new novel, The Holy Sail. He expressed his pride in the students’ distinction, which he said allows them to accomplish their goals and aspirations, and contribute to building Qatar’s growth and a knowledge-based economy. Al Mahmoud said:

If we do not make our own history, somebody else will make it for us.’

In addition, he gave the students a brief about The Holy Sail, a fictional story which chronicles the medieval world of Lisbon, Cairo, Jeddah and Istanbul. The novel uses historical research methods while engaging readers in a tale of love and honour. Al Mahmoud also noted the importance of reading which he said will serve to contribute to the country’s cultural development and growth.

Founded in 1973, QU is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the region. QU bears many national, American, Canadian, and other international accreditation, including an AACSB certified business school and an ABET certified engineering school, and the university is a candidate for accreditation in the US by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). In keeping with regional customs, students are divided on campus into male and female classrooms, and housing is segregated by gender as well. Courses are available in subjects such as agricultural science, business, education, engineering, environmental science, geography, history, law (Western and Sharia), nutrition, pharmacy, sports science, and much more!