Ninety-five nursing students earned their undergraduate and graduate degrees during the 2019 Convocation ceremony held in their honour by the University of Calgary in Qatar at the Qatar National Convention Centre recently.
Professors, family members, dignitaries from Qatar and Canada, and valued partners from Qatar’s health and education sectors celebrated the 93 Bachelor of Nursing (BN) and two Master of Nursing (MN) graduates at the Convocation.
The ceremony marked the 10th graduating class of BN students and fifth graduating class of MN students from the university. This year’s graduates include 11 Qatari and 77 non-Qatari females along with seven non-Qatari males. Together with the university’s other alumni, the new cohort of graduates will hopefully contribute to the success of the health goals of Qatar National Vision 2030 and the National Health Strategy 2018-2022. These new nurses will join a sustainable workforce and ensure that the complex healthcare needs of the country are met.
During the celebrations, the University of Calgary in Qatar also recognised two graduates with the university’s highest academic distinction, the Gold and Silver medallions. The Gold Medal for academic achievement in the BN programme was awarded to Sharifat Atinuke Makinde, while Joycee Mathew Kurian won the Silver Medal for academic achievement in the Post-Diploma BN programme.
Sheikh Dr Khalid Bin Jabor Al Thani, Founder and Chairman of Qatar Cancer Society, Chairman of the University of Calgary in Qatar Board of Trustees, and Convocation guest speaker honoured the graduates’ achievement during his address.
The need for highly-educated and skilled nurses in Qatar is increasing every year. You are entering the nursing profession at an important time for our nation and I know you will meet the challenges of your task. You have embarked on an important journey that will not only change you, but also change Qatar. You will become part of the fabric that binds our healthcare system together. You will work to promote health, prevent disease, and help patients cope with illness. As nurses, you will be the most visible member of the healthcare system. The work you will do will have a direct and real impact on the health of Qatar’s population.’
Dignitaries from Canada who attended the ceremony included Deborah Yedlin, Chancellor of the University of Calgary; Dr Edward McCauley, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calgary; and HE Stefanie McCollum, Ambassador of Canada to the State of Qatar.
With the completion of the 2019 Convocation ceremony, the number of students who earned their BN degrees from the university is 651, while a total of 56 have graduated from the school’s MN programme. Qatari nationals currently make up approximately 16% of the university’s alumni network.
Over 400 students are currently registered in the University of Calgary’s BN and MN programmes. The University of Calgary in Qatar offers two paths to a BN degree – a four-year programme for qualified high school graduates, and a two-year programme for nurses holding diplomas in nursing from recognised institutions. The University’s MN degree is designed in collaboration with Qatar’s nursing community to further develop leaders in the profession.
Visit ucalgary.edu.qa for more information on the programmes offered at the University of Calgary in Qatar.