Doha – The Academic Bridge Program (ABP) celebrated the graduation of the 16th batch of its students in the presence of HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al-Thani Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF).

The graduation ceremony was attended by the faculty and administration members along with the students ‘parents and families.

The number of graduates of the 2017 batch is 142 students, 114 of whom are Qatari students and 28 students representing 17 nationalities, with 75% female graduates.

The 2017 batch brings the total number of ABP graduates to 2742 since the program’s inception in 2001.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Bryan K. Lewallen, the Director of the ABP, said the program instilled a love of science among the students and provided them with the necessary experience that hat would help them in overcoming challenges.

The students, who will be graduated in 4 years, express gratitude to Qatar for the significant support provided for them to go some way towards acquiring science and knowledge, thus contributing to the comprehensive ongoing development of their country at the scientific, political, economic and technological levels, he went on saying.

Since the program was established in 2001, 2,742 students (mostly Qatari high school graduates, but also students from over 17 other countries) have been graduated from this year’s edition of the program, he said, adding that 80% of the graduates of this batch are Qatari students.

At least 66 students got accepted at the Education City Universities, Dr. Lewallen said, expecting that more students will get accepted to a HBKU partner university at Qatar Foundation, making it the largest percentage ever admitted from a graduating class.

The Academic Bridge Program (ABP) annually admits secondary school graduates from Qatar and other countries in the region who need to improve their English, math and science skills in order to meet the admission standards of � and to do well in � highly selective universities.

Students seeking admission to the ABP often wish to study business, engineering, computer science, medicine, art, international relations, journalism, or communications at university. That said, the ABP admits students who wish to study other subjects as well. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency