Doha -College of the North Atlantic – Qatar (CNA-Q) graduated one of the largest classes in its 15-year history, with 426 students crossing the stage Monday night at Qatar National Convention Centre. The ceremony was held Under the Patronage of HE the Prime Minister and Minister of interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

The ceremony was attended by a number of their Excellencies sheikhs, ministers and members of the diplomatic corps accredited to the State.

Graduates were welcomed to the workforce and congratulated on their academic accomplishments by special guest speaker, HE Minister of Energy and Industry and CNA-Q Board Chairman Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada: “Your graduation is a great achievement and I am pleased to join you this evening to celebrate a significant and very important milestone in your lives. To CNA-Q’s 2017 Graduating Class, I am proud to say that your hard work, determination, and commitment to your studies have paid off. Congratulations to you! Your success serves as an inspiration to your classmates, your colleagues, your family, and to your community. You can be proud, deservedly so, of your achievement.

This evening represents one stop in the remarkable journey of your life. You are our leaders of tomorrow. Your time at CNA-Q has prepared you to move confidently from the classroom to your chosen industry.”, he added.

Students graduated from over 32 programs, which are each tailored to the needs of Qatar’s economy. The number of graduates in each discipline include: 147 from Business Studies, 134 from Engineering Technology, 82 from Health Sciences and 63 from Information Technology programs.

“We are so pleased to see strong, capable graduates enter the Qatari workforce year after year,” said College of the North Atlantic � Qatar, President, Dr. Ken MacLeod. “These graduates are the reason we are here. As the future leaders of Qatar, you are the motivation to continue offering high-quality technical, hands-on education. With the credentials they receive tonight, these students will become the leaders that Qatar has envisioned in the National Vision 2030.

College of the North Atlantic – Qatar is a partnership between College of the North Atlantic, in Canada, and the State of Qatar.

It was established as a branch campus in 2002, after a world-wide search to bring the best technical education to Qatar in support of the energy and industry sector.

CNA-Q offers over 39 certificate, and two- and three-year diploma programs in four areas: Business Studies, Engineering Technology, Health Sciences and Information Technology. Each of our programs are tailored to the economy of Qatar, and aligned with the Qatar National Vision 2030: to transform the State into a knowledge-based economy and support the State’s strategic direction to educate and retain young Qataris.

Sixty-Five per cent of Qatari students are sponsored by local companies that will hire graduates once they have completed their studies.

Source: Qatar News Agency