Doha – A total of 150 nursing students earned their undergraduate or graduate nursing degrees at University of Calgary in Qatar’s (UCQ) 2017 Convocation ceremony at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC). Attended by a number of Their Excellencies Sheikhs, Ministers, professors and family, the event celebrated 136 Bachelor of Nursing (BN) and 14 Master of Nursing (MN) graduates at the convocation, UCQ’s eighth.

UCQ also honored two graduates with the University’s highest academic distinction, the Gold and Silver medallions.

Dr. Robert Thirsk, Chancellor of the University of Calgary, noted: “Our University, with the generous support of the State of Qatar, strives to provide our students with the knowledge and resources necessary to become leaders in this honorable profession. This is the beginning of a journey for our graduates. As some initiate and others continue their nursing careers in Qatar, we have no doubt that they will be exemplars of the University’s values of honesty, integrity and responsibility while advancing this country’s goals.” With the completion of the 2017 Convocation ceremony, 438 students have earned their BN degrees from UCQ while 28 have graduated from UCQ’s MN program. Qatari nationals make up 16 percent of the University’s alumni network.

“At UCQ we focus on providing our students with the skills and abilities they need to be active contributors to the future of the Qatar community’s health and wellness. It is amazing to see 150 of our students move onto the next phase of their nursing journey,” Dr. Deborah White, Dean and CEO of UCQ, said. “The recognition our graduates receive today is a result of their hard work. We could not be happier as we look to the future of UCQ.” “The environment at UCQ consists of knowledgeable professors, state-of-the-art equipment, educational resources, and continuous support,” said Shaikha Al-Qhatani, the first Qatari graduate from UCQ’s MN Thesis program. “This experience enables us to gain more knowledge and skills and ensure we are prepared for our future as nurses in Qatar.” UCQ offers two paths to a BN degree � a four-year program for qualified high school graduates, and a two-year program for nurses holding diplomas in nursing from recognized institutions. The University also offers two MN programs: a MN in Oncology, created with HMC in order to support the National Cancer Strategy, and the MN in Leadership program, designed in collaboration with Qatar’s nursing community to further develop leaders in the profession. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency