More than 250 students of the Class of 2016 at the Academic Bridge Program (ABP), a member of Qatar Foundation, participated in the Fall Orientation Program held at the Learning Resources Center (LRC) of the ABP’s Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) Building.
During orientation, the Class of 2016 was introduced to the ABP’s facilities, policies, and activities, as well as to the administrators, faculty, and staff who will be working closely with the students throughout the upcoming academic year.
Sessions included College Information, Academic Integrity, and Goal-Setting and Reflection, while a Community Building activity was also part of the program.
Around 80 percent of this year’s students are Qatari, and the rest come from more than 25 different countries including Bahrain, Bulgaria, Gambia, France, India, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UK, and the USA.
Commenting on the start of ABP’s 15th academic year, Dr Bryan Lewallen, Director, ABP, said: “This is a very special year for the ABP, as we celebrate our 15th Anniversary. Last year was the most successful in the history of the ABP, in regard to university admissions.
“We have yet another excellent group of students this year, and hope that the Class of 2016 will set the bar even higher for academic success and admission offers to universities in Qatar and abroad.”
He added: “Our excellent faculty and staff are looking forward to beginning this school year, which will see both the re-accreditation of our academic program by the Commission on English Language Programs (CEA) in the United States, and the renovation of our beautiful LAS Building.”
The two-day orientation program began with an introductory welcome from Dr Lewallen. This was followed by a presentation by Ahmad Al Jassim, Student Affairs Events Coordinator, ABP (on behalf of Moza Al Boainain, Assistant Director for Student Services, ABP), explaining ABP Student Services’ policies and activities.
Students were then introduced to the library and the LRC, given a tour of ABP’s LAS building, and attended a College Information session.
The second day of orientation started with a presentation outlining the keys to success by Dr Mark Newmark, Assistant Director for Academic Affairs, ABP. Hassan Zeidan, Admissions & Records Co-ordinator, ABP then explained the ABP calendar, marking periods, grades, and report cards.
Majed Al Dosari, student, ABP, said he was looking forward to the experience, and is sure the year at ABP will yield excellent results for his future. “I hope to pursue a career in law, or in business, and at ABP I have the opportunity to develop skills and talents needed to get admission into the best universities in the world.
“I hope to use this year effectively, improving my grades in Math and English, and participating various clubs and activities that ABP has to offer.
For Nouf Al Malki, ABP is her road to a career in Engineering. She said: “I wish to study at QF partner university, Texas A&M University at Qatar, and I believe I will be able to improve skills including Math and Physics too during my time at ABP.”
She added that the orientation event had helped the students get familiar with ABP’s policies, and campus, and that she was inspired by the world of the Director and other members of staff.