Greeting the New QF Student Arrivals

Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF) and the partner universities of QF welcomed their undergraduates, and graduate students undertaking masters and PhD programs, in a series of familiarization events.
The inauguration activities witnessed several universities record their highest intake of Qatari students. This was a significant event since it demonstrates the fruition of QF’s ambitions to help develop a sustainable economy in the country, through the provision of tailored education.

The introductory activities, which started in late August and concluded in September 2015, acquainted students with the HBKU ethos of community, created a sense of belonging across the QF campus, as well as orientated students with the individual requirements of their awarding universities.

Highlights included HBKU witnessing a record intake of more than 200 students, with a number of notable milestones. The university welcomed its first cohort of students pursuing the Juris Doctor law degree; its first Master’s and PhD students in Biomedical and Biological Sciences; and its first undergraduates, through the launch of HBKU’s Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering program.

Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q) formally welcomed its incoming class of more than 100 students at an inauguration ceremony. Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) similarly received a high number of Qataris to its Foundation and Medical Programs, with nationals accounting for nearly 30 percent of those enrolled. University inauguration activities concluded with the traditional White Coat Ceremony, in which students donned the white coats of doctors for the first time.

QF has always initiated cultural diversity, with Georgetown University in Qatar notably welcoming 34 students from Qatar to its Class of 2019, with a total of 23 different countries represented across the international intake. At fellow QF partner university Northwestern University in Qatar, more than 60 new freshman students were inducted into the university, including the largest number of Qataris to date. This year’s class totals a record 207 undergraduates.

The inauguration events marked other milestones across QF. Texas A&M University at Qatar received students to its new masters program in chemical engineering and Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar’s incoming Dean, Dr Akel Kahera, made his first official speech in the role by greeting new students.