May 7, 2013

HBKU Honors Six Students For Their Commitment to Excellence

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Hamad bin Khalifa University granted six exceptional students the ‘President’s Award’ on 4 May in recognition of their academic excellence and commitment to making a difference both on campus and within the wider community.

The six winners from HBKU partner universities were honored for their exceptional academic, service leadership and professional achievements during a celebratory ceremony that was held at Qatar National Convention Centre.

The President’s Award has been created to recognize the achievements and excellence of students graduating from HBKU partner universities. Beyond showing appreciation for the academic success of students, the award aims to acknowledge the students who have made a deep commitment to improving their communities by combining their educational excellence with other efforts in areas like student leadership, community service, arts, and research.

His Excellency Sheikh Dr Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, President of Hamad bin Khalifa University and Vice President of Education at Qatar Foundation said, “It was not only their academic achievement that we looked at – we looked at many things, among them their participation on campus and in community development initiatives, their research efforts and what they would like to do in the future. We sought to find all-rounded students, and I am looking forward to them becoming productive members of our community.”

Twenty exceptional students with a Grade Point Average of 3.6 and above were nominated by their respective university deans this year. Each of the students completed an extensive application process that demonstrated how they took advantage of everything that their university, HBKU and Qatar Foundation had to offer. A diverse committee reviewed and carefully assessed each application.

The graduates chosen this year are AlJawhara Hassan Al-Thani, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar, Dana Atrach, Northwestern University in Qatar, Eilin Liz Francis, Georgetown University - School of Foreign Service in Qatar, Fadwa Ali, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Leila Natsheh, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, Mohammed AlShammasi, Texas A&M University at Qatar.