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Story | Education
2 September 2021

QAD Graduates set to embark on new learning journey at QF

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Students look forward to exploring higher education opportunities within Education City

With the new school year just about to begin, students who graduated from Qatar Academy Doha last year are gearing up for their next academic challenge – university.

And with Qatar Foundation home to Hamad Bin Khalifa University and seven partner universities, as well as the Academic Bridge Program (ABP) – a pre-university program for high school graduates – it’s the obvious choice for many students looking to stay in Qatar.

I strongly believe that first-aid should be taught in all levels of school to help anyone in emergency situations

Salma Al Hardan
Salma Al Hardan

Interested in anatomy, Salma Al Hardan is set to attend the ABP for one year before continuing her studies at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q), where she will be enrolled in the Biological Sciences program.

“I’ve faced many obstacles during my senior year. After talking to my brother, who is CMU-Q alumnus, he offered me helpful advice on the program, including how it will take me on an alternative route to medicine. And I realized it doesn’t matter if it takes me longer to get to the degree I want,” said Al Hardan.

During the summer of 2020, I almost started my own business selling summer boxes made up of fruits and beverages for the beach. This project gave me a brief insight into the business world

Al Ghalya Al Jahni
Al Ghalya Al Jahni

Al Hardan’s passion for medicine stemmed from shadowing her father, who is a practicing doctor, and attending lectures at Hamad General Hospital on how to become a first responder. “I strongly believe that first-aid should be taught in all levels of school to help anyone in emergency situations,” said Al Hardan.

Al Ghalya Al Jahni will be attending Georgetown University in Qatar and will be studying International Economics. She hopes that by studying economics she can play a part in helping to shape the world and Qatar’s economy. “During the summer of 2020, I almost started my own business selling summer boxes made up of fruits and beverages for the beach. This project gave me a brief insight into the business world,” said Al Jahni.

Over the years, my interest in mechanical engineering has transformed into a hobby for engine modification. And I even spent one year repairing an old car as a personal project

AbdulAziz Al Nasr
AbdulAziz Al Nasr

Al Jahni acknowledges that it was her business class at QAD that fostered her entrepreneurial and organizational skills. “I also took two summer courses at Northwestern University in Qatar which provided me with great understanding of business communications and marketing, which I believe is very useful for me to have before entering the business world,” said Al Jahni.

AbdulAziz Al Nasr has been interested in mechanical engineering since the 9th grade and will be pursuing this passion at Texas A&M University at Qatar. “Over the years, my interest in mechanical engineering has transformed into a hobby for engine modification. And I even spent one year repairing an old car as a personal project,” said Al Nasr.

Nizar Radi is interested in pursuing a career in finance, and is to start the Business Administration program at CMU-Q. He is currently finishing an internship at Snoonu as a market analyst. Nizar thanked his business class teacher, Mr. Kyle Prevost, who inspired him to go full force into the business world.

“Being a financial analyst is the ultimate goal. I’ve done lots of research projects and I’m interested in the world of finance, consulting, or investment management,” said Radi.

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