College of the North Atlantic - Qatar (CNA-Q) graduated its largest class, with 559 students crossing the stage its 15th Graduation Ceremony, Thursday evening at Qatar National Convention Centre.

The ceremony was held under the Patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior for the State of Qatar. 

In attendance were: H.E. Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Wahed Al Hammadi, Minister of Education and Higher Education, The State of Qatar; H.E. Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, Former Minister of Energy and Industry and Chair of the CNA-Q Board of Trustees; Dr. Ibrahim Al-Naimi Undersecretary at Ministry of Education and Higher Education; Dr. Mohammed Yousef Al Mulla, CEO of Qatar Petrochemical Company and member of CNA-Q's Board of Trustees; and members of CNA-Q's Board of Trustees


Students graduated from over 35 programs, which are each tailored to the needs of Qatar's economy. The number of graduates in each discipline includes: 150 from Business Studies, 172 from Engineering Technology, 93 from Health Science, 60 from Information Technology programs and 84 in the Technician Certificate Program.

"It is a profound success for the College to celebrate the milestone of its largest class at the 15th Graduation Ceremony," said College of the North Atlantic – Qatar, President, Dr. Khalifa bin Nasser Al Khalifa. "We are so pleased to see strong, capable graduates enter the Qatari workforce year after year. As a national college, these graduates are the reason we are here – to continue to offer a high-quality technical and vocational education. Our graduates are shining examples of the potential and capability of this great nation. As the future leaders, with the credentials they receive tonight, these students will become the leaders that Qatar as envisioned in the National Vision 2030." 

Facts about CNA-Q:

  • With the addition of the Class of 2019, the total number of highly-skilled, technically-educated graduates CNA-Q has produced reaches more than 6,000. 
  • College of the North Atlantic - Qatar is one of the oldest post-secondary institutions in the country, founded in 2002 after a world-wide search to bring the best technical education to Qatar in support of the energy and industry sector. This is the 17th academic year for CNA-Q.
  • CNA-Q is leading the way in technical and vocational education and training, offering certificate, and two- and three-year diploma programs in four areas: Business Studies, Engineering Technology and Industrial Trades, Health Sciences and Information Technology. Each program is tailored to the economy of Qatar, and aligned with the Qatar National Vision 2030: to transform the State into a knowledge-based economy and support the State’s strategic direction to educate and retain young Qataris.
  • Under the School of Engineering Technology and Industrial Trades, CNA-Q offers a customized industrial trades certificate, the Technical Certificate Program (TCP) was designed in partnership with Qatar Petroleum, that prepares students to work at the technician level in Qatar’s energy and industry sector.
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Class of 2019 

"Every moment, whether of hardship or opportunity, has been a learning experience that made us self-confident and pushed us to do better, to become critical thinkers, problem solvers and communicators. We honed our independence, perseverance and tenacity to see things through, and achieve success." said Saba Afreen Co-Valedictorian class of 2019

"When I first arrived here at CNAQ, during my first class ever, which happened to be Accounting. I did not know anyone, I did not know what to expect. But then, the very first Instructor I laid eyes on, Curtis Avery, welcomed the class and made us feel like a part of the community within a day. Through his pristine characteristics, he swiftly gained the admiration of this HR student. While he has retired and moved on to Canada, he has impacted us for the rest of our lives. " said Mohamed Al-Rashid  Co-Valedictorian class of 2019