CNA-Q Engineering Technology programs receive international accreditation


College of the North Atlantic-Qatar (CNA-Q) has received a total of four accreditation award certificates from the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB). Mr. Errol Persaud, P.Eng, Education Consultant with CTAB, presented the awards to CNA-Q President Dr. Khalifa Al Khalifa at a ceremony at the College today. The certificates were awarded to the three-year diploma programs of Process Automation Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Chemical Processing Engineering Technology.

“These accreditations are extremely important for CNA-Q,” said Dr. Khalifa. “They validate the excellent work we are doing here at the College, and serve as a reminder that CNA-Q is an internationally recognized technical college, preparing CNA-Q’s students to be trained as innovative problem-solvers and technically competent workers who strive to meet Qatar’s evolving economic needs. These CTAB accreditations mean that CNA-Q programs meet, and exceed, an outstanding standard of education in the field of engineering technology.” The Process Automation Engineering Technology program has been re-accredited for a second time until 2020, and the Electrical Engineering Technology program has also been re-accredited until 2020. The Chemical Processing Engineering Technology program secured its first accreditation until 2021; and finally, Mechanical Engineering Technology also has garnered accreditation from CTAB until 2021. Established in 1982, the CTAB is a standing committee of The Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT). The board is charged with developing, coordinating and managing the national accreditation program for applied science and engineering technology programs internationally. While visiting the state-of-the-art College, Mr. Persaud also presented award certificates to the College’s engineering graduates who recently captured first place in the CTAB 2018 National Research/Technology Report Contest. Ahmed Saleh Al-Baker, Ahmed Ibrahim Al-Heidous & Mohammed Ahmad Al-Enazi won first prize for their report entitled “Natural Gas Liquid Recovery Plant Design, Simulation and Optimization.” The three are graduates of the Chemical Processing Engineering Technology Program at CNA-Q.

Each year CTAB holds a National Applied Research/Technology Report Contest for students from CTAB accredited programs. The quality of reports submitted certainly reflect the excellent education students are being exposed to,” said Candace Scott, Chair, CTAB. “CNA-Q students were among some of the top submittals this year and CTAB is pleased to announce that the first-place winner of the 2018 National Applied Research/Technology Report Contest was from College of the North Atlantic-Qatar. Congratulations to this year’s winners Ahmed Saleh Al-Baker, Ahmed Ibrahim Al-Heidous & Mohammed Ahmad Al-Enazi!” Graduates of CNA-Q, Ahmed Haseeb and Hassan Mouhsin, also received an honorable mention for their report “Design a Safety Control System for the Instrument Air Supply in a QAPCO Plant.” Ahmed and Hassan are graduates of the Process Automation Engineering Technology Program at CNA-Q. “This speaks not only to the high caliber of our students,” said Dr. Khalifa “But also to the excellent instruction they receive while at the College. This is proof that upon graduation our students are ready to compete on an international platform in their field. We are very proud of these winners.” Since its inception in 2002, CNA-Q has grown to offer 30 diploma and certificate programs, graduating thousands of students from full-time programs who have populated the workforce in Qatar or pursued further education. This year marks the 17th year that CNA-Q has been providing high-quality experiential technical education in Qatar to support the State’s strategic vision to educate, develop and retain young Qataris.



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