CNA-Q’s Top students celebrated at gala Awards event


Highest Achiever Scholarship presented to Saba Afreen

College of the North Atlantic – Qatar’s (CNA-Q) top students were rewarded for their academic achievements for last year, 2016-17, with a show-stopping awards ceremony held on Wednesday, November 15th. This year, 193 students were recognized for their academic achievement, which is one of the largest ceremonies in CNA-Q history.

The 15th annual Awards Ceremony was sponsored by ORYX GTL, for the fourth year. ORYX GTL offered four very special awards to students who demonstrate academic excellence as well as a commitment to leadership, entrepreneurship, sport, and health and wellness. Other awards presented during the ceremony included the Highest Achiever Scholarship, which was presented to Electrical Power Systems Technician student Saba Afreen for her 98.98 per cent weighted average. Scholarships were also awarded to the Highest Achievers from each of the College’s Schools: Business Studies - Amanda Mendes; Engineering Technology - Wissam Chahine; Health Sciences - Sameen Javlikar; Information Technology - Namreen Javlikar The Awards Ceremony opened with inspirational messages from CNA-Q President, Dr. Ken MacLeod, and Mr. Mohamed Al-Enazi, Chief Administrative Officer at ORYX GTL. The morning program is from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Dr. Latifa Al Houty Auditorium. The program will consist of keynote speaker, Dr. John Fien, Professor of Practice at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. He will speak on the topic of “Why Excellent Teachers and Trainers are Essential to Achieve High Quality, Relevant and Effective Schooling for All.” Following the keynote address, a panel discussion will take place, featuring post-secondary leaders from Qatar. Simultaneous translation will be provided.

“This is one of the most rewarding events of the year. It is a delight to see so many students acknowledged for their hard work and dedication to their studies,” said Dr. Ken MacLeod. “As educators, we feel a sense of fulfillment in knowing that we helped foster the success of our students so that they will have the skills to build bright futures for themselves. There is no doubt that our students will be the future leaders of this country.” “At ORYX GTL, we are passionate about education and firmly believe that the country’s young people are key to our future success,” said Mr. Mohamed Al-Enazi. “All of the students who received awards demonstrate the commitment, drive, desire and abilities to succeed. These qualities will serve them as leaders of tomorrow, as each and every one has a crucial role in helping Qatar achieve the National Vision 2030.” ORYX GTL is also the proud sponsor of the President’s Medal for Academic Excellence, which will be presented to top graduating students in May. CNA-Q’s World Teachers’ Day program is under the purview of the College’s UNESCO Chair on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TEVT) and Sustainable Development, Dr. Rupert Maclean. CNA-Q hosts the UNESCO-UNEVOC Centre on its campus, and it is a vital link between teacher enrichment and the UNESCO mandate in Qatar.



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