CNA-Q partners with PHCC for Qatar National Sport Day


CNA-Q partners with PHCC for Qatar National Sport Day​

College of the North Atlantic-Qatar (CNA-Q) and Primary Healthcare Corporations (PHCC) came together to celebrate 2017 Qatar Sport Day, with a visit from H.E. Dr. Hanan Al Kuwari, Minister of Public Health.

Employees and their families from both organizations participated in various activities as well as sporting competitions that took place at CNA-Q’s sports facilities, including a Billiard’s tournament and football games, to name a few. New this year, the College hosted a family swim day and weight room workouts. Despite the rain, 100 people participated in a 5km walk/run around campus! Additionally, a medical team from PHCC was at hand providing biometric screening, medical consultations related to practicing physical activities and general advice. Fitness and wellness are hallmarks of the College’s philosophy to develop healthy, well-rounded contributors for Qatar’s workforce. Each week there are healthy living activities organized around campus to promote the importance of maintaining an active and fulfilling lifestyle all year long. "The Ministry of Education and Higher Education welcomes the new agreement and we are very pleased that the partnership continues. The signing opens new doors for collaboration in many potential areas," said H.E. Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Wahid Al Hamadi, Minister of Education and Higher Education, State of Qatar. H.E. Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, Chair of CNA-Q’s Joint Oversight Board, and Minister of Energy and Industry, State of Qatar said, “I have witnessed the growth of CNA-Q since its inception. It is gratifying to reflect on the College’s role in shaping Qatar’s post-secondary landscape in providing vital technical and vocational training for our youth. With the signing of the three-year Comprehensive Agreement we look toward the future and maintaining CNA-Q’s positive contribution to Qatar. This agreement reinforces the strong and friendly partnership between the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and CNA-Q. This partnership has successfully produced over 5000 highly skilled, technically-competent graduates for Qatar’s workforce who make daily contributions to the successful realization of Qatar’s 2030 National Vision.” “We are very pleased that the successful partnership between CNA and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education continues,” said Dr. Ken MacLeod, President, CNA-Q. “With the signing of this agreement we start the next chapter, launching into new programs, building more educational capacity, and evolving with the changing needs of our students and our business and industry stakeholders.

“At CNA-Q we pride ourselves on being able to provide more than quality education, but a complete lifestyle experience to better our students overall,” said CNA-Q President, Dr. Ken MacLeod. “This year in partnership with PHCC, we are able to make a big impact with the greater community and share our passion for wellness and an active lifestyle.” This is the sixth year that CNA-Q has celebrated National Sports Day. PHCC and CNA-Q have been long-time partners, stemming from the relationship built with the College’s School of Health Sciences. CNA-Q has nine programs which graduate students to be well-equipped allied healthcare professionals, of which many are mentored and trained at PHCC. Dr. Mariam Abdul Al Malek, Managing Director of PHCC, expressed her delight at the partnership between PHCC and CNA-Q, suggesting that educational establishments are considered the foundation platform for establishing a sports culture and a means to raise the community’s awareness of the importance of physical activities, which is a core objective of PHCC. Primary Healthcare is committed to raising awareness of the benefits of regular sports and physical activities, by promoting a healthy culture and urging citizens to take up the habit of exercising regularly, taking into account that regular sport nurtures healthy living. “Through strong partnerships, CNA-Q will continue to deliver a quality education to the future leaders of Qatar. I am pleased to see CNA-Q further its reputation as the premier technical college in Qatar,” said the Honourable Gerry Byrne, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. “The signing represents the continuation of the largest international post-secondary agreement ever awarded to a Canadian post-secondary institution.” The first Comprehensive Agreement between the State of Qatar and CNA was signed on September 30, ¬¬2001. The College opened in 2002, with 300 students and 11 programs. Now in the 15th academic year CNA-Q has more than 2100 full-time students enrolled in over 30 programs, and boasts nearly 5000 alumni. In addition, there are 2500 students enrolled part-time in an array of corporate training and development offerings. The campus offers Canadian curriculum taught by Canadian industry experts in four areas of applied learning: Business Studies, Engineering Technology, Health Sciences and Information Technology. Photo caption: Members of CNA-Q’s Joint Oversight Board in May 2016.



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