An amendment to legislation in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador means that both the College of the North Atlantic (CNA) and its affiliate campus, College of the North Atlantic – Qatar (CNA-Q), have approval to grant applied degrees.
The Minister of Advanced Education and Skills for Newfoundland and Labrador, The Honorable Mr. Gerry Byrne, who is in Qatar to attend CNA-Q’s 14th and largest graduation ceremony this week, said the ability to grant degrees, “will assist CNA and CNA-Q in expanding programming and increasing enrolment, and help ensure the College’s ability to meet the growing demand by employers for colleges of applied learning to be able to grant students a degree level credential.”
“This is a significant step forward for our team in Qatar,” said CNA President Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan. “Students will have a pathway that enables them to get a degree, but still be able to benefit from CNA-Q’s focus on applied learning that is so engaging for students and appealing to employers. It will provide students and their employers with the best of both worlds.”
The news was welcomed by the College’s leadership in Qatar. Dr. Ken MacLeod, CNA-Q President, said, “Students and parents have been asking for degrees to be offered at CNA-Q for a long time. This legislation provides us the opportunity to meet the expectations of Qatar’s youth and their parents, while still maintaining our focus on applied learning and meeting the needs of the workforce of Qatar while achieving the goals of the Qatar National Vision 2030.”
Dr. MacLeod added there are still many details to be worked through; including the structure of the degrees to be offered, when the first class would be enrolled, and which programs would be included the first year. He added, “We will be working closely with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Qatar to meet their requirements so we can move forward on this exciting development as quickly as possible.”
CNA-Q currently offers 30 programs in four schools: Information Technology, Business Studies, Engineering Technology, and Health Sciences. The College is graduating 547 students on Tuesday in a gala ceremony at Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC).
College of the North Atlantic in Newfoundland Labrador has more than 25,000 students at 17 campuses. CNA-Q was opened in 2002 to meet the ambitious goals of the Qatar National Vision 2030. As the second largest post-secondary school in Qatar, and the largest Canadian educational institution operating overseas, CNA-Q now has more than 2500 full time students and has graduated over 4000 students
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