Ninety three new Bachelor of Nursing students were greeted recently as part of the University of Calgary-Qatar’s Orientation – known as UCQ 101.
The Associate Dean Academic, Dr. Kim Critchley congratulated the new students on their admission into this challenging field of study. Of the new enrollments, ten are Qatari nationals and the remaining students originate from more than 20 countries including Canada, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan and Tunisia. Eighty are female and thirteen are male. The new batch of students increases the current student body to 315 – the highest enrollment to date at UCQ.
UCQ students are able to complete a Bachelor of Nursing degree through a variety of streams including regular track for recent high school graduates, a part time program for working nurses and a diploma program. The university will offer a Masters program starting in January 2013.
Dr. Critchley explained what it means to undertake a demanding journey and described the significance for individuals entering the profession of nursing. “We are extremely excited to have you here and we are privileged that you have chosen UCQ to pursue your career in nursing. You will learn excellent technical and communication skills so that you are able to work efficiently with your fellow students and expertly with families, communities and healthcare colleagues. You will be advocates for a healthy nation and the leaders in healthcare innovation.”
She went on to say, “The State of Qatar will be enriched by your contributions. Your nursing degree will open a variety of doors for you that will offer you challenges and rewards beyond your dreams.”
The focus of UCQ 101 is to give new students the opportunity to meet classmates and to learn about the university’s commitment to a successful and rewarding student experience. Student support systems are in place offering expert teaching and research faculty, dedicated programs such as the Foundation Program, the Learning Commons and Writing Centre, and the Clinical Simulation Lab. There is also an active student life with opportunities to join student government, environmental, debating, or ambassador clubs.
The students were engaged and enthusiastic about the upcoming academic year. Hany Ibrihim, a first year student claimed “UCQ101 was very exciting for us and the university seems extremely welcoming for us.”
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