Posted on May 12, 2018

The best and brightest graduating students from College of the North Atlantic - Qatar (CNA-Q) were honoured at the ORYX GTL President’s Medal for Academic Excellence gala at the Sheraton Grand Doha Hotel, Thursday evening.

Medals were presented to 28 students who received the highest marks in their individual programs of all graduating students. Of those honoured, 18 achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average. CNA-Q President Dr. Ken MacLeod said: “These students can be justifiably proud of their achievements. They have worked hard, and are now ready to move forward in the next stage of their lives with confidence, whether it be further education or into the workforce. The education that our students received during their time at CNA-Q has been rooted in applied, experiential learning. No doubt the highly-qualified and technically-competent young men and women you see before you today are the future leaders of Qatar!”

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In addition to the Presidents’ Medals, ORXY GTL presented four Distinguished Graduate Awards to one student from each of the College’s academic schools – Business Studies, Engineering Technology, Health Sciences and Information Technology. The students were nominated by their Dean for achieving  exemplary academic standing and commitment to campus life, extracurricular activities and volunteerism. The President’s Medal for Academic Excellence has been awarded since the College’s inception, however it became a gala event five years ago when ORYX GTL became the official sponsor.

The sponsorship forms part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility program, which aims to promote and celebrate excellence in education. Corporate partnerships have been a mainstay at CNA-Q since 2002, with a large percentage of students sponsored by local industry partners and Ministries.

As the guest speaker for the event, Mr. Mohamed Al Enazi, Chief Administrative Officer at ORYX GTL, shared words of wisdom with the students: “It is your responsibility to contribute to society by reinvesting the extraordinary skills and talents which we are here to celebrate today. Not only will this make a positive contribution to your workplace, but it will strengthen the unity and success of the wider community. ORYX GTL is honored to be associated with this initiative, and we hope to leave a real and lasting academic and intellectual legacy for future generations - in keeping with the vision and goals of our country’s wise leaders.”

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The President’s Medal recipients and Distinguished Graduates will join their fellow students on Sunday, May 13 , 2018 for the 14th CNA-Q Graduation Ceremony at Sheraton Hotel. The graduation, under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, will see 444 graduates receive their parchment. CNA-Q is Qatar’s premier technical college, offering over 30 diploma programs in Business Studies, Engineering Technology, Health Sciences and Information Technology.   Since opening in 2002, over 6000 graduates have entered the labour market contributing to a knowledge-based economy and making the Qatar National Vision 2030 a reality.