Posted on December 23, 2014

Three hundred and twenty-eight (328) students named on the Honor Roll of Qatar University (QU) Vice President and Chief Academic Officer were honored at male and female ceremonies on December 22. 265 female and 63 male students across QU colleges were celebrated for achieving GPA 3.5 and above for the Fall and Spring semesters in the academic year 2013-14. VP and Chief Academic Officer Dr Mazen Hasna applauded the students’ achievement, and presented their certificates in the presence of their parents, members of QU leadership, deans, heads of departments, and faculty.

The events also included students’ meet-and-greet with Guest of Honor Qatari writer Abdul Aziz Al Mahmoud who signed copies of his books, including his new novel “The Holy Sail”. In his remarks, Dr Hasna said: “It is a great honor to celebrate our students for their distinguished achievements, their hard work and dedication to succeed. This event highlights Qatar University’s commitment to maximizing its students’ potential, and giving them the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to become future leaders, and contribute to Qatar’s outstanding growth and development.”

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Mr Al Mahmoud expressed his pride in the students’ distinction, which he said allows them to accomplish their goals and aspirations, and contribute to building Qatar’s growth and a knowledge-based economy. “If we do not make our own history, somebody else will make it for us,” Mr Al Mahmoud said. He also gave the students a brief about “The Holy Sail”, a fictional story which chronicles the medieval world of Lisbon, Cairo, Jeddah and Istanbul. The novel uses historical research methods while engaging readers in a tale of love and honor. He also noted the importance of  reading which he said will serve to contribute to the country’s cultural development and growth.