HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser
HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, attended on Wednesday the Qatar Foundations 2023 Convocation ceremony.
HE Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani also attended the ceremony, together with ministers, diplomats, university presidents, deans and faculty, and the families of graduates. The ceremony featured 874 Education City graduates from various universities of Education City, embodying a landmark moment in their lives culminating years of dedication to knowledge, discovery, and learning.
The Convocation ceremony celebrated students of 77 nationalities including 313 Qataris who graduated this year from QFs Hamad Bin Khalifa University and its partner universities, as they walked through the door to the future, a traditional convocation moment symbolizing the start of the next stage in their journey.
In addition, HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser honored 16 graduates from across Education City who won Al Ihsan awards, recognizing their efforts in achieving academic excellence and demonstrating the leadership, innovation, and creativity that allows them to contribute to the world and empower others. HH Sheikha Hind presented each Class of 2023 graduate with a special Education City-inspired, Qatar-designed piece of jewelry as a Convocation gift.
HE Minister of Education and Higher Education Buthaina bint Ali Al Jabr Al Nuaimi who attended the Convocation ceremony, said: "I congratulate the latest graduates of Qatar Foundations ecosystem of education at this very special time in their lives, as they prepare to enter the next stage of their journey.
"For so many of these graduates, the next step on their path will see them make valuable contributions to the development of Qatar as they bring their talent into our nations workforce. Wherever their life will now take them, I wish every single one of them every success for the future," she said.
The keynote speech at this years Convocation ceremony was given by a visiting professor at several Moroccan universities and President of the Wisdom Forum for Thinkers and Researchers Professor Taha Abdurrahman, who described to the Class of 2023 some of the ethics they should demonstrate in making the transition from education to their careers.
"The biggest challenge that faces these graduates does not lie exclusively in the transition from studying and training to work, but in the ascension to creativity at work which happens thanks to what I call entrustment ethics," he said.
"These ethics are distinguished by two types of moral values. The first type are horizontal values that are limited by the material prospects of the outside world; and the second type are vertical values that go beyond these material prospects.
"And since it is inevitable that a graduate who is seeking work will go through the hiring process, there will be, according to entrustment ethics, three horizontal values of this process choice, responsibility, and utility and three vertical values, which are goodness, trustworthiness, and wisdom.
"This means it is imperative for the graduate to strive to connect these horizontal and vertical values, to be able to ascend to creativity in their work." he pointed out.
The ceremony also featured a performance by the spoken-word poet Amjad AlNoor who advocates for preserving the Arabic language through fun, rap-style poetry. The performance involved dialogue between two versions of Amjad and himself, on screen and on stage, where he interpreted QF students journey, values, and passion for giving back to their community.
The Class of 2023 joins a network of more than 8,000 QF alumni who have learned and grown within QFs unique ecosystem, which has provided them with world-class education in fields ranging from medicine, engineering, art and design, communication, and international affairs, to Islamic studies, law and public policy, computing, humanities and social sciences, and business. During their time at QF, they have benefited from opportunities for cross-cultural understanding, exploring new fields and interests, expanding their skills and mindsets, and identifying their future paths.