Her Highness Sheikha Moza attends QF’s convocation 2023 ceremony
Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, attended Qatar Foundation’s 2023 Convocation ceremony, as 874 Education City graduates celebrated the culmination of years of dedication to knowledge, discovery, and learning.
Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation, also attended the ceremony, together with ministers, diplomats, university presidents, deans and faculty, and the families of graduates.
The Convocation ceremony celebrated students of 77 nationalities – including 313 Qataris – who graduated this year from QF’s 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.
Her Highness 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. Her Excellency Sheikha Hind presented each Class of 2023 graduate with a special Education City-inspired, Qatar-designed piece of jewelry as a Convocation gift.
Her Excellency Buthaina bint Ali Al Jabr Al Nuaimi, Minister of Education and Higher Education, who attended the Convocation ceremony, said: “I congratulate the latest graduates of Qatar Foundation’s 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 nation’s workforce. Wherever their life will now take them, I wish every single one of them every success for the future.”
The keynote speech at this year’s Convocation ceremony was given by Professor Taha Abdurrahman, a visiting professor at several Moroccan universities and President of the Wisdom Forum for Thinkers and Researchers, 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.”
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 QF’s 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.
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