21 Aug 2017 - 2:15
HBKU welcomes largest incoming class to date
Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), recently welcomed a new batch of incoming students to the University’s academic programmes. With steady growth over the years, the rapidly emerging research University’s colleges opened their doors to the largest class to date, which is comprised of more than 250 incoming students. The University officially marked the start of the new academic year on August 20 at its orientation event, which was held under the theme of Hayakom at HBKU.
Dr Ahmad M. Hasnah, president of HBKU, congratulated the students and wished them the best in their academic journey at the University. He commented by saying: “HBKU is looking forward to being home to emerging global citizens that embody life-long learning skills such as innovative and critical thinking, an entrepreneurial spirit, and teamwork. These students chose HBKU because of the unique multidisciplinary programs and the research-intensive academic environment they will experience here. We are confident that their time at HBKU will shape them to become leaders and change-makers capable of pioneering innovative solutions that tackle grand challenges facing Qatar and the region.”
Students coming in to HBKU this year hail from 45 different countries, with 87 Qataris making up the largest percentage within the incoming cohort, which has 163 master’s and 62 PhD students, who will be starting their graduate studies this Fall. “These new entrants represent the goals and aspirations of the country, and are a depiction of how HBKU, as a homegrown university, is playing a role in shaping and inspiring the leaders of Qatar’s future. They are now dedicated to contributing to the nation’s knowledge base, and to tackling the country’s grand challenges,” Dr. Hasnah added.