(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Fifty-seven students received their diplomas from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar (GU-Q) at a ceremony here.
The graduating class represented many nationalities. A group of students that included twenty two Qataris who received Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS), a unique, interdisciplinary programme that prepares students to tackle global issues of importance by providing them training in critical thinking, analytical and communication skills within an international context. The degree is available in International Politics, International Economics, Culture and Politics, or International History.
H E Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums (QM), was an honoured guest at the proceedings. Other guests included friends and families, as well as several Qatari dignitaries and Georgetown visitors from the Doha and main campus in Washington, DC.
John J DeGioia, President of Georgetown University in Washington, DC, conferred the degrees to the graduating class. He said: "On this special occasion to celebrate our graduating seniors, we are also so pleased to celebrate the ten year anniversary of our campus in Qatar. GU-Q represents the very best of our commitment to excellence and the conviction that, in working together, we can build a better world. As our seniors embark on the next step in their life's journey, I wish to express my warm congratulations and deep gratitude for their many contributions to our community over the past four years."
Dr Gerd Nonneman, the Dean of GU-Q, opened the ceremony. "This graduating class has the prestigious honour of marking Georgetown's first decade of excellence in Qatar, a class of young, hardworking, global citizens with the critical skillset needed to fulfill the ambitions of their communities. We are so proud of all of their accomplishments, and we look forward to the many more they will no doubt achieve as Georgetown alumni," he said. Nonneman also noted the incomparable leadership of Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Father Emir H H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, the Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, for their vision and dedication to human development through higher education.
The dean's opening remarks were followed by an address to the graduating seniors from the keynote speaker, Her Royal Highness, Princess Ghida Talal, Chairperson of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation.
Including the class of 2015, GU-Q has graduated 272 students representing more than 50 countries.
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