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UCQ likely to begin Master’s in Nursing next year: Dean

AILYN AGONIA

DOHA THE University of Calgary in Qatar (UCQ) is likely to commence a Masters programme in nursing by next year, said Dr Carolyn Byrne, dean of the institution. Speaking to Qatar Tribune on the sidelines of the UCQ’s convocation ceremony for its Fall 2011 graduates on Monday, Byrne said the university will hire additional faculty members as part of the provisions for the new programme.

She said the UCQ currently has about 40 faculty members teaching nursing, English and foundation programmes to 184 students. “The UCQ is always concerned about its graduates. We have many of them asking for Master’s programme. We are currently working on that to meet their needs.

We are going to announce a Master’s programme soon, hopefully next year. At present, we are working with the University of Calgary main campus to make sure we bring the programme here in line with the needs of the society,” she said. The school honoured four of the students who graduated from the nursing programme for their excellent achievements.

The graduates were Adaobi Bob-Ume, Aisha al Ali, Aisha Hamad Saif al Qahtani and Nada al Sharshani. Three of them attended the convocation held in Canada earlier in November. “We are also celebrating the performance of these four highly skilled nurses who will contribute to the healthcare system in Qatar. The UCQ’s pledge is to enrich health and wellness in the Qatar and we believe that is being partly fulfilled with our four graduates who are already playing key roles in hospitals and other healthcare organisations,” said Hissa al Aali, associate director of College of Nursing Project. Also present on the occasion was Canadian Ambassador to Qatar HE Gary Luton, embassy officials and a delegation from University of Calgary main campus.

“It is interesting to know that we have a huge delegation from Alberta this week. This shows the growing link between Canada, particularly Alberta province, and Qatar. We have two active institutions in Doha, the UCQ and the College of North Atlantic Qatar. We are happy about the cooperation between the institutions and Qatar University, and other students’ programmes in Canada,” said Ambassador Luton. The envoy said that the embassy hoped to send more students from Qatar to Canada.

He said that about 120 students benefited in the programme last summer. He also said that the embassy would soon conduct a formal survey to register Canadians residing in Qatar. According to him, there are about 5,000 Canadians in Qatar.

Special guests on the occasion were Senior Trade Commissioner at the Canadian Foreign Affairs and International Trade John Rodney, Trade Commissioner at the Embassy of Canada in Qatar Susan Kurdli and Dr Suzanne Robertson Malt from Sidra.


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