Under the patronage and in the presence of HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani, the University of Doha for Science and Technology (UDST) held the graduation ceremony of the Class of 2022 on Tuesday.
This was the first graduation ceremony of UDST after it became a national university as well as the 18th graduation since the establishment of the academic institution.
A total of 477 students of the Class of 2022 graduated at the ceremony which was also attended by HE the Speaker of the Shura Council Hassan bin Abdulla al-Ghanem, in addition to a number of ministers, heads of diplomatic missions, president and members of the Board of Trustees, academics, members of the administrative and teaching staff and the parents of the graduates.
UDST president Dr Salem Al-Naemi handed over the certificates to the graduates.
HE the Minister of State for Energy Affairs Saad bin Sherida al-Kaabi, the guest speaker at the event, exhorted the students to excel in their future activities and contribute to the betterment of the country.
“Let knowledge lead you, and constantly search for it, as it will drive your success, wisdom and innovation.
Learn from your mistakes as well as from your successes.
Be humble and appreciate the achievements of others around you.
Take care of your colleagues, support each other and cooperate with each other, and be the positive energy and role models for future generations,” said the minister.
Earlier, Dr Al-Naemi welcomed the gathering and highlighted the achievements of the institution over the last 20 years.
“UDST is the frontrunner in the country in vocational training and the university has been undertaking a major role by providing highly qualified graduates in various fields of according to the needs of the country.
The university has graduated more than 7,000 students dedicated to serve Qatar locally and internationally.
UDST hosts more than 5,000 students across its four Colleges.
They represent more than 70 nationalities reflecting a diversified community that shares the love of learning and works together for a better future,” he explained.
"UDST is a student-oriented university, we believe in the ability of our students and we put 20 years of technical and vocational education and training experience in Qatar at their service.
We work on developing their skills and knowledge, and we encourage them to achieve and perform at their best.
Our aim is to help them self-develop and seek innovation that serves society and achieves sustainability under the Qatar National Vision 2030.
The university has developed and actioned strategies in partnership with leading private and public entities which resulted in the reveal of multiple unique projects and the launch of new programs that respond to the requirements of the labour market,” added, Dr Al-Naemi.
UDST’s first graduation ceremony witnessed the first cohort of Applied Master’s Degree holders in Diabetes Care and Patient Education.
Students graduated from over 62 programmes, which are each tailored to the needs of Qatar’s economy.
The number of graduates in each discipline is: 115 from Business Management, 39 from Computing and Information Technology, 245 from Engineering Technology, 78 from Health Sciences.
During the ceremony, a documentary retracing a 20-year legacy of the academic institute and the transformation that led to the establishment of the first applied university in Qatar, was screened.
The unique programmes at UDST are: Business Administration in Banking and Financial Technology, Data and Cyber Security, Respiratory Therapy, Medical Radiography, Digital Communication and Media Production, Engineering - Applied Electrical Power and Renewable Energy, Construction Engineering, Engineering - Applied Automation and System Control Engineering.