Sept. 19, 2023
University of Calgary in Qatar welcomes students with heartwarming 'Welcome Back' event
In a vibrant kickoff to the academic year, the University of Calgary in Qatar (UCQ) extended a warm embrace to 200 eager students during its highly anticipated Welcome Back event.
The gathering set an inviting tone for the upcoming semester, with its central theme focused on the spirit of Friends. The occasion not only showcased UCQ’s dedication to its students but also underscored its commitment to fostering a sense of unity and camaraderie.
The event commenced with an enthusiastic welcome back from the Director of Student Services, Mr. Hassan Kandar, whose words of encouragement set the stage for a memorable day.
Following Mr. Kandar's address, UCQ's President, Professor Hala Sultan Al-Easa, officially welcomed the students and reminded them of the profound significance and potential that awaits them throughout their academic journey. Professor Hala also had the privilege of introducing and extending a warm welcome to the new dean of UCQ, Dr. Janet Rankin, who joined from the main campus in Calgary. Dr. Janet shared an inspirational poem she had written for the students, adding a heartwarming layer to the day.
The event continued with the distribution of certificates to students who had participated in the Best Performance Spotlight Organization (BPSO) program, recognizing their dedication and outstanding contributions. Additionally, select students were presented with gifts in recognition of their active participation in the 2022-23 Student Satisfaction Survey, a survey that yielded exceptional results, reflecting the thriving campus culture, excellent academic program and outstanding student engagement.
The formal presentations concluded with Ms. Aminah Kandar, the manager of marketing and communications, presenting the highly anticipated 2023 Digital Ad video. This captivating video featured enlightening discussions between UCQ students and alumni, offering a glimpse into UCQ's vibrant campus life, its dedication to academic excellence and its dedication to fostering meaningful connections.
The heart of the event included interactive activities, offering students the perfect opportunity to reconnect with their peers and immerse themselves in rich cultural experiences and fun-filled engagements. The event featured several stations, including lovely henna design, creative face painting, a delightful photo booth to capture cherished memories, and an ice-cream machine offering a sweet treat. And, true to UCQ's tradition, delicious food was provided.
The Welcome Back event not only marked a great start to the academic year, but also cultivated a spirit of togetherness and fellowship among its student body. As they embarked on the new semester, the theme of friendship and fun resonated strongly with UCQ’s students, promising a year filled with memorable experiences and lasting friendships.