Qatar Government Officials Enjoy UCLan Graduation Ceremony

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) was delighted to host senior Government of Qatar officials to witness the graduation of 15 sponsored Qatari students at the 2019 Degree and Award Ceremony.

Major Abdulrahman Ahmed Al-Ibrahim of the Ministry of the Interior, Brigadier Eassa Arar Al-Rumaihi (Director of Airport Security), Dr Kamel Zerzour of the Qatar Defence Office, Dr Fahad Al-Kuwari Assistant Cultural Attache and Staff Brigadier (Air Force) Hamad bin Jassim Al Marri were welcomed to the University’s Preston City Campus on 16 July to witness the inaugural graduation at the Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre.

The attendance of the senior officials and the elaborate celebrations were justified and well-deserved because the group of Qatari students were graduating with ten First Class degrees and five Upper Second Class degrees in Airport Security Management. These achievements were certainly worth rolling out the red carpet for and were a nod of acknowledgement to the combination of the students’ hard work and excellent teaching provided by ONCAMPUS and UCLan staff.

The students initially commenced their studies at foundation level with UCLan ONCAMPUS, being taught by Lynda Hannam, Deputy Centre Head. The students then successfully progressed to their undergraduate studies within the School of Forensic and Applied Sciences. Academic colleagues, Michaela Preddy and Stephen Riley, worked closely with the students and supported them in all aspects of their studies. Lynda and Stephen were also present to proudly watch as the students graduated.

Students graduating

Students at graduation

The party of Qatari officials began their day with a welcome meeting with Deputy Vice Chancellor Liz Bromley before meeting with the Head of the School of Forensic and Applied Sciences, Professor Michael Mulqueen and academic colleagues Ian Palmer and Stephen Riley. The group were then taken to Preston’s Olive Tree Brasserie for lunch with Alison Denton (Director of International Recruitment) and Jill Palmer (Regional Manager – MENA) before the graduation ceremony took place later that afternoon.

The relationship between UCLan and the Ministry of Higher Education of Qatar began five years ago when the Ministry approached the University about the provision of an undergraduate programme in Airport Security Management. The aim was to prepare and equip its students with the skills required in-country with a particular focus on the preparation for the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The relationship is paying dividends with the graduating cohort of students achieving strong academic results.

Students at graduation

22 August 2019