DOHA THE College of the North Atlantic in Qatar (CNAQ) held ‘Family Day’, a day-long event comprising games, live music and a giant birthday cake at the Museum of Islamic Art Park on Saturday.
The main objective of the event was to celebrate the College’s 10th anniversary.
Speaking to Qatar Tribune, Dr Ken MacLeod, president of CNAQ, said, “Today’s event recognises the role CNAQ played and this is our way of giving back to the community, particularly families. There are parents who brought their children to CNAQ. Many alumni out there are married by now and have families of their own, and raising their families in Qatar. So, it is recognition of the role the family plays in the success of any educational institution.” CNAQ’s 10th anniversary was actually in September.
But the school administration decided to hold 10 months of celebration, one for each of the 10 years. The series of celebrations began in October, and will include a major event every month leading up to May, when the College will hold a gala event. The celebration is collectively known as the ‘Year of Success’.
Elaborating on the gala event, MacLoud said, “This event will conclude our celebration.
A number of VIPs from Canada and Qatar will take part in it.” Before the CNAQ was inaugurated 10 years ago, Her Highness Sheikha Moza commissioned a small group of people in Qatar. It includes Dr Latifa Ibrahim al Houty, currently vice-chair of CNAQ’s executive committee, and Dr Mohammed Fathy A Saoud, an executive committee member as well as being the President of Qatar Foundation, to put together a small team to look for technical colleges across the world. They eventually formed a partnership with the College of the North Atlantic, based in Canada.
“This group of founders came together and did all the hard work over the last 10 years to set up this college.
Some of those founders will be present at the gala, and in fact one of our main objectives throughout these celebratory events is to recognise the founders. At the gala, one of our main focuses will be to recognise the people who worked so hard to put CNAQ in place,” MacLeod said.
Discussing the College’s achievements over the last decade, MacLoud said, “Ten years of success is something. It is time to look at the past, the present and the future. We’re looking at the past in terms of recognising our founders. And looking at the present where we have over 2,000 students at CNAQ. And looking at the future, say the next 10 years, where we are as crucial to the country’s development today as we were 10 years ago.”