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UCQ 2nd annual open house draws aspiring nurses

UToday HomeMarch 28, 2013

Isaac FamilySuzette Isaac likes the various career options that the nursing profession offers. Photos by John GulkaThe University of Calgary-Qatar staged its 2nd annual open house, attracting a number of Qatar residents interested in pursuing a nursing career.

“We are impressed and honored by the constant growth and interest in our nursing program.  More and more, people are realizing the variety of opportunities a nursing career offers,” says Lois Thornton, acting associate dean.

Abdal Rahman, a young Qatari who attended the event along with his father and grandfather, is keen on becoming a nurse. “I care about people and I am interested in health sciences.”

“My son really cares for people and loves to help them.  I know he will succeed as a nurse.  I am proud of him and support him in his career decision,” states Ramdan Rahman. 

“I want to help people and save lives,” says Suzette Isaac, a recent high school graduate who is also interested in being a nurse.  She admits to being influenced by her mother who is a dental assistant at Hamad Hospital.  “The University of Calgary has very high teaching standards, the instructors all come from Canada and the university has state-of-the art equipment and impressive facilities,” says Raiza Isaac.

Hamad Hospital, Sidra Medical and Research Center and Qatar Biobank representatives were on hand to provide information on student sponsorships.

“Qatar Biobank has relished meeting Qatar’s future leaders in nursing at the University of Calgary-Qatar’s Open House event. We are pleased to be collaborating with the University of Calgary-Qatar, which is renowned for its commitment to providing opportunities for aspiring nurses to gain entry to a profession that is central to Qatar’s development in the field of health,” says Qatar Biobank’s board representative.

“As part of this national development, Qatar Biobank is proud of its role as a driving force in developing research into the risk-factors for major health challenges in Qatar such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.”

Rahman FamilyAbdal Rahman gets support from his father and grandfather in his pursuit of a nursing degree.Qatar BiobankQatar Biobank offers sponsorship opportunities at the open house. 

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