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CNA-Q lines up activities to celebrate 10th anniversary.

CATHERINE W GICHUKI DOHA THE College of North Atlantic- Qatar (CNA-Q) on Monday unveiled a series of events to be held over a year to celebrate the college's 10th anniversary themed, "CNA-Q, A decade of excellence".

The announcement was made by CNA-Q President Dr Ken MacLeod on Monday at the first of the six events held on the campus on Monday. Besides the launch event, the other ones include a family day, charity event, national skills competition, global innovators conference and a gala dinner.

Minister of Education and Higher Education HE Saad bin Ibrahim al Mahmoud graced the occasion.

Students, staff, faculty, alumni and the visionaries who thought out and realised the plan for what is destined to become Qatar's premier technical vocational education and training college gathered to mark the campus' first decade.

Among the speakers on the occasion were Dr Ken MacLeod, Dr Latifa Ibrahim al Houty, Ann Marie Vaughan, president of CNA, and a CNA-Q student leader.

New logo to commemorate this important achievement was also unveiled at the function.

Speaking at the event, MacLeod said throughout the school year 2012-2013, the college would celebrate this achievement with six 10th anniversary events designed to celebrate the past, present and future of an institute that mirrors Qatar's rapid growth and ambitious goals.

"The CNA-Q's 10th anniversary logo was inspired by the concept of a medal, a universal symbol of reward for the hard work and dedication of the visionaries, leaders, professors, staff, students, alumni, business partners and community members who make up the CNA-Q community," said MacLeod "The Arabesque design motif and the use of the Qatari national colour speak of unity across cultures in pursuit of excellence," MacLeod added.

Dr Latifa Ibrahim al Houty, one of the founders of Qatar's first technical college said, "We have come so far since our 2002 opening in a temporary campus in Al Rayyan with 300 students and 50 staff," Her Highness Sheikha Moza envisioned a technical college that would put Qatar on the world map by producing competent future leaders in industry, and ten years later, we have 3,000 graduates who are helping to shape our country's economic and development goals for future generations." President of CNA Ann Marie Vaughan said that the college was offering opportunity to students to experience Canadian education in Qatar.

CNA-Q student leader Alia al Kuwari said that CNA-Q has given her an opportunity to meet other cultures.

The 'Family Day' will be held on October 20 at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) Park, from 10 am to 5 pm. The CNA-Q community and the public are invited to this festive day of entertainment, outdoor games and activities for children and adults, and have the opportunity to sample the cuisines from around the world at a food court with dozens of booths.

Performances staged throughout the day will include national dances and hip hop by children's groups and individual performers.

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Date:Oct 9, 2012
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