The Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI) held its inaugural graduation ceremony last night under the patronage of HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser al-Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior. The event took place in the attendance of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs HE Ahmad bin Abdullah bin Zaid al-Mahmoud as well as several high-level Qatari government officials.
Beginning with the Qatari national anthem, the ceremony celebrated 101 graduates from 10 different Master's programs in social sciences, humanities, public administration and development economics. HE Dr. Mohammad bin Abdul Wahid Al Hammadi, Minister of Education and Higher Education, offered opening remarks followed by a speech by Dr. Azmi Bishara, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Later, Dr. Yasir Suleiman Malley, Acting President of the DI addressed the graduates. In addition, two graduates gave speeches on behalf of Class of 2017, Hamad Al Muhanadi, Politics and International Relations; and Farah Ali, Media and Cultural Studies.
The graduating batch represents two schools: School of Social Sciences and Humanities, and School of Public Administration and Development Economics. Graduates have successfully completed their studies in one of 10 graduate programs: Politics and International Relations, Sociology and Anthropology, Linguistics and Arabic Lexicography, Media and Cultural Studies, History, Comparative Literature (Arabic-Western), Philosophy, Public Administration, Public Policy and Development Economics.