Doha, August 03, 2015 –The Academic Bridge Program (ABP), a center of Qatar Foundation organized an orientation for approximately 250 new students on Wednesday, August 5th and Thursday, August 6th, from 9:00am to 1:00pm in the Learning Resources Center (LRC) of the ABP’s Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) Building, in Education City.
During orientation, the class of 2016 was introduced to the ABP’s facilities, policies and activities, as well as, to the administrators, faculty and staff who will be working closely with the students throughout the upcoming academic year. A College Information session, a Goal-setting and Reflection session, an Academic Integrity session and a Community Building activity were also part of the program.
Around 80% of this year’s students are Qatari and the rest of the students come from around 27 different countries (Bahrain, Bulgaria, Gambia, France, India, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UK, the USA and others). Nearly 75% of this year’s class is female.
Commenting on the start of the ABP’s 15th academic year, ABP Director, Dr. Bryan Lewallen, said, “This is a very special year for the Academic Bridge Program, as we celebrate our 15th Anniversary! Last year was the most successful, in regards to university admissions, in the history of the ABP. We have yet another excellent group of students this year and hope that the Class of 2016 will set the bar even higher for academic success and admission offers to universities in Qatar and abroad.” He also added that, “Our excellent faculty and staff are looking forward to beginning this school year, which will see both the reaccreditation of our academic program by the Commission on English Language Programs (CEA) in the United States and the renovation of our beautiful Liberal Arts and Science Building.”
The two-day orientation program began with an introductory welcome from Dr. Lewallen. This was followed by a presentation by Mr. Ahmad Al Jassim, ABP Student Affairs Events Coordinator (on behalf of Ms. Moza Al Boainain, Assistant Director for Student Services), explaining the ABP Student Services’ policies & activities. Students were then introduced to the library and the LRC, given a tour of the ABP’s LAS building and attended a College Information session.
The second day of orientation started with a presentation outlining the keys to success by Dr. Mark Newmark, Assistant Director for Academic Affairs. When asked about the current academic year, Dr. Mark Newmark commented that “we are seeing several neat, new developments in this, the 15th year of the ABP.” He went on to detail two of those developments.”
Inspired by the success of a new English course last year, the ABP is introducing a new computer course this year, a course that teaches students the fundamentals of computer programming. Another great new development is the creation of a Student Support Team, headed by Mr. Mutassim AwadAllah, the ABP’s Learning and Resource Center (LRC) Coordinator. The Student Support Team will help ensure that all students are offered the individual support they need to succeed.”
Mr. Hassan Zeidan, Admissions & Records Coordinator then explained the ABP calendar, marking periods, grades and report cards.
It is worth mentioning that all the new students took an “Accuplacer” (placement) test, either on the 3rd or the 4th of August. The ABP Department Supervisors then use these test results to place each student in a level that is most suitable to their academic level in English, math, science and computer skills.
Since its establishment, 20 years ago, Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) has devoted itself to the discovery, nurture and enhancement of Qatar’s human capital. To unlock Qatar’s human potential and achieve a knowledge-based economy, Qatar Foundation has provided a complete educational cycle that promotes a culture of research, inquiry and critical thinking, and that encourages students to become resourceful, innovative and active members of their communities. The ABP delivers an important link in the complete educational progression provided, by facilitating the transition from high school to university. While students coming up through the many Qatar Foundation high schools have a strong academic base that allows them to successfully enroll in one of the high-quality HBKU partner institutions, some students benefit from an additional year of development. Those candidates, and others from independent and private high schools in Qatar, find the setting at the ABP to augment their abilities and increase their success at the next level.
Over 2500 students have graduated from the ABP, since its inception in 2001. Approximately 90% of the ABP graduates have gone on to attend English language universities in Qatar or abroad. This year, the program welcomes three new international faculty members, from the United Kingdom, Uruguay/Italy, and the United States. All of the ABP faculty members have experience ranging from seven years to 25 years, with an average of 15 years of experience. Most have one or more master’s degrees and five have doctorate degrees.
The Academic Bridge program has extended its admissions deadline to Thursday, August 13th, 2015. Information about admission to the ABP may be found at www.abp.edu.qa or by e-mailing ABPAdmission@qf.org.qa.