HBKU Student Life Awards Recognize Outstanding Leadership and Community Service


A student receives her award.

Doha: In line with its goal of preparing students to be agents of change through transformative education, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) has honored the winners of the annual Student Life Awards for their outstanding contributions beyond the academia at a ceremony on March 28.

An initiative of HBKU’s student affairs, the awards aim to encourage students to be socially responsible through active involvement in community service and involvement, student leadership, and competitions.

Reem Abdulla Al Abduljabbar, Head of Student Engagement, chaired the awards ceremony, which was attended by HBKU leaders including college deans, faculty and the student community.

In keynote addresses, Dr. Michael J Benedik, HBKU Provost, and Hanan Al Thani, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, highlighted the importance of HBKU’s holistic education, shaping students as global citizens and offering unique opportunities to enrich their learning.

Commenting on the initiative, Noor Al Jassim, Director of Development at HBKU said, “The Student Life Awards align with HBKU’s efforts to nurture socially relevant values ​​that benefit our students as individuals but also enrich the wider community. We are very proud and truly inspired by the achievements of our winners. We received outstanding nominations, demonstrating the caliber of HBKU students, the enormous resilience and sense of social responsibility they continue to show, even amid recent challenges.

The 2022 awards recognized significant and impactful achievement in all areas of student life, including exemplary leadership, on campus and in the community at large, and excellence in athletic and academic events. The 11 winners each received a prize of QR 5,000.

The Leadership Award was presented to two students from the College of Islamic Studies (CIS), Sabika Shaban, for her efforts as the founder of Qatar Disability Resource (QADR), and Laura Sani, for her role in events and of conferences.

The Community Engagement Award was presented to Randa Al Yafie, from the College of Health and Life Sciences (CHLS), for his volunteer efforts in the COVID-19 laboratories at Hamad Hospital, and in Almaha Al Albuainain, from the College of Public Policy (CPP), for his active engagement with student leadership.

SIC students Sara Cherqaoui, Zainab Olowolagba and Ayodele Akande won the competition prize for achieving second place in the National CFA Institute research competition. The sports award was won by Aizhan Zhexenova, CPP, and Hendriyadi Daeng, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, for their leadership and efforts in competitive sports at HBKU.

The Community Service Award recognized Idris Mohammed, CHLS, for his active involvement in community volunteerism, and Bushra Faizi, CIS, for her volunteer work as a communication facilitator at Hamad Hospital.

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