ABP students elect student association representatives

 06 Nov 2016 - 10:46

ABP students elect student  association representatives
ABP officials with student association representatives

The Peninsula

Students at Qatar Foundation’s Academic Bridge Program (ABP) recently went to the polls, electing five candidates to serve in student Association. This is the first time after four consecutive years, voters chose a male as the Student Association President.

ABP student Fahad Jaber Al Thani won the election for the coveted position of President. He follows last year’s female President, Lamya Al Thani, and Wadad Al Jassim who was elected as President. Three years ago, Aisha Al Muhannadi became the first female Student Association President in ABP history.

She is now a Senior majoring in Communications at Northwestern University in Qatar.

Other ABP students JassimGhanim Al Thani and Tamder Al Naimi were named male and female Vice-Presidents, respectively. Mohammad Al Hashmi was elected as Vice–President Assistant for male and ALReem Salem Al Kuwari as Vice-President Assistant for female.

All candidates spoke at an assembly prior to the election. Fahad Al Thani explained during his speech when he said: “I wish to make this year full of achievements and success. I want to make sure the students will have access to anything they need to improve their skills academically, I will make sure to provide whatever is needed by the student body such as events, activities and new opportunities. I want to be able to offer an environment in which we can all unite as one team.”

Similar themes of increased opportunities and adequate representation of student voices were echoed by the other candidates as well. Vice-President, female, Tamder Al Naimi highlighted that she will be committed with all students needs, while Vice-President, male, Jassim Al Thani talked about his experience in student association at the secondary school level and he ended his speech by saying “I don’t run very often but when I do, it’s for Vice-President”.

ABP Student Association candidates are required to be in good academic standing with grades of no less than 70% in each subject. Those running for President must have even higher academic credentials, with no grades below 80% in any subject.  

Under the umbrella of the pre-university education ABP’s model academic curriculum; its student-focused support systems and activities, which include sports clubs, cultural clubs and social services and volunteering opportunities; in addition to the student association experience, help high school students to transition smoothly to university, and support QF on its mission to provide a complete education cycle with the aim of unlocking human potential and fostering a knowledge-based society.