Georgetown Graduate Wins Platinum at Education Excellence Award Day

Mar 12, 2020

Khalid Abdulhamed Marafi, a graduate of Qatar Foundation partner Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q), won the platinum Education Excellence award at the 13th Education Excellence Day Award ceremony. Held under the theme “Excellence Builds Generations,” the award ceremony honored exceptional Qataris who have made an important impact through academics and community service.

Khalid, who graduated with a degree in International Economics from GU-Q in 2019, accepted the award from the Amir, His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, and took part in a majlis where His Highness praised the gold and platinum award winners for their hard work, and encouraged them to continue making a positive difference in the country’s future.

Now working at HSBC as part of the bank’s global graduate program where he engages with international banking clients, Khalid credits his GU-Q education for his successful career start. “The Georgetown curriculum provided me with rigorous training in economics, as well as in global perspectives, and gave me an understanding of the relationships between countries, cultures, and people. So now I know how to interact with people of different backgrounds, and how to make those connections. That has really been a valuable asset for me in my current role.”

His longer term goal, he says, is to contribute to the diversification of Qatar’s economy. “I feel strongly that we can enhance financial markets, bring in international investors, and empower Qatar’s economy in innovative ways for sustainable development.” He’s also keeping the possibility of pursuing a Ph.D. open, “because I enjoy teaching, and I want to give back to my community since so much has been invested in me.”

A dedicated student while an undergraduate earned acceptance into Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international honor society for economics. Khalid also took on various leadership roles, helping organize major conferences and events. As a rising scholar, Khalid was part of a student group that won a research grant from the Qatar National Research Fund for an Undergraduate Research Experience Program project proposal titled “Baladna: Everyday Articulations of Qatari Self-Sufficiency in the Wake of the Siege.”

The 13th Education Excellence Day Award ceremony 2020 took place at Doha Sheraton Hotel and was attended by key government figures, senior officials in the education and research sector, and families of the honored students. Qatar celebrates the Education Excellence Day every year, with winners recognized in each school category, including primary, preparatory, secondary, university graduates, master’s degree holders, and doctoral degree holders, as well as nominations for Outstanding Teacher, Outstanding School, and Outstanding Scientific Research awards.

About Georgetown University in Qatar

Established in 1789 in Washington, DC, Georgetown University is one of the world’s leading academic and research institutions. Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q), founded in 2005 in partnership with Qatar Foundation, seeks to build upon the world-class reputation of the university through education, research, and service. Inspired by the university’s mission of promoting intellectual, ethical, and spiritual understanding, GU-Q aims to advance knowledge and provide students and the community with a holistic educational experience that produces global citizens committed to the service of humankind.

Located in Doha’s Education City, GU-Q offers the same internationally recognized Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree as Georgetown’s Capitol Campus in Washington, DC. This unique, interdisciplinary program prepares students to tackle the most important and pressing global issues by helping them develop critical thinking, analytic, and communication skills within an international context. GU-Q alumni work in leading local and international organizations across industries ranging from finance to energy, education, and media. The Qatar campus also serves as a residency and delivery location for the Executive Master’s in Emergency and Disaster Management along with the Executive Master’s in Leadership.

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