DOHA: The Academic Bridge Programme (ABP) started a season of celebration yesterday to mark the 15th year as the premier foundational setting in the successful Qatar Foundation (QF) cycle of education.
The launch was attended by ABP students, faculty and staff.
Under the theme ‘Fifteen Years of Bridging Success’, the launch is the first of special events ABP will organise to mark the occasion.
There will be series of roundtable discussions to highlight the successful performance of the programme and its graduates and a spring charity carnival.
Events will culminate with the 15th Year Alumni Celebration and ABP’s 15th Graduation Ceremony.
Established in 2001, ABP has developed a rigorous two-semester curriculum focused on developing English, math, science and computer skills, with a focus on nurturing useful academic skills such as time management, test taking and independent study skills.
A wide variety of extra-curricular activities and a co-educational setting have encouraged young men and women to develop important personal and social skills that have helped them to succeed, personally and academically, particularly in Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) partner universities or in universities where English is the primary teaching language. “We work hard to stress the importance of responsibility, punctuality, respect, honesty, integrity and hard work. We help (students) to develop goals for themselves and provide assistance and support they need to achieve them.
“Increasing a student’s self-confidence is of vital importance to his/her success at the university level,” said Dr Bryan Lewallen, Director, ABP.
“Our colleagues from HBKU’s partner universities often tell us that students they receive from ABP are some of the most well-prepared members of the freshman class. They are better organised, more mature, responsible and better prepared to be successful at the university than many students who enter the university directly after high school.
“This is gratifying to us at ABP because it shows that we are well on our way to achieving our mission,” Dr Lewallen said.
With over 90 percent of ABP’s graduates successfully enrolling in English-speaking universities in Qatar and abroad, it is clear that for the past 15 years, ABP has successfully helped high school students cross over to higher education by providing a tailored, holistic and student-centred programme that develops and enhances their academic, personal, social and cultural skills.
Source: The Peninsula