NU-Q class of 2015 graduate wins Education Excellence Award
Maha Al-Ansari has won a prestigious award recognising her achievements at Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q). The Education Excellence Awards – considered the highest academic honor for individuals and educational institutions in Qatar – are awarded annually by Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.
The complex selection process takes into account the overall performance of the applicants during their educational period, reviewing co-curricular activities such as athletic performance, and contribution to the community. Al-Ansari received a gold medal, which places her second in the university-level category.
Al-Ansari, who was the valedictorian of the Class of 2015, interned at Sports Illustrated in New York while a student at Northwestern and also worked as a sports analyst on QF Radio. She is the first Qatari to work at the beIN Sports English programs’ department, where she is currently an assistant journalist. “I hope to be a pioneer in the field of journalism, and help set the foundation for future generations. While excelling in education is definitely important, it is merely a stepping stone. It’s how you use that education in the future that makes all the difference,” said Al Ansari.