A British university grants a Saudi scholar a doctorate posthumously

Dr. Amal Fatani, the Saudi cultural attaché in the United Kingdom, directed a team from the attaché to attend the graduation ceremony of late doctoral student Turki Al-Khanfari Al-Qahtani from the Department of Management at the British University of Birmingham, who died before graduating after a struggle with cancer.

The representatives of the attaché thanked the Birmingham University administration, expressing their gratitude for this noble position, which will have a significant impact on his family and colleagues.

“My husband was my first supporter during the scholarship and provided the facilities and support, after God, for me to finish my studies. We studied together at the master’s level in human resources at the University of Stirling in Britain, and there was very close cooperation between us until we graduated.” Dr. Munira, the wife of the late scholarship recipient said in an interview with

During the same conversation, Dr. Munira recounted the story of her husband’s illness in the first year of his Ph.D. She explained how the discovery of his illness was a pivotal point in his family’s life. This required increased cohesion to achieve this point, which was never easy because of his illness. However, he did not let it deter him from continuing his education, and he continued to please his family with extraordinary efforts.

Patience & determination

She also added, “I learned from my husband patience, persistence, determination, and trust in God in everything to achieve goals, and that seeking knowledge is an honor that can only be attained by those who grant it success”.

Graduation Stage

Dr. Munira is currently working as an assistant professor in the College of Economics and Administrative Sciences at Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University. Her husband was behind the excellence and achievement that she achieved after God. Knowledge.

Thus, despite his struggle with the disease, he continued to draft the letter, recording his thoughts and working with others until the letter was completed. It took 8 years and was a challenging undertaking, as it involved postponement, interruption, and then a return.

While she posted a tweet on her official account on Twitter expressing her pride and the pride of her children and all family members of their father and thanking the Saudi Embassy for its efforts in caring for the Kingdom’s children abroad based on the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and his Crown Prince.

It is noteworthy that Al-Qahtani obtained a bachelor’s degree from the College of Administrative Sciences from King Saud University in 2003, majoring in political science, and a master’s degree in 2011 in the field of human resources from the University of Stirling, Britain, while he obtained a doctorate from 2015-2022 in the field of management from the Department of Economics and Science. Administration, University of Birmingham, UK.

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