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Texas A&M at Qatar graduate represents Qatar at AFS Youth Assembly in New York

Published Aug 23, 2023

Ghalya Abdulla ’23, a chemical engineering graduate of Texas A&M at Qatar was part of a delegation that represented Qatar at the AFS Youth Assembly, held in New York recently.

The Youth Assembly is a global platform that cultivates an international network of young leaders and changemakers through exchange, education, action and impact. It is organized by AFS, which holds consultative status to the United Nations.

The discussions at the Assembly focused on SDG 11 and 13 — sustainable cities and communities and climate change — both topics which are relevant to Qatar.

“I am super proud to represent my country at this event, which helped me understand diverse perspectives on a number of key issues facing the world,” she said. “It was also great to network with young people from around the world, each representing different countries and cultures, and to bring my learning back to my community here.”

The delegation also visited the United Nations (UN) headquarters and met with the United States permanent mission to the UN.

Throughout her time at university, Abdulla worked on multiple research projects related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

“Texas A&M at Qatar allowed me to develop key research, technical and non-technical skills to become a professional engineer, and to represent myself at national and international conferences,” Abdulla said.

Her advice to current Aggies is to “work smart, and build your own path. Don’t wait for opportunities to find you — create them yourself!”