Graduation success for Queen’s student supporting mums adjust to life in Northern Ireland

Nour Elsahoryi, from Jordan, will graduate today (Friday 14 December) with a PhD in Clinical Nutrition from Queen’s University Belfast.

Nour, who is married to Dr Mohanad Odeh and mother to three young children (Ward - six, Sara - five and Rayan - three), is an International Ambassador for Queen’s and has been a role model for women and their young families who have come to study in Northern Ireland.

Using her own experiences and passion for helping others, Nour supported women and their children to overcome cultural differences and other issues related to their study and life in Northern Ireland. As a peer mentor at Queen’s, Nour helped young mothers to enrol their children in local schools and devised creative programmes to help them to engage with and integrate into the local community.

Speaking ahead of her graduation, Nour said: “I am so happy and proud to be graduating today at Queen’s.

“I hope I have helped other mothers like me who are adjusting to living in a new country and have family commitments and study responsibilities at the same time.”

As a dietician and a STEM Ambassador, Nour has also made a positive impact the lives of local children in schools across Northern Ireland. She created a healthy eating pattern programme for primary schools, which teaches children the importance of having a healthy diet.

She added: “My degree will enable me to continue to educate people of all ages to lead a better, healthier and happier lifestyle. The STEM programme I have delivered has provided an amazing chance for me to serve our society.  

“My dream is to turn my knowledge into a reality to benefit local communities.”

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