It is my pleasure to welcome you on behalf of Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q). In 2005, Georgetown brought its centuries-old tradition of teaching excellence in international affairs to Qatar with the aim to help build global leaders and analytical thinkers who will make a positive difference in their communities, their region, and our world.
To date, 440 graduates from 51 different countries have earned a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) degree, majoring in Culture and Politics, International Economics, International History, or International Politics. And our student population continues to grow. This year marks the first cohort of students enrolled in the Georgetown University Executive Master in Emergency & Disaster Management with opening and closing residencies in Doha, Qatar.
True to the spirit of Georgetown, we focus on educating the whole person through exposure to different faiths, cultures, and beliefs, and through critical engagement with a range of ideas and points of view. The Qatar campus is a vibrant, multi-national community of outstanding students, faculty, alumni, and staff dedicated to the best in scholarship, learning, and service.
GU-Q scholars continue to shine, both globally and in the region, with a range of original research and publications and involvement in major international conferences. Our in-house research institute, the Center for International and Regional Studies, provides a forum for globally and locally relevant research while encouraging an exchange of ideas and engagement with scholars, opinion-makers, practitioners, and activists.
Meanwhile, our students’ commitment to academic excellence has resulted in achievements including numerous awards, participation in international research programs, and a student-run conference organized annually by the Middle Eastern Studies Student Association.
Student Life and Learning
Qatar, located at the crossroads of east and west, provides opportunities unlike anywhere else in the world. Students at GU-Q take advantage of state of the art classrooms, a beautiful library, superb recreational facilities, and environmentally sound on-campus housing provided by Qatar Foundation. Moreover, Education City offers a unique environment of interaction with some of the world’s top universities located all in one place.
Our students gain an in-depth understanding of global affairs, beginning with a two-year foundation liberal arts curriculum which includes the social sciences, humanities, and economics. This is followed by a specialization in the respective majors during their last two years. In addition to their academic pursuits, students engage with community-based learning through award-winning programs like Zones of Conflict, Zones of Peace and the Community Engagement Program.
The Georgetown Community
At GU-Q, we provide a platform for the community at large to engage scholars and hear from visiting speakers through public events that analyze the issues shaping out world. Our executive and professional education programs offer an opportunity for the wider public to improve their skills and knowledge with a range of diverse courses and community classes.
Please explore our website and learn more about how you can share in our journey to contribute to the education of new generations and the development of a rapidly changing region at a critical time. Visit us in person, take part in our public events and activities, and experience first-hand how we live our values.
I look forward to seeing you on campus!
Dr. Ahmad S. Dallal
Dean of Georgetown University in Qatar