A Message from the Dean
On behalf of GU-Q, I welcome you to our vibrant multi-national community of outstanding alumni, students, faculty and staff dedicated to the best in scholarship, learning, and service in the heart of the Middle East. In 2005, Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service brought its century-old tradition of teaching excellence in international affairs to Qatar with the aim of helping to build global leaders and analytical thinkers who will make a positive difference in their communities, their region, and our world.
To date, more than 500 graduates from different countries have earned a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) degree from our campus, majoring in Culture and Politics, International Economics, International History, or International Politics. And our student population continues to grow. Currently, our student body in Qatar consists of about 400 students representing more than 50 nationalities, and this concentration of cultures, religions, languages, and perspectives makes for an exceptional teaching and learning environment, and hub for community dialogue.
However, the greatest quality that differentiates students, faculty, and staff at GU-Q is our dedication to service. Recent events such as the global pandemic and protests around racial discrimination and economic injustice have brought the importance of education in service to the world into sharper focus, highlighting the need to cultivate intellectual inquiry, critical thinking, and the ability to develop solutions for fast moving global and local challenges.
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. Education is fundamentally about building the future, and Georgetown’s unique approach that centers on the values of service, introspection, respecting diversity, and the pursuit of excellence, is developing a new generation of leaders who are dedicated to creating positive change in both the local and global community. With a strong value-oriented focus, our graduates are serving in a variety of private and public sector positions in nearly every walk of life from diplomacy, to business, the arts, and in development.
In these turbulent times, the centuries-old tradition of teaching and research excellence that Georgetown represents, is being leveraged as an engine of resilience that develops imaginative solutions and powerful research insight with impact on Qatar, the Gulf region, and the world. I invite you to take a closer look at our website, and join us in our mission to promote intellectual and ethical understanding, to engage in serious and sustained discourse, and to work together towards a more just, equitable, and harmonious world.
Education is fundamentally about building the future, and Georgetown’s unique approach that centers on the values of service, introspection, respecting diversity, and the pursuit of excellence, is developing a new generation of leaders who are dedicated to creating positive change in both the local and global community.
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 our 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