Hoyas Put Georgetown Values Into Practice at WISE 2019 Summit and Doha Learning Days
The WISE 2019 Summit, held under the theme “UnLearn, ReLearn: What it Means to be Human,” at Qatar National Convention Centre on November 19-21, brought together thousands of educators, decision-makers, and influential experts from the public and private sectors from over 100 countries. They gathered in Doha for engaging plenaries, dialogues, debates, and tailored networking sessions to reimagine and build the future of education. In the lead up to the Summit, WISE launched Doha Learning Days on November 14-19, an experiential learning festival held in Education City’s Ceremonial Court and Green-Spine, comprising a range of activities organized in collaboration with over 57 local organizations and innovators.
At the summit, Georgetown University in Qatar faculty, staff, students, & alumni served as youth advocates, panelists, program developers and participants. Putting Georgetown values of social justice, education, and service to others into practice, they made a contribution to the effort to reimagine education, explore new educational tech, & promote lifelong learning. For Doha Learning Days, our students served as Community Development Advisers, Assistance Residence Coordinators, & more.
Discover more about the 2019 WISE Summit at https://www.wise-qatar.org/
International Politics (GU-Q’20)
Alghalya, a Teach For Qatar campus ambassador, was selected as a member of the 2019-2020 WISE Learner’s Voice cohort, and #WISE19 Summit participant.
Culture and Politics (SFS’16)
Program Officer, WISE
Speaker: HEAR MY STORY – Education journeys of WISE Emerging Leaders
Deena, a GU-Q alum and a current MPhil student at the University of Cambridge, has been a program manager for WISE Learners' Voice and Emerging Leaders program since 2016. She returned to Doha to moderate a session at the WISE Summit and to lead the delivery of the WISE Emerging Leaders program, which includes workshops on personal and professional development for education practitioners aged 24-32 in areas such as collaborative change, systems change, and wellbeing.
Thana Hassan El-Sallabi
International History (SFS’17, MA‘18)
Program Officer, WISE
Thana manages the Awards program at WISE and is also one of the managers of the Launchpad in the Majlis for the summit this year. She moderated two Launchpad sessions.
The Launchpad provided a supportive collegial environment where speakers inform and engage participants to consider unusual perspectives and new thinking. Presentations used a storytelling approach grounded in research, experience and best practices.
Haroon Yasin (SFS’15)
WISE Awards Ceremony
Each year, the WISE Awards recognize and promote six successful innovative projects that are addressing global educational challenges.
Haroon Yasin, who co-founded Orenda, the innovative digital learning program for underprivileged children while a GU-Q senior, took part in the WISE Awards Plenary session.
Panel: “Scaling up impact from grassroots to systemic change.”
Haroon took part on this panel with three other experts who hold broad grassroots experience to explore the impact of and effective strategies for producing learning gains at scale, and to discuss the challenges that are raised as a result. While innovative solutions have successfully tackled problems within specific ecosystems, the panelists discussed why these efforts do not reliably lead to broader systemic transformation.
Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Anne Nebel was invited to share her insights and expertise at the #WISE19 Edtech Testbed Roundtable, a gathering of leaders from across the education field, including researchers, edtech startup founders and edtech testbed leaders. This roundtable explored the effective introduction of technology into schools and other learning environments through the creation of edtech testbeds.
Associate Director of Research, CIRS
Zahra Babar was invited to participate as a panelist in the WISE session titled “Arab States-Migration, displacement and education: Building bridges, not walls.” She shared her expertise on how migrations and displacement affect education access, quality, and inclusiveness in the Arab world.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Koons served as a spokesperson at Qatar Foundation’s Meetup Booth for a short presentation on the purpose and impact of education, followed by a Q&A.
Professor of International Relations & Gulf Studies
Dr. Nonneman served as a spokesperson at Qatar Foundation’s Meetup Booth for a presentation on “Learning what matters in an era of information abundance,” where he discussed the difference between passive and active knowledge consumption, acquisition of knowledge, and information source reliability.
Education Above All Youth Advocates:
Anood Al Kuwari
Mustafe Deeq Axmed
Noor Rajab Al-Esmail
DOHA LEARNING DAYS
Students who served as Community Development Advisors to deliver workshops about Housing and Residence Life Values:
Students who served as Assistance Residence Coordinators in the planning and set-up of the booth:
Student interns at WISE who contributed to logistics and coordination efforts.
About Georgetown University in Qatar
Established in 1789 in Washington, DC, Georgetown University is one of the world’s leading academic and research institutions. Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q), founded in 2005 in partnership with Qatar Foundation, seeks to build upon the world-class reputation of the university through education, research, and service. Inspired by the university’s mission of promoting intellectual, ethical, and spiritual understanding, GU-Q aims to advance knowledge and provide students and the community with a holistic educational experience that produces global citizens committed to the service of humankind.
Located in Doha’s Education City, GU-Q offers the same internationally recognized Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree as Georgetown’s Capitol Campus in Washington, DC. This unique, interdisciplinary program prepares students to tackle the most important and pressing global issues by helping them develop critical thinking, analytic, and communication skills within an international context. GU-Q alumni work in leading local and international organizations across industries ranging from finance to energy, education, and media. The Qatar campus also serves as a residency and delivery location for the Executive Master’s in Emergency and Disaster Management along with the Executive Master’s in Leadership.