Josoor Institute Signs Academic Partnership Agreement with Globally Renowned Georgetown University

May 12, 2016

On 4 May, 2016 Georgetown University signed the agreement as the academic partner of Josoor Institute, a centre of excellence for the sports and events industries, inspired and developed by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC).  The signed agreement extends the cooperation between the SC and Georgetown University as the main academic partner of Josoor Institute.

The agreement was signed by Dr. Robert M. Groves, the Provost and Executive Vice President of the Georgetown University’s Main Campus in Washington, DC, and Mr. Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the SC on behalf of Josoor Institute. Also in attendance of the signing were the Executive Director (acting) of Josoor Institute, Mr. Mushtaq Al-Waeli, and Mr. Paul Tagliabue, former Commissioner of National Football League and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Georgetown University.

As the main academic partner, Georgetown University will be working with Josoor Institute to continue implementing a variety of programmes and workshops developed by Georgetown’s industry-leading faculty on a wide spectrum topics associated with the sports and events industries. According to the newly signed agreement, the University, through both its School of Continuing Studies and the McDonough School of Business on Main Campus in Washington D.C., will lead the development, delivery, assessment and review of the diploma and certificate programmes in Football and Sports Management.

Furthermore, Georgetown is set to lead the development of the Professional Diploma and Certificate modules for Managerial and Leadership Core Competencies on both Football and Sports Management and Events Management Programmes. These programmes will address the need to develop the technical knowledge and skills within the field as well as the overall management and leadership capabilities of delegates. The modules will cover topics including business acumen, strategy, people and leadership, management communication, financial management and more.

Commenting on the importance of the partnership, Dr. Groves said, “We are so pleased that we are able to build on the strength and success of our initial agreement to design the academic framework for Josoor Institute. By developing the human capital needed for the growth of the sports and events industries, Georgetown can play a vital role in Qatar and the entire region’s efforts in moving towards a sustainable knowledge-based economy.”

Commenting on the agreement, Hassan Al Thawadi, the Secretary General of the SC, noted that, “The investments that the SC is making today in providing unique skills training to thousands of people through  Josoor Institute will create positive opportunities for generations to come. Georgetown University has been an integral partner in our drive to nurture the best local and international talent, and to build a thriving and sustainable future, in line with the Qatar National Vision. We are pleased to have reiterated our commitment towards capacity building by strengthening our ties with Georgetown.”

Josoor Institute was developed by the SC in December 2013. Since its inception over 1,800 delegates from across the region have attended its workshops and programmes. World class speakers have been involved in the delivery of 28 workshops and programmes. Over the next few months Josoor Institute will be launching its research division, which will help address the research gaps that currently exist in the region. To learn more about Josoor Institute and its upcoming activities, visit

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