Georgetown University in Qatar
Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q; previously Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar) is a campus of Georgetown University (Washington D.C.) in Education City, outside of Doha, Qatar. It is one of Georgetown University's 10 undergraduate and graduate schools, and is supported by a partnership between Qatar Foundation and Georgetown University.
جامعة جورجتاون في قطر
|Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar (2005–2015)|
|Established||August 31, 2005|
|Affiliation||Roman Catholic (Jesuit)|
|President||John J. DeGioia|
|Colors||Blue and Gray|
|Mascot||Jack the Bulldog|
In 2015, the University broadened its remit to include executive and professional education and custom training programs, in addition to the primary BSFS degree. It rebranded to Georgetown University in Qatar to reflect the broadening of its remit.
In 2002 Georgetown University studied the feasibility of opening a campus of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in Qatar in October 2002 and joined four other U.S. universities in opening a campus in Education City in 2005.
Georgetown offers a four-year Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS), with four majors within the program, the curriculum and course materials of which are identical to those offered at Georgetown's main campus in Washington D.C:
- Culture and Politics (CULP)
- International Economics (IECO)
- International History (IHIST)
- International Politics (IPOL)
Georgetown University in Qatar also offers three certificate options:
- The Certificate in American Studies
- The Certificate in Arab and Regional Studies
- The Certificate in Media and Politics
The Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) sponsors studies of regional and international significance, including research initiatives in the areas of international relations, political economy, and domestic politics of the Persian Gulf.
Past and current research projects have included the study of Islamic bioethics, skills training for migrant workers, food security in Qatar, Arabic language pedagogy for heritage learners, and the history of women in Persian Gulf countries, among many other topics. Funding sources are available both within GU-Q and from external funding bodies.
GU-Q students formed the Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESSA) in 2012 as a forum for organizing an annual global conference to showcase undergraduate research in the social sciences and humanities. The conference is also fully organized by GU-Q students who consult extensively with a faculty board to help select papers for presentation and to peer review papers for possible publication in the annual Journal of the Georgetown University in Qatar Middle Eastern Studies Student Association. This journal is the first peer-reviewed scholarly journal run by students in Qatar.
GU-Q students have access to research grants funded by the Qatar National Research Fund Undergraduate Research Experience Program (QNRF-UREP) for research projects with topics that are relevant to Qatar’s national development.
The Georgetown University in Qatar building in Education City was inaugurated in February 2011. The purpose-built 360,000-square-foot (33,000 m2) building features a three-story high atrium, an auditorium with a seating capacity for 300 people and 14 classrooms and lecture halls. It includes offices, classrooms, a library and other facilities for more than 200 undergraduate and graduate students. The facility was designed by Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta.
GU-Q Library offers online access to more than 2 million scholarly resources and an intercampus loans service with Georgetown's library services in Washington DC. There is also an interlibrary loans services agreement with other universities on the Education City campus and with Qatar University. The Library houses over 90,000 books, and over 6,000 multimedia items.
The Library space is open to the public. As of 2016, over 650,000 members of the GU-Q community and the general public have visited the library since 2005.
About 25 student organisations exist on the school's campus. Student organisations include Brainfood, The Women’s Society and Development Club, Amal, Hoya Empowerment and Learning Program (HELP), Model United Nations, Photography Club, Senior Class Committee, Performing Arts Club, The Free Society - a libertarian and free speech club, Georgetown Business Society (GBS), Students for Justice in Palestine (GUQ-SJP), The Georgetown Gazette, and the Georgetown Investment Association (GIA).
Criticism and controversy
Georgetown has been the subject of ongoing criticism of whether it is appropriate to maintain a campus in Qatar, given the Qatar's alleged links to state-sponsored terrorism, comparatively less academic freedom than its home country, and the country's de facto absolute monarchy. In an article without byline published by Gulf News Journal, Herbert London, a conservative pro-Israel activist who is founder and president of the eponymous London Center for Policy Research and a senior fellow at the think tank Manhattan Institute, said "universities I think have compromised themselves" by having campuses in "an environment like Qatar" where "free and open exchange of ideas" is impermissible.
Along with other universities with campuses in Qatar, Georgetown has received criticism for accepting money from Qatar due to their alleged, yet not proven, support of terrorism worldwide and their abysmal[tone] human rights record, especially in the lead up to the 2022 World Cup. Some[according to whom?] question if universities who profit from campuses in Qatar are thereby complicit in Qatar’s alleged sponsorship of terrorism and human rights abuses.
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