Dean's Message

Dr. James Reardon-Anderson

It is my pleasure to welcome you on behalf of Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q). Over a decade ago, Georgetown brought its centuries-old tradition of teaching excellence in the liberal arts and 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 the world. As founding dean, I was there when Georgetown first opened its doors in 2005 to 25 students, and I have seen the campus grow in size and stature in the Middle East and beyond.

To date, 337 graduates have earned a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (B.S.F.S.) degree, majoring in Culture and Politics, International Economics, International History, or International Politics. This includes more than 100 Qataris, and other students from 50 different nationalities – and our student population continues to grow.

After more than 30 years at Georgetown, I have watched students analyze, question and embrace the joy of learning, from Convocation to Commencement. 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.

Research excellence

Georgetown 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 achievements such as The Journal of Georgetown University-Qatar Middle Eastern Studies Student Association, the first academic political science journal that is produced by university students in the Middle East.

Student life and learning

Qatar, located on the fringes of Asia and at a crossroads of East and West, provides opportunities unlike anywhere else in the world. Students at Georgetown’s Qatar campus take advantage of state of the art classrooms; a stunning public library, superb recreational facilities and environmentally sound on-campus housing. Moreover, Education City offers a unique environment of interaction, as some of the world’s top universities are all in one place.

Our students gain an in-depth understanding of global affairs, beginning with a two-year 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 trips to countries such as Rwanda, Cambodia, Bangladesh, East Timor, South Africa, Poland and Germany to understand the realities of post-conflict reconstruction, economic development, and in some cases to help build homes.

We offer opportunities for the community at large to engage scholars and hear from visiting speakers through public events that provide a forum where scholars, decision-makers, and analysts share their insights and knowledge about the issues and policy decisions shaping our world.

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, use our library, and experience first-hand how we live our values.

I look forward to seeing you on campus!

Dr. James Reardon-Anderson 
Dean of Georgetown University in Qatar