Category: Education

VCU Qatar Alum Fatima Mohammed Discusses Her Artwork

On Wednesday 27 June 2018, Qatar artist and Virginia Commonwealth University – Qatar alumna Fatima Mohammed discussed her artwork with The John Fredericks Show.

Fatima explained the impact the ongoing blockade on Qatar has had on her as an artist, and how she has expressed the resulting pain endured by her country through her work.

Fatima is an artist-in-residence at the prestigious Fire Station in Doha, Qatar. She is also a featured artist in Ruwad, Qatar-America Institute’s ongoing collection of pioneering contemporary arts of Qatar in the United States.

 

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Qatar and Colombia’s Initiative Pays Tribute to Women in Global Organizations

On June 27th, Secretary-General to the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, spoke at the book launch of HERstory: Celebrating Women Leaders in the United Nations. This initiative was sponsored by Qatar and Colombia to highlight UN women trailblazers. Among them include the first women to serve as Under-Secretary-General, Lucille M. Mair, and the first women to head peacekeeping operations, Margaret Anstee.

The history we learn at school, that is celebrated in public monuments and events, tends to be a very partial history. It is the history of men…Raising awareness of women’s contributions is an essential part of correcting the imbalance in our culture that has historically undervalued women’s contributions and women’s work.

The Secretary-General believes that more could be done to remove the barriers constraining women from top UN and diplomatic leadership positions. Internally, the UN works to ensure that events are programed with a gender perspective to be inclusive and inviting to all.

This is not simply about the fight for gender equality… From peace and security to development to human rights, greater inclusion is the key to our success – bringing new perspectives, different leadership styles, greater innovation and, ultimately, a more effective organization.

Qatar’s support for equalizing the playing field for women is represented on a global scale.

 

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University of Maine Signs MOU with Qatar Academic Bridge Program

 

The University of Maine signed a memorandum of understanding with the Academic Bridge Program (ABP), a Qatari initiative preparing students for university study. The MOU is designed specifically to assist Qatari ABP students transition to programs at UMaine across majors.

ABP is a branch of the Qatar Foundation and has graduated nearly 3,000 students.

Orlina Boteva, director of the UMaine Office of International Programs, said,

We are very pleased to partner with ABP… We look forward to developing a deep and long-lasting relationship with ABP, and look forward to welcoming ABP graduates to campus. International students contribute so much to our university, and we’re proud to be home to a diverse group of students who gain valuable experience in the classroom and across campus.

 

 

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Georgetown Announces New Executive Master’s in Leadership, Policy, and Innovation with Qatar Leadership Centre

 

Beginning in Fall 2018, the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business will offer an Executive Master’s in Leadership, Policy, and Innovation, in a joint effort with the Qatar Leadership Centre.

The Qatar Leadership Centre (QLC) is a Qatari institution established to support leadership abilities in talented Qatari professionals. The new Georgetown degree was developed in response to the desire of QLC graduates to incorporate QLC programs into a graduate degree.

The new Master’s program is available to qualified QLC graduates and will allow them to build on their experience with QLC National Leadership Programs. The program lasts nine months and features modules in D.C., Doha, and online coursework.

Georgetown University President John DeGioia announced the new agreement and program, saying,

Through this agreement, we have sought to provide the best possible contexts for alumni of the Qatar Leadership Centre to develop the skills and talents that will enable them to lead and manage effectively… Our ongoing engagement in Qatar remains integral to our work of becoming a global university, as we ensure that all our students are fully prepared to be knowledgeable and compassionate global citizens and leaders.

 

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Northwestern University in Qatar Students Win Prestigious Pulitzer Fellowship

The prestigious Pulitzer Fellowship was awarded to three reporting fellows at Northwestern University in Qatar. They will be investigating human rights violations within the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Pakistan with the aid of the Pulitzer Center with the hopes of raising awareness.

Dean and CEO of Northwestern University in Qatar, Everette E. Dennis said:

“Students involved in hands-on reporting and scholarly research develop a real sense of what their careers and future work environments will be. With the Pulitzer Center’s support, our students have the opportunity to travel in Pakistan and India to report on some of the world’s most disregarded, yet important, issues.”

Previous fellows have taken a special interest in India and Pakistan with topics including the death penalty, anti-terrorism laws, and climate change.

 

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Georgetown and Qatar Leadership Centre Launch Executive Master’s in Leadership, Policy, and Innovation

Starting in September 2018, Qatar Leadership Centre and Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business will jointly offer the Executive Master’s in Leadership, Policy, and Innovation. QLC alumni are qualified to participate and turn their program certificates into a graduate degree.

Georgetown will tailor its already established Executive Master’s in Leadership to fit the needs of students in Qatar, while growing their own global alumni network.

Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia:

“Our ongoing engagement in Qatar remains integral to our work of becoming a global university, as we ensure that all of our students are fully prepared to be knowledgeable and compassionate global citizens and leaders.”

This new program will allow Qatari citizens to advance their own development, while utilizing their new level of theory and practice to create solutions to various global challenges.

What is QLC

Qatar Leadership Centre (QLC) is an initiative of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar. QLC was established by His Highness Sheikh Tamim to be a national platform for leadership excellence, in support of the development goals of the State of Qatar. His Highness saw QLC as a center of excellence for developing leadership and creating knowledge, in support of the human, social, economic and environmental pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030. The National Vision highlights the fact that Qatar cannot fully develop its economy and society without its human capital and chief resource– its people.

 

 

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Calligraphy, Henna, and Traditional Music at QAI’s Final Iftar of 2018

As part of its Ramadan program for this holy month, QAI hosted friends and families for its final Iftar on June 12th, 2018 focusing on the message of “Islam, Culture & the Arts.” This Iftar sparked conversations about popular traditions seen in Qatar and throughout the Middle East while allowing our guests to experience them firsthand. Arab culture is a set of shared traditions and beliefs that unites most of the twenty-two countries in the Middle East.

While guests waited to break their fast, they enjoyed Ebrahim El Subaie’s calligraphy work and had the opportunity to have their name scripted by the artist himself. Anisa Mohammad showcased her henna designs while sitting in QAI’s Qatari majlis. Guests also enjoyed a live Oud performance by Muaz Edriss.

The evening kick started with a warm welcome from Douglas Smith, former Assistant Secretary of DHS under President Obama and member of QAI’s Board of Directors, who spoke about Gulf Bridge International, the largest Qatari owned private network in the Middle East. Imam Yahya Hendi, the Muslim Chaplain at Georgetown University and Founder and President of Clergy Beyond Borders, who was awarded the James Gettemy Significant Ministry Award in 2002 for his work in progressing the relationship between the followers of the three Abrahamic religions, shared some comments, and gave the evening prayer.

Imam Yahya Hendi shared his story of becoming the first full-time Muslim Chaplain at an American university. This story included the purpose of his hiring which was mainly to educate non-Muslim students, faculty, and staff about the Muslim faith, while also serving as a resource to Muslim students. In addition, the Imam educated the audience about Ramadan’s goal and the true meaning of Iftar. “The word Iftar comes from the word open. To open our hearts & minds. Iftar everyday reminds me that the sky’s the limit. To dream and think big. That Jews, Christians, and Muslims can come together!”

With only one day left of Ramadan, we’d like to be the first to say Eid Mubarak and we hope you enjoyed our 2018 Ramadan Iftar Series!

The QAI Iftar Series is made possible thanks to the generous support of Gulf Bridge International.

 

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Garangao Celebration, Muslim Youth Choir, and QAI’s Third Iftar

As part of its Ramadan program for this holy month, QAI hosted different families and individuals for its third Iftar on June 4th, 2018 focusing on the message of “Islam & Family Traditions.” This Iftar was an exciting opportunity for community-building and cultural exchange around the diverse Ramadan traditions practiced in Muslim families, especially in Qatar and the United States. The role of Islam in the family, particularly the family dynamics with women and children, was also highlighted during this Iftar’s speeches and exhibited gallery.

The evening started with QAI’s Fatima Al-Dosari narrating the story of Garangao,” a Qatari children’s tradition celebrated on the 15th night of Ramadan. In Garangao, children wear colorful traditional clothing and jewelry after Maghrib (Sunset) Prayer, and walk around their neighborhoods singing the Garangao song and trick-or-treating. The Garangao tradition has been celebrated for decades, and children from all backgrounds and nationalities get to enjoy this annual celebration in Qatar.

Representatives from the All Dulles American Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center shared some American Muslim traditions too. Hurunnessa Fariad,  the Outreach/Interfaith/Media Coordinator for ADAMS Center, and Nabila Chohan, the Principal of ADAMS Sully Branch Sunday School  talked ADAMS Center’s activities and its surrounding Muslim community during Ramadan.  During the year ADAMS Center trains its  young American Muslim choir called “ADAMS Beat,” A prominent Muslim Choir in the US. The Iftar guests enjoyed hearing “America the Beautiful” and “Ramadan Ya Habib,” (or “Ramadan O, Beloved” in English) by the nine young boys and girls from the choir.

Before concluding the night’s program and beginning the Iftar  Marwan, a young boy from ADAMS Beat, performed Adhan Al Maghrib, the sunset call to prayer which calls fasting Muslims to break their fast and begin their Iftar. QAI distributed Garangao bags full of traditional candy and nuts to ADAMS Beat members and the children among the audience.

 

Special thanks to the Qatar Cultural Attaché’s Office for their support with this Iftar.

 

The QAI Iftar Series is made possible thanks to the generous support of Gulf Bridge International.

 

 

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Boy Scouts Visit Al-Udeid

On April 20th, 2018 Students from the Boy Scouts of America Visited Al-Udeid Airbase in Qatar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Department of Moral Guidance at the Ministry of Defense announced that students from the Boy Scouts of America, one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, visited Al-Udeid Airbase. They took a field trip to the base and were hosted by the Air Transport Wing from the Qatari Emiri Air Force in coordination with the US Air Force.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The trip included a visit to the air transport and aviation support sections where they saw airplane parts, wings, and aircraft maintenance hangars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The visit aims to support familial ties and highlight the two air forces’ role in social development, through educating new generations about the active and humanitarian role that armed forces play in the community.

 
 
 

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Qatar-America Institute Hosts Cornell Club of Washington

Qatar-America Institute hosted the Cornell Club of Washington for a delightful evening featuring Qatari food and interesting conversation. The event featured speakers Annalise Schoonmaker (a recent Cornell graduate who worked at the Weill-Cornell Campus in Education City, Qatar), Terry Horner (President of the Cornell Club of Washington), and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (of New York’s 12 congressional district).

Terry Horner gave the introductory remarks and was followed by Annalise Schoonmaker who commended the university’s efforts in Doha. She stated,

“As all you Cornell graduates know, Ithaca is the coldest place on this planet. So when I decided to go to Qatar, I ended up moving to the hottest place on the planet. Initially, I was only supposed to stay at the campus for one year but ended up falling in love with the people and the overall experience. So, I decided to stay another year and a half making my time in Qatar a full two and a half years.”

Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney commented on the strength of the US-Qatar partnership, discussing the origins of the friendship, Qatar’s commitment to progressive liberal values, and the nations passionate emphasis on the state and quality of education in the country.

Specifically, she stated,

“When you go to Education City, you have all the top American schools. You have Carnegie Mellon on this side and Texas A&M on that side, and you have all these schools and what I really commend Qatar and the Qatar Foundation for is their insistence in having a degree from an Education City campus hold the same weight as the degree from an American campus.”

She went on to say that,

“Qatar was the first country in the Middle East to give both men and women the right to vote in municipal election. This was a really big thing, this was before any of this modernization efforts currently going on.”

In regards to the bilateral relationship between the United States and Qatar, she stated,

“Qatar was already pursuing and establishing a base of values that Americans also hold. Qatar’s Cornell campus opened in 2001, long before the US had a military base in the country. In fact, when we were asked to leave our previous base, Qatar gladly welcomed us and offered to build a base for us. I think the bond between Qatar and the United States is a strong one and I think it will continue to be so.”

 

 

 

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