Ministers, government officials, ambassadors, and industry experts gathered at Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q), a Qatar Foundation partner university, to celebrate its inaugural cohort of International Executive Master’s in Emergency & Disaster Management students
The event saw 11 students showcase what they have learned through the program, and their diverse areas of interest, in a gallery walk exhibition featuring their final thesis projects that highlighted the need for qualified personnel to support the preparedness, mitigation, and response process for national and regional emergencies.
The program’s incoming cohort of 30 students also had the opportunity to network with students in the outgoing cohort, and to prepare for their upcoming academic experience.
The keynote speaker at the event was His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry, who highlighted the importance of the first Georgetown University professional degree program tailored for the Middle East regional context.
H.E. Dr. Al-Sada praised the students for taking the initiative in leading the first cohort in Emergency and Disaster Management, saying: “Your class should take pride in encouraging three times as many students as your group to join the next cohort, and we are very proud of you for initiating this journey of Georgetown University.”
He emphasized the need to continually work on improving safety practices and create a culture of excellence to ensure stability in the face of challenges and disasters. “Qatar was well equipped for the blockade and our emergency plans have proven to be invaluable,” he said.
“Thanks to our preparedness, Qatar has managed to weather the storm and continues to gain positive recognition around the world.”
Addressing the students, Kelly Otter, Dean of Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies said: “This was a tremendous opportunity to embrace and evaluate the needs of emergency and disaster management professionals in the region.
“We seek to engage and understand the emerging and evolving challenges of the day — and to provide an education that rises to the occasion. After seeing your exceptional Capstone presentations, I am confident that we’ve been successful.”
Dr. Ahmad Dallal, Dean of GU-Q, said: “These students come from varying backgrounds and have combined their professional experience with coursework and hands-on learning to produce their final projects.
“We are proud to play our part in building Qatar’s knowledge economy and supporting the country's development and vision for the emergency and disaster management profession.”
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