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August 15, 2018

Making The World Their Classroom

Georgetown University in Qatar’s (GU-Q) International Emergency and Disaster Management program for working professionals has admitted nearly 40 new students from Qatar, Jordan, Mexico, and the US.

The new cohort for the 2018-2019 executive master of professional studies class – who come from backgrounds in medicine, public health, law enforcement, and defense - will begin an immersive year studying and experiencing the complexity of international natural and man-made disasters, as they take part in the five-module program with residencies in Washington, D.C., Doha, Muscat, Paris, and Amman.

The Qatar Foundation partner university’s program, which combines lectures and online coursework with five in-person residences around the globe, is designed for emergency management leaders and practitioners who develop the skills required to mitigate potential threats and lead international response efforts in times of crisis. Online classes and in-person residencies are taught and organized by instructors who are authorities in the emergency and disaster field, including professional crisis managers and leadership and management specialists.
Residencies for this program will include field visits in France, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, and the US, where students will be exposed to topics including Natural & Technological Hazards, Terrorism & Man-Made Disasters, and Public Health & Humanitarian Crises.

Emphasizing the program’s humanitarian focus, Dr. Tim Frazier, Faculty Director, GU-Q, said: “Graduates of our program develop a high level of strategic and critical thinking skills required for decision-making in this important field, allowing them to serve in leadership roles and to live the Georgetown value of ‘people for others’ daily.”

The program’s inaugural cohort of emergency management professionals, including many from Qatar, will present their capstone projects during a Gallery Walk event on Thursday, August 16 at GU-Q. It will begin accepting new applications for the 2019-20 term in mid-September 2018. To learn more, please visit

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