Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Q) is dedicated to fulfilling Georgetown University’s mission of promoting intellectual, ethical and spiritual understanding through serious and sustained discourse among people of different faiths, cultures and beliefs. Embodying this spirit of the University, Georgetown’s Qatar campus undertakes education, research and service in order to advance knowledge and provide students and the community with a holistic educational experience that produces global citizens committed to the service of humankind. We demonstrate the values of Georgetown University; seek to build upon the world-class reputation of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service; and work with our partner, Qatar Foundation.
Our vision is to be recognized as the leading academic institution for International Affairs in the Middle East by demonstrating unfailing excellence in teaching, research and community outreach.
Qatar, blessed with one of the highest GDP per capita figures in the world, lies at the cross-roads of East and West. A modern, thriving country in the heart of the Middle East with an ambitious development vision, it offers a high standard of living, with excellent facilities, modern infrastructure, and a mix of local and cosmopolitan culture. Qatar has become a hub for regional and global networks and meetings in international diplomacy, energy, finance and economics, media and sports.
With this comes a plethora of cultural, intellectual and artistic events and venues – including such iconic buildings as the Museum of Islamic Art, designed by I.M. Pei. The country offers a safe and family-friendly environment, and is a great place to live, study and work. Its central location also makes it the ideal location for exploring Asian, African and European destinations. Direct flights link Doha to cities across the world.
St. Ignatius Loyola believed that prayer and reflection should guide our choices and actions. Contemplation is a critical dimension of the spiritual life and it is reflected in Georgetown’s commitments. Analogously, in the academic life, a spirit of reflectivity is a critical aspect of intellectual inquiry.
In 1547, the first Jesuits were invited to begin a college in Messina, Italy to allow the young men to receive the same quality of education that the early Jesuits promoted in training their own. Georgetown University is a descendant of this original commitment to education. Academic excellence describes the great importance that we have placed on the life of the mind as a means for uncovering truth and discovering meaning. Georgetown’s emphasis on academic excellence is reflected in the careful selection of both our faculty and students, the quality of teaching and the importance of research on campus, and it has led to our recognition as one of the top 25 universities in the United States.
St. Ignatius believed that God could be discovered in every human endeavor, in every facet of learning and experience, and in every field of study. He promoted the development of the spiritual, intellectual, artistic, social and physical aspects of each person. Georgetown’s commitment to educating the whole person is evident in our strong core curriculum, our wide array of academic programs and our commitment to living and learning in spiritual communities.
“Cura Personalis” – This Latin phrase translates as “Care of the Person,” and was originally used to describe the responsibility to care for each man in the community with his unique gifts, challenges, needs and possibilities. This value now is applied more broadly to include the relationship between educators and students and professional relationships among all those who work in the University. “Cura Personalis” suggests individualized attention to the needs, distinct respect for each other’s unique circumstances and concerns, and an appropriate appreciation for each individual’s particular gifts and insights. Georgetown offers a wealth of wellness resources to students, faculty and staff.
The Jesuits made a significant institutional commitment to “the service of faith and the promotion of justice,” which obligates us to address the social realities of poverty, oppression and injustice. While not all members of the Georgetown community would base their commitment to justice on religious principles, our institutional commitment to promote justice in the world, grounds and inspires numerous University projects with the underserved communities of the world.
Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., employed the phrase “Men for Others” in a notable 1973 presentation in Valencia, Spain. Father Arrupe provocatively challenged the alumni of Jesuit schools and universities to be engaged in the struggle for justice to protect the needs of the most vulnerable. Today, this phrase has become more inclusive and its spirit is evidenced in Georgetown’s promotion of community-based learning courses; our local, national and international service projects; justice immersion programs; and over many student-led service and justice organizations.
The Georgetown University community comprises a wide variety of religious traditions, we support a variety of faith based student groups, a variety of affiliated ministries and numerous interreligious events and services. In addition, the University sponsors the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding; the Program for Jewish Civilization; the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs; and the Catholic Studies Program.
The Georgetown community welcomes and sustains rich diversity among our students, faculty and staff. Approximately 52 percent of our student body are women, 22 percent of our undergraduate students are from a minority ethnic background, and over 2,000 students, faculty and researchers come from 130 foreign countries. At the Qatar campus the students comprise of about 50 different nationalities from a diverse variety of faiths and cultural backgrounds.