In Spring 2015, GU-Q launched the Community Education Program to fulfill the University’s aim of enhancing engagement with society in Qatar and promoting intellectual life in the local community.
Classes are open to all nationals and residents of Qatar who are 18 years or older, and have a love of learning. Over the course of a six week session, for two hours one night a week, students meet for classes which are offered in either Arabic or English.
Students who successfully participate in a minimum of five out of six classes receive a certificate of completion. These courses are not credit-bearing and are ineligible for transfer towards any formal degree or program through GU-Q.
Dr. Amira Sonbol, professor of History and chairperson of the GU-Q Faculty Council, helped to develop the community class curriculum. She explains who would benefit from enrolling in these courses: “There are many busy working professionals in Qatar who would love to pursue a stimulating evening course and advance their education. At Georgetown, we believe we have a duty to reach out to Qatari society and offer what we do best here to the wider community.”
Laura Reynaud, a working professional and previous Community Education Program participant, sums up her experience: "When I found out about Georgetown’s community classes, I signed up immediately. The lectures were both intellectually rewarding and stimulating and the professor was clearly one of the best I have ever had. It was a wonderful experience. I will definitely repeat."