DOHA: A team of experts from Georgetown University in Qatar’s (GU-Q) Centre for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) recently returned from a trip to Delhi that focused on creating institutional linkages between universities in India and Education City.
They also explored exchange of research on topics on the Middle East and India through dialogue on geographic, social, political and economic connections. The team, which included faculty and staff, took part in three programmes at major organisations.
They also organised an alumni reception for graduates and incoming students of the university who are living in India.
“One of the advantages of GU-Q’s Doha campus is its regional proximity to emerging global actors such as India. “So through this trip, we are seeking to cement ties with our academic colleagues and forge new ones between Qatar and India,” said Dr Mehran Kamrava, Director of Research at CIRS and Professor of Political Science.
Amol Dani, GU-Q’s Chief Operating Officer and trip participant, said: “Taking part in these conferences and connecting with past and future GU-Q students in India provides an excellent platform where everyone benefits. “It also strengthens Qatar’s position as a valuable hub of education and research that addresses the specific issues of this region.”
The trip began with the alumni event, followed by a meeting at Observer Research Foundation, a not-for-profit think tank founded by many of India’s leading public figures and institutions of higher learning to contribute to economic reforms and improving the government’s economic policies.
GU-Q attendees contributed to a discussion with a presentation on ‘Nuclear Trends in West Asia’.
The following day saw the Education City team at the ‘Changing Dynamics in West Asia and the Persian Gulf’ conference hosted by Delhi Policy Group, an independent think tank which seeks to build a non-partisan consensus on issues of critical national interest in India.
GU-Q contributed to the proceedings with two panels on ‘Iran and Security in the Persian Gulf’ and ‘Trends in Egypt: Case for Concern’.
The final prong of the mission to develop ties with India was a ‘Joint Workshop on Internal and External Dynamics in the Middle-East Post-Arab Spring’ organised by Jindal School of International Affairs, in Delhi.
GU-Q’s contribution to the workshop, which was also attended by GU-Q students, included topics on security, Egypt’s revolution, sectarian issues stemming from the Arab Spring and migration politics in the GCC.
GU-Q, the Knowledge Partner for the workshop, also took part in a faculty meeting between O P Jindal Global University and Jindal School of International Affairs officials and shared insights.