For Immediate Release

Dawn Michele Whitehead
Interim Vice President of Communications
Susan Albertine
Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success
202.387.3760, ext. 800

Qatar University Signs Partnership Agreement with AAC&U

Sep 8, 2015


Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the Core Curriculum Program at Qatar University, Doha, Qatar, announced today that Qatar University is an AAC&U partner institution. More information about the Core Curriculum Program can be found here: Information about the partnership can be found online here:

Dr. Maha Al-Hendawi, Director of the Core Curriculum Program, will serve as coordinator on behalf of Qatar University.  Dr. Al-Hendawi said, "The Core Curriculum Program aims at preparing students to be agents of social good and to be citizens who are independent and flexible in their thinking and capable of responding to the demands of a changing world. Qatar University instills the concept of good citizenship within the commitment to the framework of Arabic and Islamic moral values.  We do this work in a global context and hope to exchange ideas about program design and learning outcomes with members of AAC&U." 

On May 3, 2015, at Qatar University, representatives of Qatar University and AAC&U signed a memorandum in which they agreed to exchange information and reach mutual understanding about the state of general education in Qatar, in the United States, and in other parts of the world. Through the partnership, Qatar University hopes to establish a center for general education serving the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Susan Albertine, AAC&U’s Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and Director of LEAP States, said, “AAC&U is eager to cooperate with Qatar University in a variety of ways to advance mutual understanding of the meaning of general education in global context and to discover both shared values and distinctive differences.”

Both AAC&U and Qatar University hope to encourage networking and outreach to other institutions.  The agreement marks an historic opportunity and the beginning of generative work ahead.

“AAC&U is very pleased to welcome Qatar University into our community,” said AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider.  “AAC&U and Qatar University bring together educators who share a passion for general education and a commitment to help all students achieve both broad learning about the world they will inherit—through studies in science, humanities, the arts, and the social sciences—and the critical skills they need to help create solutions for our future.  We hope the relationship will help educators in Qatar and in the United States to offer college students the best possible preparation for purposeful work and generative citizenship, as well as flourishing lives.” 

For more information about the Qatar University partnership, please refer to:

About AAC&U

AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises more than 1,300 member institutions—including accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, research universities, and comprehensive universities of every type and size.

AAC&U functions as a catalyst and facilitator, forging links among presidents, administrators, and faculty members who are engaged in institutional and curricular planning. Its mission is to reinforce the collective commitment to liberal education and inclusive excellence at both the national and local levels, and to help individual institutions keep the quality of student learning at the core of their work as they evolve to meet new economic and social challenges.

Information about AAC&U membership, programs, and publications can be found at

About Qatar University

Qatar University is the national institution of higher education in Qatar. It provides high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare competent graduates, destined to shape the future of Qatar. The university community has diverse and committed faculty who teach and conduct research, which addresses relevant local and regional challenges, advances knowledge, and contributes actively to the needs and aspirations of society. Qatar University’s vision is to be a model national university in the region, recognized for high-quality education and research and for being a leader of economic and social development.  

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