Georgetown Sends Students in Cairo to Qatar Campus
January 31, 2011 – Fifteen undergraduates who were just beginning their semester of study at the American University of Cairo were flown to Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service in Doha, Qatar, today in light of unrest in Egypt’s capital.
Pro-democracy protesters are in their sixth day of taking to the streets in an attempt to force out longtime Egypt President Hosni Mubarak.
“As we monitored the situation, it was clear over the weekend that we needed to take steps to ensure the safety of the members of our community who were abroad there at this time,” says Georgetown President John J. DeGioia. “After careful consideration, and following guidance from the U.S. State Department and American University of Cairo (AUC) officials, Georgetown yesterday made the decision to get our students out of the country and began working to make appropriate arrangements.”
The students in Cairo landed safely in Qatar today and will remain there for the next few days.
“We will now begin to focus on the appropriate next steps to meet students’ individual needs as they consult with their families and academic advisors,” DeGioia says.
Staff members from the university’s Office of International Programs have been in regular touch with the students and their families, as well as officials from the State Department and AUC.
“As much as we are appreciative of the fact that our students are safe, we must also continue to be mindful of the ongoing unrest in Egypt,” DeGioia says. “We pray for the safety and wellbeing of the many others who remain in the region … and our thoughts and prayers remain with those in the midst of the current conflict.”