Welcome Back Qatar

As SC4 students were beginning the semester, a few faces were absent from campus.
A five-person team consisting of SC4 President Dr. Kevin Pollock, SC4 professor Robert Tansky, retired SC4 professor Thomas Mooney, SC4 Trustee Nicholas DeGrazia and Board of Trustees Chair John Adair.
According to a press release by Shawn Starkey, Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing, and Legislative Affairs for SC4, the group met with His Excellence Abdullla Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, five-time president of OPEC and current minister of education in Qatar; His Excellence Abdullah Khalid Al-Attiya, governor of Qatar Central Bank; Abdulrahman Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, secretary general of the Gulf Corporation Council; Mohamed Abdulla Al-Attiyia, petroleum engineer; and Sultan K. Elsewidi, retired sports industry executive.
The trip was to discuss collaboration between SC4 and a new community college being built in the capital city Doha, Qatar, having students from Qatar study English at SC4, and possible student and faculty exchanges.
“They’re trying to choose one to maybe three or four selective community colleges in the United States to work with,” said Pollock. “We’re pretty excited about opportunities for educational and cultural exchanges.”
“[Qatar has] picked out the top schools in the world to educate their young people,” said Tansky. “They also realize how important international trade is.”
Both Tansky and Pollock said the Qatari people understood the value of education. During the trip, a student excused himself to get something “special.” He returned with an Economy book from Tansky’s class, taught in the 70’s.
The deal between Qatari officials is not set in stone, however. SC4 has submitted a proposal, which will be gone over by members of the new Qatari community college.
“It all depends on what they’ll let us do with the next steps,” said Pollock.
Nonetheless, Pollock and Tansky found the trip “worthwhile,” and remain optimistic for what this could mean at SC4 when it comes to cultural and educational exchange.
“The better understanding we have of outside of our own little area, the better we’re going to be,” Pollock said.

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