Qatari media is reporting that a college at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, a member of the Qatar Foundation, is expected to lead discussions during one of the largest annual gatherings of Middle East scholars. According to a report in The Peninsula:
October 18, 2021 The College of Public Policy (CPP) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) will be leading discussions at one of the largest annual gatherings of Middle East scholars when the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) hosts its 55th annual meeting from November 29 to December 3. The virtual meeting will draw scholars from across the world to discuss the most pressing issues facing the region, and the field of higher education. The panel discussion, themed “Comparative Perspectives on the Welfare State and Social Policy in a Neoliberal Era” will feature three papers looking into economic and political issues.
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According to its website, the US-based Middle East Studies Association (MESA) is a private, non-profit academic society that brings together scholars, educators, and those interested in studying the region from all over the world,. It has over 2,800 members and serves as an umbrella organization for more than fifty institutional members and thirty-six affiliated organizations.
Based at the Qatar Education City, Hamad Bin Khalifa University was founded in 2010. Its College of Public Policy has contributed to an MA program led by the university’s College of Islamic Studies, designed for working professionals from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
One of the College of Islamic Studies Advisory Board members is John Esposito, the former head of Georgetown University’s Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, former US State Dept. advisor, and a long-term supporter of the Global Muslim Brotherhood, who has had multiple affiliations with GMB groups. The College of Islamic Studies is also the home of the Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE), launched in 2012 and formerly headed by Global Muslim Brotherhood figure Tariq Ramadan. In September 2021, HBKU signed a three-year memorandum of understanding – to be facilitated by the CIS – with the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM), perhaps the most important university for the Global Muslim Brotherhood.
The Qatar Foundation was established in 1995 by the former Qatari Emir and his wife, Sheikha Moza, mother of the current Emir who serves as its Chairperson. Its website says that Qatar Foundation comprises more than 50 entities working in education, research, and community development. Qatar Foundation’s flagship initiative is the Qatar Education City in Doha, which also hosts the Doha campuses of Ivy League US universities.