Several U.S. universities with campuses in Qatar say they are continuing to operate as usual despite last week’s diplomatic crisis.
On June 5, Saudi Arabia and its allies including United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt led a regional effort to cut diplomatic ties and shut down air and sea traffic with Qatar, accusing it of funding terrorism – charges that government officials in Doha have denied.
Georgetown University, one of several American schools with campuses in Doha, told VOA's Student Union that its summer school classes are proceeding as scheduled in Qatar, with offices operating normally.
"Georgetown's top priority is the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff," the university said in a statement, adding that the school's administrators are “monitoring the situation closely."
Alan Cubbage, Northwestern University‘s vice president for university relations, said there are no plans to cancel classes or change operations in Qatar: "We are keeping students, faculty, and staff at NU-Q informed. The safety and security of our students, faculty, and staff are top priorities of the university."
The Qatar Foundation, which administers Education City where international schools are located, says the Qatari government has taken the necessary measures and precautions to ensure that citizens and residents are not affected by the crisis.
"[While] QF is saddened by current regional developments, these events have no impact on our operations nor our future plans, and we remain committed to developing local, regional and international talent,” the foundation said in a statement to media. “We look forward to welcoming a fresh intake of undergraduates next term."
The Education City campus in Qatar hosts eight international universities, including six from the U.S. - Carnegie Mellon University, Weill Cornell Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, Texas A&M University, Northwestern, and Georgetown. The campus also includes the French HEC Paris and the British University College London.