HRM Students Return from a ‘Transformative Experience’ in Doha, Qatar

 
 

HRM Students Return from a ‘Transformative Experience’ in Doha, Qatar

From June 7-13, 2014, students and accompanying staff from the Master’s in Human Resources Management (HRM) program traveled to Doha, Qatar to fully experience human resources on the global level. “HR is a global practice,” says Dr. Christopher Metzler, senior associate dean at the Georgetown School of Continuing Studies. “The International Immersion Program gives our HRM students a competitive advantage.”

This was program’s sixth International Immersion but its first trip to the Middle East. The intensive, weeklong class in Doha provided students with a new perspective on managing human resources in a different culture.

Hands-on Learning in a Growing Economy

“The rapid and continued growth of Doha’s commerce makes this an exciting time to study the region,” explains Calvin Pringle, the program’s director. “Our students were afforded the opportunity to interact with business and academic leaders who are contemplating the role of HR amidst this rapid change.”

The location of this summer’s immersion program was of particular interest since Doha will be among the host cities for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The Georgetown HRM students had the opportunity to examine the labor system in place for the games and debate the human resources implications associated with a major international event of this nature.

"The Georgetown students were a pleasure to speak with,” adds Ryan Bowd, director of education at the Josoor Institute. “They asked insightful questions and really came to grips with our unique initiative for developing the human capital needs of the sports and events industry in the Middle East and North Africa."

‘Invaluable Insight for Practicing HR in a Global Context’

Throughout the immersion program, students studied human resources practices using case studies, experiential learning and debriefing sessions while simultaneously navigating cultural differences, a practice integral to international human resources.

George Ho

“I found the HRM Doha Immersion Program to be a transformative experience,” says George Ho (featured right), one of the HRM degree candidates. “This educational experience provided invaluable insight for practicing HR in the global context, which I see as a key competency and competitive advantage for current and future HR leaders. Specifically, the opportunity to have an open dialogue with leaders at key companies such as Qatar Airways and Qatar Stars League pushed me to think broadly and creatively in the application of my existing HR knowledge.

“Additionally, I had a great deal of fun on the trip and formed meaningful relationships with my classmates and the faculty,” adds George Ho.

Exploring the Thriving Capital City of Qatar

From the opening reception at the Glo cocktail bar to the farewell dinner at the Spice Market restaurant, students had chance to explore the thriving and beautiful capital city of Qatar. Outings included visits to the Museum of Islamic Art and traditional Souq Waquif outdoor market.

Doha is the home of Georgetown University’s top-ranked School of Foreign Service in Qatar. It is also the site of Education City, part of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Education City is a leading research and educational facility for many of the world’s top universities, including Georgetown, Cornell, Carnegie Mellon, Northwestern, Texas A&M and Virginia Commonwealth.

For more information on all that Doha has to offer, visit the Qatar Tourism Authority.

Check out photos from the HRM Immersion Program in Doha below.

Qatar Stars League

HRM students at the Qatar Stars League

HRM students Ruth Rose, Natridee Saethia and Dana Madhoun

HRM students Ruth Rose, Natridee Saethia and Dana Madhoun 

Qatar Stars League welcomes Georgetown HRM students

Qatar Stars League welcomes Georgetown HRM students 

HRM students exploring the major functions of starting an HR startup in Qatar: Employment, Comp and Benefits, and Learning and Development

HRM students exploring the major functions of starting an HR startup in Qatar: Employment, Comp and Benefits, and Learning and Development

Dr. Metzler and HRM students Idongesit Chamberlain-Diala and Pearl Okam at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service

Dr. Metzler and HRM students Idongesit Chamberlain-Diala and Pearl Okam at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service 

Amazing presentation on “Driving Industry through Human Capital Development and Knowledge Creation/Management” given by Ryan Bowd, director of education at the Josoor Institute

Insightful presentation on “Driving Industry through Human Capital Development and Knowledge Creation/Management” given by Ryan Bowd, director of education at the Josoor Institute 

HRM student Cedric Chan on an evening boat tour along the Corniche River

HRM student Cedric Chan on an evening boat tour along the Corniche River

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