SFS-Qatar: “Huge mistake” or valuable, unique addition?
Members of SFS-Q’s first graduating class
Awhile ago, Fear and Loathing Georgetown, a blog maintained by an anonymous School of Foreign Service grad, posted a rant about how Georgetown creating SFS-Qatar was “a huge mistake.”
The main points were that Qatar doesn’t offer the same academic quality as the main campus, and that students there aren’t exposed to Georgetown’s real campus culture. There are also complaints that SFS-Q is “a glorified finishing school for the royalty of Qatar and the surrounding Gulf States.”
After lying dormant for awhile, a current SFS-Q student happened to find the post and left a passionate response, reigniting the debate.
In his response, the SFS-Q student argues that while the culture at SFS-Q is different from that of the main campus, most students spend some time in D.C. during their college career and SFS-Q offers opportunities—like Service Learning trips—that the main campus doesn’t.
Not content to the disagreement lie, Fear and Loathing Georgetown posted its own lengthy rejoinder, attempting to rebut the claims made by the SFS-Q student and sticking to its original diagnosis of the school.
But what say you?