GU students evacuated from Cairo

In an email sent earlier this afternoon, Georgetown University president John DeGioia affirmed that the undergraduates studying at the AUC campus “are out of Cairo and have now landed safely in Qatar.”

Getting the students out of Egypt was the first concern. Now, according to university spokesperson Julie Green Bataille,  “We will now begin to focus on appropriate next steps as students consult with family members and academic advisors.”

full text of DeGioia’s email:

January 31, 2011

Dear Members of the Georgetown University Community:

Many of us have been watching the events unfold in Cairo, Egypt over the past few days. As we monitored the situation, it was clear over the weekend that we needed to take steps to ensure the safety of the members of our community who were abroad there at this time. Fifteen undergraduates were just beginning their semester of study at the American University of Cairo (AUC). After careful consideration, and following guidance from the U.S. State Department and American University of Cairo officials, Georgetown yesterday made the decision to get our students out of the country and began working to make appropriate arrangements. Thanks to the help of many individuals, especially colleagues at our campus in Doha, Qatar, I am pleased to report that all of our students are out of Cairo and have now landed safely in Qatar where they will remain for the next few days.

For the past several days, staff members from the Office of International Programs have been in regular touch with officials from the U.S. Department of State, AUC personnel, our students, and our students’ families and have worked tirelessly to understand the evolving nature of events and make the best decisions to keep our students safe. Getting our students out of Egypt safely and as quickly as possible was our primary goal. I am deeply grateful to the many individuals involved in this effort and for the care our community has shown for one another. We will now begin to focus on the appropriate next steps to meet students’ individual needs as they consult with their families and academic advisors.

As much as we are appreciative of the fact that our students are safe, we must also continue to be mindful of the ongoing unrest in Egypt. We pray for the safety and wellbeing of the many others who remain in the region, and we are seeking to understand these events. Our thoughts and prayers remain with those in the midst of the current conflict.

Sincerely,

John J. DeGioia

Earlier this afternoon, Julie Green Bataille, associate vice president for communications and university spokesperson made a statement about the students evacuated.

Full text of Bataille’s statement:

“The Qatar Airways flight with Georgetown University’s students studying abroad in Cairo, Egypt has just landed safely in Doha, Qatar. All of our undergraduate students were on the flight and are now in Doha with representatives from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service campus there. We are grateful to all those who worked with us expeditiously to make safe transportation available to safely get our students out of Cairo.

“Our students will be hosted by students and staff at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service campus in Doha for the next few days as we determine the most appropriate next steps to meet their individual needs. Our first priority was to ensure their safe transport out of Egypt. We will now begin to focus on appropriate next steps as students consult with family members and academic advisors.”

3 Comments on “GU students evacuated from Cairo

  1. As parents of one of these students, my husband and I are grateful to President DeGioia for his work on helping these students and to the wonderful staff in the Office of International Programs. They kept us updated and ensured the safety of the students. Thanks so much.

  2. [quote]For the past several days, staff members from the Office of International Programs have been in regular touch with officials from the U.S. Department of State, AUC personnel, our students, and our students’ families…[/quote]

    As a friend of one of these students, I am appalled at the lie that the university had been in \regular touch\ with the students. I know for a fact that as of Sunday morning, a friend of mine had not been in contact with OIP/Georgetown for days because they had contacted me with their information to give to OIP since all that they could get is an automated message system. Good going Georgetown.

  3. Wow I’ll definitely go with an anonymous “Friend” over a parent who actually puts their real name.

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