Posted on January 13, 2016

In a landmark agreement signed recently between Qatar University’s College of Arts and Sciences (QU-CAS) and the Durham University, will see the initiation of a dual award PhD in Gulf Studies. Gulf Studies is a leading program at Qatar University, which currently offers a Masters degree, in addition to a Ph.D. The Dual award Ph.D. gives students an additional degree option, and will involve students spending time at both institutions and receiving co-supervision of their thesis. The QU President Dr. Hassan Al–Derham, and the Vice-Chancellor of the Durham University, Professor Stuart Corbridge, signed the agreement at Durham University.

Durham University is ranked 61st in the world in the QS University Rankings (2015/16) and is recognized as a global leader in Social Sciences where it is ranked 36th globally by the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings subject league tables. It has a leading international reputation for Middle Eastern and Gulf Studies, and this partnership allows students to benefit from the range of expertise at Durham University, in addition to those within the Qatar University’s Gulf Studies program.

QU President Dr. Hassan Al-Derham said: “This agreement will support Qatar University’s leading academic role in advancing quality education and research, and enhancing the economic and social development of the State”. “This new collaboration will also promote close ties between the two institutions and will be aligned with our stated strategic direction to build partnerships with top universities around the world”, he added.

Durham University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Stuart Corbridge, said:  “I am delighted to cement an already strong relationship with Qatar University through signing this agreement for a joint PhD in Gulf Studies.  Durham has an excellent reputation for delivery of high quality teaching and research in this area of study. Qatar University is a natural partner for us in what is a new and exciting initiative for the School of Government and International Affairs. I look forward to the development of further collaborative projects between our universities in the future.”

CAS Dean Dr. Eiman Mustafawi noted: “We’re certain that partnering with Durham University with its long and distinguished history of focusing on the study of the states, communities, economies, and cultures of the Arabian Peninsula, Iran, and Iraq, will enable students to contribute to one of the world’s most rapidly developing region through delivering research supervision and training offered by experts in Qatar and United Kingdom.”  “The College of Arts and Sciences is proud to be home to the world’s first graduate programs (MA and PhD) to focus exclusively on the Gulf within the region itself. With these two graduate programs, the Gulf Studies Research Center aims to provide students with an in-depth and interdisciplinary understanding of issues related to the contemporary states of the Gulf”, she added

Dr. Mustafawi stated further: “Our PhD program provides students with the unprecedented opportunity to engage with leading academics and experts in the field through research classes, coursework, conferences, special seminars, guest lectures”.