Georgetown University students return from study trip
10 Apr 2017 - 11:09
Twelve Georgetown University in Qatar students returned from an intensive nine-day trip to Cambodia to learn about the role of education in the development of the Southeast Asian nation.
The students were in the country as part of the University’s community education programme, which aims to provide them with real-world experience of theoretical concepts discussed in class.
Through workshops both before and during the trip, students were briefed onthe state of education in Cambodia and the impact of the genocide orchestrated by the Khmer Rouge regime, where vast numbers of intellectuals and academics were killed. They were then able to meet with local community members to gather their own understanding of how the country is dealing with the effects of this tragedy, more than three decades later.
“Every year we look at different case studies that are interesting to our students and tie in to what they study in the classroom,” explained Uday Rosario, assistant director for student programs at GU-Q. “We decided on Cambodia because of the role education played in the genocide, and the role that education has played in the growth of the state.”
This year, the programme included input from student leaders, who worked with GU-Q staff to select the destination and focus of the trip. Students spent 10-12 hours in the classroom before departing to Cambodia, and spent three days meeting withdevelopment actors, academics, students, and government officials on the ground to learn about their experiences.
“A lot of the things we were exposed to came back to the Khmer Rouge and their history,” said GU-Q student Farah Mazen Mahfouz