This is part of the Education City campus being developed by the Qatar Foundation of Education, Science and Community in Doha, the capital city.
Carolina would control curriculum and faculty hir-
ing (presumably faculty in Chapel Hill would be
offered opportunities in Qatar), and the UNC admis-
sions office would apply its standards. Initially about 25
students in Qatar would be admitted as freshmen. The
College of Arts and Sciences would oversee freshmen
and sophomores, and Kenan-Flagler would take over
when they become juniors.
Qatari students would spend two summers study-
ing in Chapel Hill. Plans do not call for UNC stu-
dents to study in Qatar, but offi-
cials say future opportunities for
Carolina students are a natural
outgrowth ofsuch a program.
UNC officials say they have
put a sharp focus on safety and
security and that, while those
are irrefutable concerns, they are
encouraged Qatar is a relatively
safe place. But e-mail records
obtained by The N&O indi-
cated UNC officials had sub-
stantial security concerns and
had built beefed-up security
into the budget.
English Professor Jan1es
Thompson said he left on the
fact-finding trip extremely skep-
tical and ready to come back
and denounce the plan - but
just the opposite happened.
Thompson said that, more than
ever, it's a bad time to spurn
overtures from moderate Islamic
states." He said that in reading
some 20 English-language
newspapers there, he was struck
with the realization that Americans know nothing
about this part of the world and pay no attention to it
"until we want something from them." He sees the
plan as an opportunity for cultural exchange and that
"that should be the overriding concern."
"We can sit on the sidelines and be observers,"
Kenan-Flagler Dean Robert Sullivan told students,
"but we're being presented with an absolutely out-
Dennis Rondinelli, Glaxo distinguished professor
ofbusiness, doesn't think so. Rondinelli spent more
than 20 years working with U.S. and international aid
organizations, and he wrote in a Daily Tar Heel col-
umn,"I, and many of my colleagues, Can1e to the
conclusion that simply transferring American institu-
tions to other countries and cultures had little positive
impact." He said he thinks dangers to Americans in
that part ofthe world are too great and that he sus-
pects the main motivation behind the plan is money.
"My own beliefis things are going to be volatile
for a long time into the future," he told the Review.
"That we're going to have much impact on Islamic
minds is a little far-fetched, I think."
-David E. Brown. ' 75
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