By Andy Sambidge
Plans for Josoor Institute revealed to offer world-class education and training facilities
Qatar is planning to set up a new centre of excellence to train many of the people who will play a key role in making the Qatar 2022 World Cup a success.
The Josoor Institute, which is designed to give world-class education and training facilities to the people of Qatar, the Middle East and North Africa, was unveiled by Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee.
He said the Josoor Institute will play a big part in the preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and beyond.
It will teach courses on a range of topics from running major events and the business of football to creating a culture of volunteering.
Courses at the Josoor Institute will combine classroom-based theory with practical learning.
More than 1,000 participants are expected to attend the Josoor Institute in the first full operational year beginning in October 2014. Georgetown University is working with the Institute to provide an academic framework and endorsement for coursework.
Courses will be delivered by leading specialists in their field, ranging from a former chief executive of the Premier League, to those responsible for delivering the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Rugby World Cup.
Salah bin Ghanim Al Ali, Minister of Youth and Sport, said: "Increasing educational opportunities is central to Qatar's achieving the ambitious goals set out in the Qatar National Vision 2030. We in Qatar firmly believe that access to education and enabling the transfer of knowledge are key to the advancement of societies across the Middle East.
"We believe that learning inspires young people and provides a clear means to improve their lives. That is why we aim to make sport a way of life in Qatar.
"I am certain that the Josoor Institute will play an important role in Qatar, by preparing Qatari youth to assist in our great nation's hosting of a truly amazing 2022 FIFA World Cup."
Al Thawadi added: "The next eight years and beyond are an exciting time for our region and I believe that the Josoor Institute will play a key role in establishing us as pioneers in these industries."
One assumes this will be staffed mainly by expatriates.