Executive Director

Message from the excutive director

The Global Studies  Institute-Qatar is a unique organization designed to offer students and citizens in Qatar opportunities grounded in educational and professional growth. We leverage our resources and technology solutions to provide students with world-class educational experiences. In addition, we partner with international universities and institutions to offer academic and professional programs that meet the needs of the local job market and empower candidates with skills required to enhance their employability. We currently partner with three American universities: Arkansas State University, the University of South Carolina, and the State University of New York (SUNY) Adirondack.

As facilitators for university programs, we help students apply to the program of their choice among our university partners and continue to support them as they join the student body. Students attend classes in our facilities but receive instruction from university faculty based in the United States of America. In addition, our live-classroom technology—licensed by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Qatar—fosters an engaging classroom environment that promotes interactive exchanges between faculty and students.

Our programs offer options for students to study cybersecurity, digital technology and design, engineering management systems, and education and business leadership. High school graduates who are still uncertain about a study path in college can join our liberal arts program to explore various subjects and discover their passions and interests. Students can also take courses and transfer these credits to any partner university (after one year) if they wish to travel to a different country or pursue a different university program within Qatar.

It is our goal to be known as an institute of “options and opportunities” wherein students and professionals can find academic courses and workshops designed to improve their language skills and professional practices. Today, we are encouraged and determined to offer even more opportunities as we expand our programs to serve high school graduates and professionals in education and other industries.

At GSI, we are so excited to open up a world of brand-new opportunities for knowledge seekers in Qatar. At the same time, we are committed to ensuring students receive an authentic and rigorous educational experience in a learning environment that promotes academic and professional growth along with personal responsibility and resilience.

Do not hesitate to contact us to learn more about how we can help you discover the options and opportunities best suited for your own personal needs.

– Dr. Shaker Lashuel

Shaker A. Lashuel is the current executive director of the Global Studies Institute. Before joining GSI, Dr. Lashuel worked in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia as the scientific support program manager at AlMuallem Center for Knowledge and Education—overseeing funding for higher education initiatives and institutions both within the Saudi Kingdom and abroad. However, it was in New York City where Dr. Lashuel initially launched his education career in 1996, working for the NYC Department of Education for 15 years. It was during this time that he taught science and technology while holding training and administrative-based roles at the school level. In 2009, he joined a district-level team that supervised and supported teaching and learning across 25 PreK-12 schools

Biography

Shaker A. Lashuel is the current executive director of the Global Studies Institute. Before joining GSI, Dr. Lashuel worked in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia as the scientific support program manager at AlMuallem Center for Knowledge and Education—overseeing funding for higher education initiatives and institutions both within the Saudi Kingdom and abroad. However, it was in New York City where Dr. Lashuel initially launched his education career in 1996, working for the NYC Department of Education for 15 years. It was during this time that he taught science and technology while holding training and administrative-based roles at the school level. In 2009, he joined a district-level team that supervised and supported teaching and learning across 25 PreK-12 schools.

Dr. Lashuel has actively worked to raise awareness about educational issues, both within the Arab-American community and across the Gulf region. He strongly believes in the role civil society plays in improving access and quality with respect to education, especially in impoverished communities. As such, his TEDx Taiz (in Arabic) focused on highlighting the role of local individuals and communities in improving the quality of schools and educational opportunities. He has written a series of articles on the topic, and his latest published works include a book on refining the overall quality of schools: Improving Education: Practical Field Applications. The Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States published both this and Dr. Lashuel’s latest translated book, Assessment Literacy for Educators in a Hurry. He has also served as a contributing author for a book on the conflict in Yemen and its impact on education and co-authored another on the topic of professional learning communities in schools (under review).

Dr. Lashuel has co-founded several Arab-American organizations promoting education while also organizing conferences and forums about educational challenges facing minority communities. He holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from Brooklyn College (part of the City University of New York), a master’s degree in secondary science education from Long Island University, a master’s degree in school management and leadership from Moreland University, a certification in school management and leadership from Harvard University, and a doctorate in educational technology from Pace University.