High level professionals from a range of industries in Qatar were able to refine their skills in risk management and disaster recovery planning at a recent course held by Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies. The two-day intensive certificate programme, titled ‘Emergency Preparedness: Developing and Evaluating Mitigation Plans’, was recently offered for the first time in Qatar and Oman.

Drawing on the strengths and expertise of faculty involved in Georgetown University’s Executive Masters of Professional Studies in Emergency and Disaster Management (EDM) degree, the short course was aimed at giving participants a better understanding of the various approaches to planning their organisational response to hazards and disasters.

A number of the participants had no previous background on emergency and disaster management at an advanced level, but signed up for the course as they found that their daily work required a greater understanding of the subject.

Senior risk engineer at Ashghal Vipin Vijayakumar said that the short course could help him develop a ‘formal’ knowledge on the subject and could lay a framework that he could use and take back to his organisation. He has been working in the field for the past three years.

Khalid Ali Al-Jufairi, PhD candidate at the University of Paris-Sud and commercial strategy specialist at Ooredoo, said that the instructors are very knowledgeable on the subject matter.

The content of the course was very relevant, as it gives you the analytical tools, procedures, and also the critical thinking that you need to bring to the table when you discuss risk assessment.’

Jaynald J Canaria, a senior flight nurse and paramedic at Qatar Petroleum’s offshore operations, explained that he wanted to take the course because his job requires constant planning, and because hazard and risk are always there in the work place.

If you don’t know how to approach, mitigate, plan (your response), then properties may be lost or worse, lives may be lost.’

The certificate programme also served as an introduction to some of the topics discussed in-depth in Georgetown’s new GCC-focused executive master’s degree. The University’s full EDM degree is tailored for the Gulf region, and seeks to provide professionals with skills needed to effectively mitigate the impact of potential threats and manage response efforts across the region. The first cohort of the EDM degree programme will begin their studies this August 2017, and applications close on 1 May.

Interested students can find more information about the programme on cee.georgetown.edu/edm.