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HCC in a city that shares the energy sector as an economic driver, similar to Qatar, the choice of the nation partnering with HCC may not seem so arbitrary after all. And today, Houston has a more diverse economic base than the energy sector. After near-disastrous fluctuations in the energy sector during the 1970s, the city learned to diversify, and the economy is now supported by the world’s largest medical center, a significant financial and commodity trading center, and one of the world’s largest transportation nodes. Houston is the international center for energy, finance, and space exploration. As a major airline hub, Houston’s two airports create nonstop portals to three continents— Europe, South America, and the Middle East/Asia. Houston also has the third, soon to be the second, largest port, shipping and logistics center in the United States. Oil and gas, however, are the primary economic pillar that unites the city with the global economy. In building a partnership between two different regions, one must consider what assets each partner has to make the partnership successful. HCC’s reputation is at stake, and with respect to HCC in Qatar, the reputation of Houston is also on the line. Failure is not an option. Houston’s economy is literally affected by decisions made in Doha, Qatar. Qatar is building one of only three liquid natural gas ship terminals in the world—near Houston. This project will create thousands of new jobs and the need and opportunity for training in Houston. The country’s five-star airline, Qatar Airways, flies daily nonstops between Houston and Doha. Between the two cities there is ongoing trade, an increase of more than $270 million in the last few years, and renewed discussions of becoming “sisters.” Clearly, energy and finance, jobs and transportation, connect these two metropolises. Yet another connection links the two places naturally: recognition of the need for an educated population to prepare for a competitive future. In today’s global economy, accomplishing that efficiently, effectively, and speedily is essential. With Texas A&M University and Houston’s DeBakey High School having branches in Doha, a natural partnership easily flowered.

Forming the Houstondoha Partnership
In January 2010 HCC was invited to participate in a competitive response to a formal Request for Proposal to help develop the Community College of Qatar. On May 19, 2010, HCC was the successful bidder and won a five-year $45 million contract to provide curriculum, faculty, and administrative expertise. Within five months of signing the partnership agreement, the first of its kind for this sector, HCC had credentialed 43 faculty, administrators, and staff and deployed them to Doha. Despite the challenges of instituting a turn-key community college operation nine time zones away, HCC helped CCQ open its first campus on September 26, 2010. A successful partner must anticipate and be willing to innovate or redesign processes to meet new expectations. Flexibility and ingenuity along with patience and diplomacy are skills that cannot be in short supply. Reinventing processes in place for decades might be intimidating for slowmoving institutions, but HCC has a history of investing in innovation that made this challenge a learning experience while simultaneously one that was exciting and fun. Thanks to the annual Chancellor’s Innovation Fund Awards, a team of faculty and administrators had serendipitously won a $100,000 grant to expand international opportunities. While they applied for other grants successfully, this team was a perfect complement to the small Office of International Initiatives that worked in a studio format to write the winning professional RFP. The Qatar government abbreviated some of the immigration requirements in order to fast-track the implementation of the project while HCC handled putting the turnkey operation in place. HCC could help CCQ open on time because of knowledge and confidence gained from earlier experiences with international partners. Before the Qatar contract was formally signed, the administration had developed a working plan and built the essential elements to initiate the processes of modifying curriculum and quickly hiring faculty and staff. For example, HCC reinvented our hiring and credentialing

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International Educator - September/October 2011
Contents
From the Editors
In Brief
Building a Literate World
In Sync:  The Peace Corps and International Education
Expanding Cooperative Education Across the Globe
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
Partnering
A View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
Supplement: A 360º View
Supplement: Making the Numbers Work
Supplement: International Recruitment and Enrollment Listings
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - In Brief
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - Education Abroad
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - Foreign Student Affairs
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - Partnering
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - A View From Out Here
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - Forum
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - In Focus
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - Supplement: A 360º View
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - S10
International Educator - September/October 2011 - Supplement: Making the Numbers Work
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - Supplement: International Recruitment and Enrollment Listings
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