The government of Qatar came to the rescue of Xavier University of Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, and now the oil-rich Middle Eastern country is determined to do something similar for earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

The president of Xavier sits on a committee created by Qatar that will analyze proposals for approximately $20 million in grant money that Qatar has earmarked for recovery projects in Haiti.

After Katrina, Qatar gave Xavier a $12.5 million grant to build a new pharmacy building and $5 million in scholarships for students affected by the storm.

A team of top Xavier administrators hosted two Haitian bishops and the rector of the Catholic university in Haiti to work out ideas for a proposed collaboration between Xavier and the Universite Notre-Dame d’Haiti that could involve exchanges of students and professors as well as the creation of a school of pharmacy and an expanded teacher certification program in Haiti.