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10/5/2011 11:00:00 AM
Xavier to collaborate with Catholic university in Haiti
Catholic News Service

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.

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