Rushmans unveiled as a Programme and Course Partner of the Josoor Institute

10th December 2013

Rushmans has been unveiled as a Programme and Course Partner of the Josoor Institute, a centre of excellence designed to give world-class education and training facilities to the people of Qatar, the Middle East and North Africa.

Details of the Josoor Institute were unveiled by Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, during the second annual Doha GOALS Forum.

The Josoor Institute will train many of the people who will play an integral role in Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 FIFA World CupTM, individuals who will then have the knowledge to deliver large-scale sporting and non-sporting events across the region long after 2022.

The Josoor Institute will teach courses on a range of topics from running major events and the business of football to creating a culture of volunteering. Courses will combine classroom-based theory with practical learning in a variety of ways:

Outreach days – Providing university students with the information they need to shape their careers, whilst learning about the opportunities of working in the sports and events industries;

Short courses – Targeted at professionals who wish to develop new skills and gain an awareness of new career opportunities within the sports and event industries;

Programme pathways – A range of professional certificate and diploma programmes providing both academic and work-based experience. These courses aim to prepare graduates for managerial and leadership positions in the sports and event industries.

More than 1,000 participants are expected to attend the Josoor Institute in the first full operational year beginning in October 2014. Georgetown University is working with the Josoor Institute to provide an academic framework and endorsement for coursework.

Although the Josoor Institute is still in development, the first outreach course took place on Friday 9th December, with more than 150 university students attending. Over today and tomorrow a further 100 participants from countries including Kuwait, Libya, Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Sudan will take part in two, short courses on the Business of Football and an Introduction to Running Major Events.

These courses will be delivered by leading specialists in their field, ranging from a former Chief Executive of the Premier League, to those responsible for delivering the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Rugby World Cup.

Salah bin Ghanim Al Ali, Minister of Youth and Sport, said: “Increasing educational opportunities is central to Qatar achieving the ambitious goals set out in the Qatar National Vision 2030. We in Qatar firmly believe that access to education and enabling the transfer of knowledge are key to the advancement of societies across the Middle East.

We believe that learning inspires young people and provides a clear means to improve their lives. That is why we aim to make sport a way of life in Qatar. Participation in sport has the power to broaden the horizons of our youth, inspiring new ways of thinking and easing the path to obtaining new knowledge and skills.

I strongly believe that the Josoor Institute creates an exceptional opportunity for our region. It will provide young people with new opportunities to learn in and outside of the classroom and enhance our ability to host major sporting events. The new knowledge it will create has the power to inspire our young people, providing them with the means to become leaders in their communities and societies.

Finally, I am certain that the Josoor Institute will play an important role in Qatar, by preparing Qatari youth to assist in our great nation’s hosting of a truly amazing 2022 FIFA World Cup™.”

Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee said: “The Josoor Institute will provide the people of Qatar, the Middle East and North Africa with the educational opportunities necessary to realise their dreams of a career in the sports and events industries. The next eight years and beyond are an exciting time for our region and I believe that the Josoor Institute will play a key role in establishing us as pioneers in these industries.”

Nigel Rushman, founder of Rushmans and speaker at the Josoor Institute Course ‘An Introduction to Running Major Events’  said: “This initiative is an important and relevant step in Qatar’s development to build and become a world class sporting host nation. Rushmans are excited to stand alongside the Josoor Institute to help shape talent and leadership in the Middle East and North African regions”

In the first quarter of 2014, the Josoor Institute will host a further series of invitational short courses. Individuals and organisations interested in learning more about these courses and upcoming programme pathways should email  or visit