Northwestern’s Qatar campus comes home

For five days, members of the Northwestern community will be able to meet with and learn from representatives from the Qatar campus.

Northwestern University’s campus in Qatar – NU-Q – will send a delegation from Doha to Evanston for its annual NU-Q in Evanston week from May 14 to 18. The delegation of faculty, staff, and students will showcase their creative work, research, and share experiences from the Middle East. View the schedule of events.

“Although we are 7,000 miles away from our home campus, NU-Q is very much a part of the greater Northwestern community,” said Everette E. Dennis, dean and CEO. “Our students are familiar with Northwestern traditions and most have visited or spent time studying on campus; our faculty and staff are connected and work closely across continents to align their respective work; and we’ve had numerous visits from Northwestern leadership, which has been instrumental in ensuring our reciprocal cooperation.”

For five days, members of the Northwestern community will be able to meet with and learn from representatives from the Qatar campus. A series of events, including a special “NU-Q Day – Celebrating the Student Experience” invites people to learn about the academic and extracurricular offerings at NU-Q, pick up some free gifts, and explore Arabic calligraphy.

Members of the delegation fan out over the campus holding scores of meetings with faculty members, administrators, and students. NU-Q’s student ambassadors are on campus for the week and also connect with Evanston student and several NU-Q peers who are studying at the School of Communications this winter and spring.

NU-Q’s leadership hosts a luncheon that provides a platform for a report to the Evanston community on the state of the Doha campus and its programs. 

In addition, the Evanston community is invited to watch the screening of “Lonnie Holley: The Truth of the Dirt,” a documentary by Northwestern Professors Marco Williams and Danielle Beverly. Williams and Beverly hold joint appointments on both the Evanston and Doha campuses.

NU-Q will also provide details about its planned new museum – The Media Majlis at Northwestern University in Qatar – which is scheduled for opening this fall. The Media Majlis will be the first university museum in Qatar, and the first in the region to be addressing major themes and ideas in media, journalism, and communication across the Arab world. The museum will also feature extensive digital-capacity exhibitions that will allow visitors to engage and contribute to the content that is showcased. 

NU-Q is Northwestern’s 12th school and only global campus. It brings together the curricula of Medill, the School of Communication, and the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences to deliver a world-class American education in Qatar. Operating in Qatar since September of 2008, the school will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary next year. With seven graduated classes, NU-Q has an alumni network of 282 graduates, and has confirmed the enrollment of its largest incoming class to date. 

Located in the heart of the Middle East, NU-Q’s students are in the epicenter of a geopolitics, witnessing a massive transformation in the role of media and communication. NU-Q offers opportunities for students from the Evanston campus to spend a semester exploring life and sampling classes in the Middle East.