At Doha's Education City, pioneers cut Western education path

Northwestern University in Qatar brings journalism and communications prowess to the multiversity known as Education City

American news outlet USA TODAY spotlights Northwestern University in Qatar and Education City.

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[Excerpt:] As globalization advances and young people in this oil- and gas-rich region hunger for a western-style education, U.S. universities have not only brought it to their door, as in other cities such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi. They've brought just the specialized slice that sets them apart from competitors: Northwestern has exported its flagship journalism and communications programs; it joins Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, Carnegie Mellon's sciences and business administration programs, Texas A&M's engineering programs, Virginia Commonwealth University's art history and design programs and Weill Cornell's medical college.

The schools, as well as others from Europe and the region, occupy a so-called "multiversity" laid out on a 2,500-acre campus northwest of central Doha. It attracts students from more than 70 countries. Created and underwritten by the Qatar Foundation, which has close ties to the Qatar royal family, Education City has reset educators' expectations about what's possible.

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