Northwestern Qatar welcomes its 13th class

August 30, 2021
Northwestern Qatar welcomed its largest and most diverse class— the Class of 2025— which will join a community that spans the globe, representing nearly 60 nationalities.
“The diversity of our newest class,” Marwan M. Kraidy, dean and CEO of Northwestern Qatar, said, “embodies the uniqueness of Northwestern Qatar and Education City – a global institution nested in Qatar, the Arab world, and the Global South. These new students represent many cultures and languages, and along with the 12 classes before them, make Northwestern Qatar the special place that it is.”
Among the more than 130 students making up the class, many from nations and cultural backgrounds represented for the first time at Northwestern Qatar, are students with a wide array of unique talents and interests.
Sara Mozafari is a rising star violinist and the first student from Serbia to join Northwestern Qatar. Mozafari says that she has always been inspired by the composer John Williams and his ability to tell stories through his music. She plans to study the science of storytelling at Northwestern to better understand how her music can have an impact similar to Williams.
“As someone who is half Serbian and half Iranian, my cultural background has always been part of my identity as an international violinist,” Mozafari said. “Listening to the work of John Williams really inspired me to apply to NU-Q so I can understand how to use my passion for playing the violin to tell stories of identity and belonging.”
For Fatema Janahi, a Bahraini who grew up in Qatar, her interest in majoring in communication has developed after attending a Northwestern Qatar summer program that made her realize the role of mass media in contributing to the region's development.
“Media is not only about writing an article or making a film, she said, “ [but it is also] about making an impact, and I really hope that, as Northwestern students, we can make an impact in our countries through our work,” she added.
Born and raised in the United States to a Palestinian family, Yousef Abdul Fattah decided to study media in the Middle East to connect with the region where his family lived and to contribute to changing how the Arab world is represented in the U.S. media. “For me,” he said, “studying at NU-Q was the perfect choice was because I wanted to fully connect with the region, so I can try to correct how we are portrayed in Western media.”
Another member of the new class is Lebanese-Colombian debater Fairuz Isaa, whose upbringing between Colombia, Venezuela, and Qatar made her aware of the power of storytelling in bridging cultural gaps. For Issa, who plans to major in journalism and pursue courses in social sciences, studying at Northwestern Qatar is a gateway to building global connections and to promoting understanding across cultures and differences.
In welcoming the new class to the school, Alex Schultes, Northwestern Qatar’s assistant dean for the student experience, said the diverse views and experiences that the new students bring will help enrich campus life and enhance learning opportunities for all community members.
“Our Northwestern family in Doha hails from five continents,” he noted, “learning more about one another and embracing shared values, as we strive to inspire the next generation of global leaders, will provide a formative university experience for students through learning programs, services, and mentoring for our students and alumni.”