Northwestern University in Qatar

Quaecumque Sunt Vera - Whatsoever things are true


About the Northwestern University in Qatar

Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) was founded in Doha in 2008 as a partnership between Northwestern University and the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. A story of ambition, vision, and achievement, NU-Q's aim is to educate and form the next generation of journalists and media professionals by offering a liberal arts and media education with undergraduate degrees awarded in communication, journalism and strategic communication.

Adhering to the same standards as Northwestern’ s Evanston, Illinois campus, NU-Q provides an educational and extracurricular environment committed to excellent teaching, innovative research, creative achievement and the personal and intellectual growth of its highly diverse community comprised by nearly 400 students from more than 50 countries. NU-Q is a place in which faculty and staff work closely with students and with each other, and where students at all levels interact as part of an innovative and technologically sophisticated learning community.

The university’s academic curriculum is based on that of the Northwestern University School of Communication in the United States. Among the offered majors are the Media Industries and Technology (MIT), which combines elements of the Communication Studies and Radio/TV/Film majors, a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree, and Liberal arts courses focusing on education, comparative literature, and Middle East studies. Regionality and internationality are both fundamental in the NU-Q experience, with the university offering several courses focusing on the Gulf’s culture and history as well as a required junior year residency for students in the Journalism and Strategic Communication Program.

NU-Q is one of the six U.S. schools selected to join Education City, a global gathering place for artists and scientists, entrepreneurs and educators, researchers and innovators. Moreover, it is a place with branch campuses of some of the world’s leading educational institutes, a homegrown research university, start-up incubators, technology parks, heritage sites, and cultural institutions. This initiative is part of a wider investment agenda by the Qatar Foundation to bring world-class higher education to the country and to enable its transition to a knowledge-based economy. What makes NU-Q one of a kind is therefore its state-of-the-art media and communication building in Doha’s Education City and the most advanced technologies in production and broadcast available today.




Working at the Northwestern University in Qatar

As part of the Education City project in Qatar, NU-Q is a thriving hub for independent research and teaching excellence dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive academic community. The aims of NU-Q are several, such as the advancement of learning, the promotion of the value of freedom of expression and independent media, and the education of global media and communication professionals.

Northwestern University in Qatar offers highly competitive salary, overseas benefits and allowances, free housing, research and faculty development support, and internal grants. Faculty also take advantage of the location for personal and professional travel, having the option to participate in major international academic meetings, festivals, and industry conferences.

Some of the benefits for full-time employees are:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • Educational assistance
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Vacation, sick, and holiday pay
  • Excellent retirement plans
  • Work/life balance and resources
  • Dependent school tuition
  • Faculty-staff assistance program

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Key staff:

Northwestern University in Qatar Directory


Everette E. Dennis: Dean & CEO

Hariclea Zengos: Senior Associate Dean and Professor in Residence


Sian Houlsby: Manager of the Dean's Office

Christy Marianta: Executive Assistant to the COO

Alex Schultes: Director of Admissions

Frederico Silva: Assistant Director of Admissions and Strategic Recruitment

Pim Thukral: Chief Operations Officer

Arnold Marcelo: Office Assistant

Key facts:

Founded in 2008 by the Northwestern Univeristy and the Qatar Foundation.

One of six U.S. schools selected to join Education City, a 12 square kilometer campus housing multiple educational and research institutes.

At 515,000 square feet, the Northwestern University in Qatar building is the largest institution of its kind anywhere in the world.

Located in Doha, the capital of Qatar — a place with ambitious aspirations and opportunities that seem to multiply daily. Over the past 10 years, Doha has emerged as a center for business, culture, sport and education, as well as an emerging media capital.

Students, faculty, and staff from more than 50 countries. Approximately 53 percent of NU-Q students are Qatari citizens. Other individuals are drawn from the Middle East & North Africa, South Asia, North America, East Asia & Pacific, Europe & Central Asia, Africa and elsewhere, and provide new understanding and inspiration to others in the community