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Qatar Campus Welcomes Second Class

Applications for the class of 2013 rise by more than 70 percent over last year's inaugural class.

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August 17, 2009 | by Pat Vaughan Tremmel
DOHA, QATAR --- Northwestern University’s campus in Doha, Qatar, welcomed members of its Class of 2013 at a Dean’s Convocation Aug. 16. Following a weeklong “Wildcat Welcome” orientation program, these students will join returning students for the start of classes in Doha Aug. 23.

The Qatar campus, which offers undergraduate degrees in communication and journalism, began operating in 2008. As students and faculty are added year by year, the campus will offer full undergraduate programs in 2011-12.

The Class of 2013 includes 36 students -- 19 in the communication program and 17 in journalism. Fifteen members of the class are Qatari citizens; the balance represent 15 other nationalities.  

John Margolis, dean of Northwestern University in Qatar, said that he was pleased by the results of the campus recruitment efforts for this year’s class.  

“Applications for the Class of 2013 were 72 percent greater than for our inaugural class,” he said. “It is clear that we are gaining recognition in the region for our outstanding programs. Thus, we were able to increase our selectivity, offering admission to fewer than one-third of the applicants. The students who are joining us this year are a remarkable group of young people, and we are delighted that they have decided to join our community.”

Additional faculty members have joined Northwestern University in Qatar to teach the increased number of students and offer courses at both the freshman and sophomore levels. Margolis said that the communication and journalism programs have welcomed six new faculty members, four of whom have come directly from the Evanston campus. In addition, new faculty members teaching liberal arts courses have been hired in a joint arrangement with Carnegie Mellon in Qatar, into whose building Northwestern shortly will be moving. According to Margolis, all faculty members who teach courses at NU-Q are vetted by and hold faculty appointments in the School of Communication, the Medill School of Journalism or the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.

“With the arrival of the Class of 2013, we are effectively doubling the size of our student body and our curricular offerings,” Margolis said. “The successes we achieved during our inaugural year and our ability to meet the demands of this rapid growth are the result of the dedication and hard work of the NU-Q faculty and staff.”¬¬¬

Northwestern University in Qatar’s journalism program, offered by the Medill School of Journalism, prepares students for careers in print, broadcast and online news media. Northwestern’s School of Communication offers a major in Media Industries and Technologies, preparing students for management and creative roles in communication and media industries, and for responsible civic participation in the proliferating world of global media. Both of these programs are modeled on curricula offered on the Evanston campus.

Northwestern University in Qatar is a partnership with the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development in the rapidly developing community in Doha called “Education City.” In addition to Carnegie Mellon, American institutions offering degree programs in Education City are Cornell University, Georgetown University, Texas A&M University and Virginia Commonwealth University.
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