Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) has launched its annual report, ‘Envisioning the Future: Year in Review 2013 – 14,’ that recognizes great strides over the year and maps out how NU-Q’s larger strategic plan is aligned with Qatar’s national strategy, including the creation of a ‘media city.’
The report outlines future scenarios and the role that NU-Q might play. A ‘media city,’ or cluster of media and media-related industries and activities, has already occurred in other countries and is consistent with Qatar’s ambitions to be a media hub. However, the report notes how this plays out in Qatar where there is already considerable growth in the media and entertainment industries creating the steady need for talent, which NU-Q is producing.
NU-Q is collaborating in fashioning a grand strategy for communication that contributes to the advancement of the State of Qatar’s Vision 2030 with its ambitions for economic, human, social and environmental development. Each pillar has a vital need for responsive and interactive communication.
“It is clear to see great strides have been taken in nurturing a vibrant media ecosystem in Qatar and it is notable NU-Q is at the heart of its development and direction,” said Everette E. Dennis, Dean and CEO of NU-Q. “NU-Q’s pace is not surprising given the constructive potential to produce educated women and men dedicated to careers in media and entertainment industries, the academy and other institutions. Our ultimate goal is to demonstrate NU-Q can give students an education unique in the world and worthy of a great university,” he added.
“Our hope of creating a distinctive school of communication and journalism embedded in the liberal arts in Qatar is on course and more than meeting its goals. Our class of 2018 is the largest to date, with the largest number of Qatari’s,” said Dennis. “We have successfully recruited new faculty with distinguished backgrounds, and placed NU-Q graduates in some of the world’s top graduate schools and profession positions with leading media organizations. At the same time, our NU-Q signature media-use research survey has received significant academic and industry recognition,” he added.
As part of NU-Q’s efforts to advance higher education as an instrument of human capital development, NU-Q’s faculty and staff have connected with local business, with institutions embracing education, culture, health care, sport, extractive industries and other enterprises. This includes the biannual Qatar Media Industries Forum, a unique platform for engaging decision-makers across Qatar’s growing media and communication industry, which most recently had an open discussion about the media’s impact on Qatar’s image internationally. In addition, there were numerous events and collaborations available to NU-Q’s students including the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting which urged NU-Q students to debunk stereotypes of the Muslim world by reporting untold stories to global audiences, and Al Jazeera which offered several workshops and consultations by media professionals throughout the academic year as part of the Al Jazeera Speaker Series.
Students at NU-Q receive instruction from a world-class international faculty across three major programs including Journalism, Communication and Liberal Arts. As part of Northwestern University, it boasts more than 200,000 living alumni, including countless public figures, statespersons, and societal leaders. NU-Q is committed to excellent teaching, innovative research and the personal intellectual growth of students within a diverse academic community.
The programs at NU-Q help cultivate top talent from Qatar and the region and alum have found success at major institutions such as: Al Jazeera, Al Rayyan, Amiri Diwan, Doha Film Institute, Hamad Hospital, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Qatar 2022, Qatar Airways, Qatar Foundation, Qatar Media Corporation, Ras Gas and Total Energy and Petroleum.