Qatar's Northwestern University building complete

After a five year wait, Qatar's Northwestern University will finally be moving to its own building in January

New Northwestern University in Qatar building.
New Northwestern University in Qatar building.

Qatar's Northwestern University will be moving to its own building in January.

After sharing premises with the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) is finally preparing to move into its own space, Doha News reported.

Presently located on the top floor of CMU and with students and faculty working out of a temporary structure, NU-Q’s journalism and communications school will formally move to its own four-storey building in January 2017.

Originally due to open in 2013, the new building is 47,845m² and broke ground in 2011.

NU-Q’s dean and CEO Everette Dennis said in a statement yesterday that five years after breaking ground for the new building, it has taken significant team work to get the new building completed.

He added: “When finished, it will be the premier journalism and communication school in the region.”


NU-Q is one of six American universities operating in Education City and it renewed its lease with Qatar Foundation for another 10 years in February.

Designed by acclaimed American architect Antoine Predock, the environmentally-friendly building is inspired by the regional desert landscape.

Included in its facilities are three video production studios, two lecture halls able to hold 150 people apiece, a multimedia newsroom, a two-storey research library and an in-house museum called The Media Majlis.

Film screening rooms and a sound effects studio will allow students to produce their own videos along with access to high-tech videoing equipment and editing programs.

Once settled in, NU-Q should be ready to operate out of the new building before the next semester begins on 8 January.

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