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The Qatar Foundation will provide funding support for three endowed professorships at Northwestern University named after the leader of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani.  

Northwestern and the Qatar Foundation have been partners since 2008, when Northwestern joined five other leading American universities that had established branch campuses at Education City, a rapidly developing community of educational and research institutions on the outskirts of Doha, Qatar.
The three professorships in the areas of journalism, communication and Middle East studies reflect the vision of the Qatar Foundation to partner with institutions of academic excellence such as Northwestern to build a knowledge-based society in Qatar.  

Northwestern University in Qatar offers undergraduate degrees in communication and journalism. The Medill School’s Journalism program prepares students for careers in print, broadcast and online news media, while the School of Communication offers a major in Media Industries and Technologies, preparing students for management and creative roles in the communication and media industries and for responsible civic participation in the proliferating world of global media. With liberal arts courses provided by Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, both of these programs replicate the quality of the curricula offered in Evanston, and graduates in Qatar will be awarded the same degree as their counterparts at the U.S. campus. 

“For many centuries, and throughout the world, endowed professorships have provided important support for colleges and universities. We very much appreciate the funding of these chairs by the Qatar Foundation, which will enable Northwestern to enhance its programs in areas we have identified as high priorities for the University,” said Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro.  

The appointments are:  

Frank Mulhern, professor and associate dean of research at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern, has been named the Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor in the Medill School of Journalism.  

 Hamid Naficy, professor of radio-television-film and a John Evans Professor of Communication in the School of Communication at Northwestern, has been named the Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor in Communication.   

Carl Petry, professor of history in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern, has been named the Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor in Middle East Studies.