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About 60 alumni, students, faculty, and staff gathered in Dubai in November for the inaugural Northwestern Alumni Gulf Summit, a two-day event that helped unite the Northwestern community in the Middle East.

The Summit included networking sessions, presentations about Northwestern University in Qatar's (NU-Q) academic programs, and meetings for regional alumni volunteers.

Northwestern’s alumni community in the Middle East has grown steadily since the first students graduated from NU-Q in 2012. NU-Q graduates and alumni from the Evanston and Chicago campuses who live in the Middle East are now working together to strengthen their collective alumni network and promote NU-Q to prospective students throughout the region.


Sarah Wagoner, senior associate director for NAA Global Programs, says the event was a great opportunity to explore the breadth of the Northwestern brand in the Gulf region.


“With attendee representation from not only Dubai and Doha but also outside of the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, it was evident that the alumni community in the region has the desire to do more,” Sarah says. “We hope the event created meaningful connections that will lead to future opportunities for regional alumni engagement.”

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