From creative filmmakers and news anchors to novelists and digital content creators, the Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) Class of 2026 joins the school with dynamic experiences and several unique talents and interests.

“The Class of 2026 was selected from an impressive pool that was the largest in school history,” said NU-Q Dean and Chief Executive Marwan M Kraidy. “They achieved the highest academic achievement among their high school peers and exhibit an array of extracurricular achievements and interests that will help enliven and enrich our community of evidence-based storytellers.”
Entrepreneur Aisha al-Remithi is one of the students from Qatar, which is represented by nearly 40% of the new promotion.
She co-founded the first private business incubator in Qatar.
As a NU-Q student, al-Remithi plans to learn about emerging opportunities in the media industry.
“I’ve always been interested in how the media industry evolves,” she said. “I came here to learn not only about emerging media industries, but also how to contribute to my country’s creative economy.”
Isra Fejzullaj, an international student from Albania who grew up in Turkey, is also among the school’s 15th class.
“It’s only been a few weeks since I arrived in Qatar, and I’m already helping in a student film shoot, applying to be part of *The Daily Q team and meeting many people from different nationalities and cultures. different,” Fejzullaj said, emphasizing how the opportunities at NU-Q will help her grow as an aspiring media professional.
“As someone with a passion for media and politics, I am excited about the opportunities here to grow academically and professionally,” she added.
Mubashir Hanif is an aspiring filmmaker who was part of the production team for the first Pakistani film to win the Cannes International Film Festival.
Over the next four years as an undergrad, he says mentoring and other opportunities at school will help him grow as a filmmaker.
“As a film buff,” said the international student, “studying in Northwest Qatar gives me access to resources that no other place offers and allows me to benefit from Qatar’s location in as a regional film center that will help me expand my network in the industry.”
Hiba Sobaii, a women’s empowerment advocate, joins NU-Q from Morocco, where she was co-founder and president of her high school’s women’s empowerment association.
She plans to use the media skills she will learn in undergrad to empower marginalized women in the Middle East.
“I have always been interested in the media and committed to advocating for women’s empowerment,” Sobaii said. “Studying here in the northwest of Qatar allows me to combine both interests and focus on giving voice to women in our region.”
Along with their 2026 classmates, al-Remithi, Fejzullaj, Hanif and Sobaii make up one of the most diverse, competitive and dynamic cohorts in school history.
They come from all over the world, including Qatar, United States, Albania, Austria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Jordan, from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Morocco, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Rwanda, South Korea, Sudan, Taiwan, Tajikistan and Zimbabwe. – AQN