The primary method of achieving the Center's mission is through establishing strategic partnerships, both within Northeastern as well as between Northeastern University and key universities and institutions in the Middle East and North Africa. These partnerships are intended to advance knowledge and understanding of critical issues important to peoples, cultures, and nation-states of the Middle East and how these interact with the United States and the American people in particular.
These partnerships augment the mission of Northeastern University and its Partner institutions through coordinated programs of research, seminars, curricular enhancements (e.g., global experiences, education abroad, Cooperative Education placements), conferences, publications, and study tours to the region and reciprocal visits to Boston.
The Middle East Center for Peace, Culture and Development assumes a leading role in cultivating opportunities for Northeastern University to interact with leading academic and research institutions in the Middle East.
Northeastern University and Lebanon
American University of Beirut (AUB)
Northeastern's Middle East Center works with the International Affairs Program as the primary foci of Northeastern-Lebanon partnership. A formal NU-AUB Partnership builds on a faculty exchange program between NU and AUB, especially Rami Khouri's long-standing teaching in Northeastern's School of Journalism, Middle East Studies program, International Affairs program. Mr. Khouri also helped in the development (with Prof. Denis Sullivan) of a new "Dialogue of Civilizations" program, in Syria and Jordan.
Northeastern University and Egypt
Cairo University, American University in Cairo (AUC), & Binational Fulbright Commission, Cairo
Northeastern's Middle East Center works with the International Affairs Program as the primary foci of Northeastern-Cairo partnership. A formal NU-Cairo University Partnership builds on Prof. Denis Sullivan's 20+ years of research and collaborations at Cairo University and AUC, as well as the 15 years of Northeastern University student participation in the "Dialogue of Civilizations" program, sponsored in part by the Binational Fulbright Commission in Cairo.
Northeastern University and Israel
Ben Gurion University
Northeastern's Middle East Center and Ben Gurion University have a long-standing "strategic" partnership that involves faculty from a number of disciplines. Arts & Sciences (International Affairs, Jewish Studies, Middle East Studies, Political Science, Women's Studies, Chemistry, History, and others) and the Bouve College of Health Sciences are the primary NU units in these collaborations. Faculty from other disciplines are invited to help shape the future of this partnership.
In Summer 2007, a Jewish Studies/Middle East Studies "Dialogue of Civilizations" program is planned for 10-12 undergraduate NU students, who will study at Ben Gurion University of the Negev.
Northeastern University and Palestine
al-Quds (Jerusalem) UniversityAreas of cooperation include:
- Conflict & Negotiations programs (summer institutes, joint degrees)
- Graduate studies in International Affairs & Global Studies
- M.A. in Law & Society (or, Law, Policy, and Society)
- Faculty exchanges, e.g., in Environmental Studies, Nanotechnology, Public Health, Creative Industries, Music, Art, Political Science, etc.
- Student exchanges, including through our own "Dialogue of Civilizations" program
Future Partnerships (short- to medium-term):
- Jordan: University of Jordan, Amman
- Arab Gulf: Kuwait University or American University of Sharjah (UAE)
- Tunisia: University of Tunis
- Turkey: Koc University, Istanbul
Potential Future Partnerships (long-term):
- Iran: Tehran University
- Yemen: Sanaa' University