Middle East and North Africa/MIT

The CIS is home to several innovative MENA-focused programs including the MENA/MIT, which includes MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) student programs throughout the region; seed funds to MIT faculty for research collaborations with partnering organizations; and events and webinars that address a range of regional issues are offered throughout the academic year. Our faculty provide analysis and scholarship in their respective areas of expertise.

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    MISTI Programs in MENA

    Students at MIT can experience the diversity and ingenuity of the region by taking part in our fully funded internships, research, and teaching opportunities with leading companies, universities, and other organizations. MISTI (MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives) is a global extension of the Institute’s on-campus learning and cutting-edge research.


    Global Seed Funds

    The Global Seed Funds in the MENA region support faculty-led innovative projects that help lay the foundations for new research and education initiatives between MIT and countries in the MENA region.Specific Funds in: Israel, Jordan, Africa and one regional fund.

  • Bustani Seminar

    Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar

    The Emile Bustani Seminar brings distinguished speakers to discuss history, political science, economics, anthropology, architecture, and urban studies in the Middle East and North Africa. It is open to the MIT community and to the general public.