Middle East and North Africa/MIT

MENA/MIT houses and connects activities and initiatives across MIT related to the Middle East and North Africa through the Center for International Studies. Richard Nielsen and David Dolev are the lead coordinators of MENA/MIT. For general inquiries, email us at mena_mit@mit.edu. The most recent MENA/MIT newsletters are available here and here.

MENA/MIT aims to:
(1) connect MENA-related research, teaching, and initiatives across MIT.
(2) connect thinkers and doers
(3) connect scholarship about the MENA region across the world
(4) promote academic research, economic opportunity, stability, mutual understanding, and peace.

Learn more about:
Student programs in the region
Seed funds for faculty collaboration
Seminars, lectures, and workshops
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Programs & Activities


    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.

  • M3 Middle East & North Africa

    M3 is an effort to strengthen ties with colleagues across the Institute who share research interests in a particular region or discipline. We invite you to join our mailing list here, if you'd like receive news and updates on research across the Middle East and North Africa in all disciplines and research topics, but especially around global challenges such as climate and sustainability, health, AI and computing, democratic stability, inequality, and human development.