Middle East and North Africa

Middle East and North Africa Club

The mission of the Middle East North Africa Club (MENA) is to provide the HBS community with opportunities to experience the Middle East and North Africa Region and the Arab World in illuminating and enriching ways. We also aim to bring together the MENA community and enrich their HBS experience, as well as create and maintain a strong link among current students, MENA alumni, and the MENA business community.

Harvard GSAS Near East Society

Is dedicated to the study and promotion of the ancient and modern Near East in the Harvard community and especially among graduate students. The group seeks to create a university-wide intellectual environment that will facilitate interdisciplinary dialogue and foster a sense of community among the disparate but related fields whose purview is the Near East. The Harvard Near East Society is geographically oriented, spanning the region from Egypt to Iran and related areas, and encompasses, but is not limited to, the study of religion, literature, philology, history, and archaeology.

Middle Eastern Law Students Association

The Middle Eastern Law Students Association (MELSA) was created twelve years ago to promote a better understanding of the cultures, politics, and legal institutions of the Middle East, and to encourage students connected with the region to meet and exchange views. Our membership roster has included students who are American, Armenian, Egyptian, Indian, Iranian, Iraqi, Israeli, Jordanian, Lebanese, Libyan, Pakistani, Saudi, Syrian, and Turkish. Students from all countries are warmly welcomed.

Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical Research

The Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical Research (DHFMR) supports cutting-edge collaborative research, and seeks to establish sustainable research and education programs focused on diseases relevant to the population in the broader Middle East region.

Harvard Arab Alumni Association

The Harvard Arab Alumni Association provides a network to connect Harvard alumni with an interest in the Arab world and a platform for Harvard alumni to work together in pursuing their interest in the Arab world. The HAAA provides a forum for dialogue of all issues related to the Arab world, both through our quarterly newsletter in which members share opinion pieces, and through our annual conferences in which we bring together members of the global community to discuss important issues facing the Arab world.

Middle East Initiative Research Grants

The Middle East Initiative awards research grants to Harvard faculty to do research on issues of critical importance to Kuwait and the Gulf. The awards are granted twice a year and cover a range of research topics such as water security, climate change, technology transfer and education reform.

Middle East Initiative Executive Education Fellowships

The Middle East Initiative financially sponsors fellows through three programs to attend Executive Education programs at Harvard.

Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard & MIT

Established in 2003, the main aim of the Aga Khan Program at the GSD is to study the impact of development on the shaping of landscapes, cities, and regional territories in the Muslim world and to generate the means by which design at this scale could be improved. The program focuses on the emerging phenomena that characterize these settings and on issues related to the design of public spaces and landscapes, environmental concerns, and land use and territorial settlement patterns.

A.M. (Master's degree) in Regional Studies - Middle East

The A.M. in Regional Studies - Middle East program provides rigorous training in foreign language study as well as intensive emphasis on academic research and writing. A master's thesis based on original research is required to complete the degree.

Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East (HMANE)

Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East (HMANE) explores the rich history of cultures connected by the family of Semitic languages. Exhibitions include a full-scale replica of an ancient Israelite home, life sized casts of famous Mesopotamian monuments, authentic mummy coffins, and tablets containing the earliest forms of writing. Like the artifacts it displays, the museum itself has a rich and nuanced history.



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