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GW Recognized as a National Resource Center on the Middle East

GW Institute for Middle East Studies Receives $1 Million to Increase Research and Teaching
September 07, 2010


WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Education has designated The George Washington University’s Institute for Middle East Studies (IMES) a National Resource Center, awarding the institute nearly $1 million over four years to enrich its programs in research and teaching on the Middle East. This is the first time that GW has won this highly competitive award for Middle East Studies.

"This grant is a testament to the strength of the GW Institute for Middle East Studies," said GW President Steven Knapp. "The funding will expand the Institute's impact by extending its outreach to include teachers, journalists and veterans."

The grant will enable IMES to build its Persian, Arabic and Turkish language programs, support faculty and student research and offer a wider variety of events. It will provide funds to significantly expand the University’s Middle East and North Africa Resource Center within Gelman Library. The grant also will help support the Project on Middle East Political Science, a major national network successfully launched last year to strengthen the impact of Middle East specialists on public discourse and the academic field. It also will allow GW to launch three innovative outreach initiatives, including an Iraq War veteran’s outreach initiative, a journalist training initiative and a K-12 teacher training initiative.

“In the three years since its launch in 2007, the Elliott School’s Institute for Middle East Studies has already become one of the premier research centers in the world focused on the modern Middle East,” said Michael E. Brown, dean of GW Elliott School of International Affairs. “The NRC grant will enable the institute to expand and enhance its superb programs. The Institute for Middle East Studies is a powerful example of a GW program that takes full advantage of our unique advantages to advance our important teaching, research and policy engagement mission.”

Institute Director and Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Marc Lynch said,” The Title VI NRC award validates the tremendous growth of the program since it was established three years ago, and will help the program continue to grow and expand.”

The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs is one of the world’s leading schools of international affairs. Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., its mission is to educate the next generation of international leaders, conduct research that advances understanding of important global issues, and engage the policy community in the United States and around the world.

The U.S. Department of Education’s National Resource Centers program provides grants to establish, strengthen and operate language and area or international studies centers that will be national resources for teaching any modern foreign language. Grants support: instruction in fields needed to provide full understanding of areas, regions or countries; research and training in international studies; work in the language aspects of professional and other fields of study; and instruction and research on issues in world affairs.


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