Middle East Studies at Portland State engages a wide array of academic disciplines, departments and colleges within the larger university framework. Multidisciplinary expertise in politics, sustainable development, language, culture, sociology, business, religion, geopolitics, and engineering provides for comprehensive study of the Middle East.
Getting involved at the Middle East Studies Center has been one of the best decisions I’ve made this year.
- Sofia Ellis-Curry, Portland State University sophomore majoring in International Studies
Access to education and scholarship support both local and international needs. In the 2011-2012 academic year, more than 1,800 of currently enrolled Portland State students came from countries other than the United States. Every dollar contributed to support scholarship at Portland State University carries the potential for worldwide impact. In addition to programmatic support, scholarships and student aid remain a priority for the university.
What I enjoyed most at PSU is that joy of discovery extends to further serve the city, the state, the country.
- Ahmed Bohliqa, 2011 Commencement Speaker; a citizen of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bohliqa was the first international student to deliver the commencement address at Portland State
Our students cannot travel the world; it is our responsibility to bring the world to them.
- Jahed Suhkun, Portland State Office of Information Technologies; donor to International Student Scholarships
Middle East Studies at Portland State is not contained in one building; rather, it represents Portland State's interdisciplinary approach to education, research and knowledge-building within the community, academia, and the next generation of students – our future leaders. Truly at a turning point as a University-wide internationalization initiative, the Middle East Studies Center is a hub of scholarship, community outreach, and research.
The community already exists; we want to align current collective efforts to establish connectivity and enhance interactions.
- Massoud Jourabchi, member of the Iranian Studies Advisory Board
The Middle East Studies Center invites anyone with an interest in Middle East Studies to support our program. Contributions will allow the Middle East Studies Center to develop new courses, provide scholarships for students, increase research opportunities, strengthen library holdings, sponsor university and public programs, expand publication and outreach programs, and more.