About UME

Our Mission

The University of the Middle East Project (UME) builds bridges through education among societies and cultures in the Middle East, North Africa, North America and Europe: Inspiring people to engage collaboratively using critical and creative thinking. UME seeks to empower the most motivated and progressive secondary school teachers of the Middle East, North Africa (MENA), the US and Europe through teacher training, leadership and organizational skills.

In building the foundation to achieve this mission, UME offers institutes, programs and workshops in vital areas, including teacher education, civic engagement, the role of identity in education, 21st century workforce development, negotiations/conflict resolution, teacher training and collaborative art.

Academic Excellence

Academic excellence is the basis of all UME activities with the pursuit of knowledge as an instrument to build a better world community. UME emphasizes critical thinking, open inquiry, and creative approaches to learning. UME is interdisciplinary in structure, promoting the vanguard of research in a particular field, while simultaneously developing cross-disciplinary exchanges with other fields. Curiosity is encouraged and intellectual freedom is assured.

Diversity and Equal Access

UME actively seeks broad representation of students and faculty from all communities of the Middle East and North Africa. Drawing from a diverse pool of applicants, admission to UME is based solely on merit – not religion, race, nor socio-economic background. Students and faculty have the unique opportunity to exchange ideas in an academic setting where interaction is a daily occurrence. UME is committed to promoting mutual respect and appreciation of equal human dignity on the individual level.

Regional Cooperation

UME promotes the essential principles of regional interdependence among the communities of the Middle East and North Africa. Students are required to fulfill a core curriculum that conveys a collective sense of identity and creates a common link among the campuses of the University, each of which offering concentrations that address the most pressing educational needs for that particular community.

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