Between 2014 and 2019, MEIA Research had organized, in cooperation with the Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP), the Institute for Near and Middle East Studies at LMU Munich, and the International University Club Munich, an annual three and a half-week Middle East Summer School.
During the Middle East Summer School, students were provided with a broad understanding of the key political, economic, and societal developments in the contemporary Middle East. In the seminars, students were taught by academics and practitioners with long-standing experience in the Middle East and given the opportunity to engage in a dialogue with students from the region in focus.
In addition to the academic part, the Summer School also included visits to other metropoles, such as Vienna or Berlin, where institutions such as the United Nations Organization (UN) and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna, or the German Foreign Office and the German Federal Ministry for Development and International Cooperation in Berlin were visited. The Summer School also offered a rich cultural program with sightseeing, visits to museums, traditional Munich beer gardens, a trip to famous Neuschwanstein Castle or Salzburg, and much more.
The program targeted both advanced students and young professionals from various backgrounds. Applicants were asked to have a general interest in foreign policy, economics, and societal developments and willing to participate in an interdisciplinary and intercultural learning process. In-depth knowledge of Middle Eastern affairs was not required. Lectures, presentations and examinations were held in English. Knowledge of German was not required.
The Middle East Summer School of MEIA Research and LMU was listed as one of the “Top Summer Schools 2017: Political Science & International Relations”.
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