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As the Middle East continues to establish itself as a key region in the global political economy, York University works to further develop and maintain ties with the many excelling nations in the region — through environmental initiatives, research projects and academic exchange programs. York welcomes Middle Eastern students to its diverse, multicultural community.

Students from Jordan, Kuwait, Egypt, Iran and the United Arab Emirates find themselves right at home in Canada — in fact, the number of Canadians with Middle Eastern origins is growing considerably faster than the country’s overall population.

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  • York undergraduate and graduate students from the Middle East in 2015-2016: 1,500
  • York alumni worldwide from the Middle East: 492
  • York has 440+ student clubs and organizations; The Middle Eastern Students Association provides an atmosphere for students of Middle Eastern origin to meet, relate, be social, network, and learn about their own and other members of their wide and diverse cultural community
  • Equity studies professor Haiddeh Moghissi was a founder of the Iranian National Union of Women and has shared her expertise about women in the Middle East on BBC World Service, CBC, Radio France and Voice of America.
  • Languages, literatures & linguistics professor Walid El Khachab was born in Cairo, Egypt, where he completed his MA and PhD at the University of Cairo. He researches Arabic mysticism and cinema; Middle Eastern cinemas; and modern subjectivity in Arabic literature and national identity.
  • Sociology professor Stuart Schoenfeld researches the politics of the environment in the Middle East and the relationship of Middle East environmental issues to the global ecological crisis. He is a member of the Palestinian–Israeli–American–Canadian network on Middle East environmental issues.
  • Theatre professor Don Rubin and English/Creative Writing professor Patricial Keeney had a joint teaching engagement at Ain Shams, Egypt, in 2013, which constituted the prelude to a hoped-for long-term exchange between York and Ain Shams.
  • Economics professor Muhammad Marzouk served as the senior research scientist and director of techno-economics at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research and as a Kuwaiti government consultant.
  • Health policy & management professor Christo El Morr has collaborated with Jalal Kawash of the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, to research collaborative, virtual and mobile communities.
  • Political science professor Saeed Rahnema, former director of the Middle East Economic Association, was co-investigator on the Ford Foundation study, “Displaced Communities of Islamic Cultures”.