Board congregates launch new college [Archives:2008/1118/Local News]

January 7 2008

Philipp Schweers
For the Yemen Times

Last weekend, the Board of Advisors of the newly-organized Yemen College of Middle Eastern Studies – consisting of some of the most highly-esteemed specialists in Middle Eastern Studies and Yemeni officials- met in Sana'a to advance the ambitious project of a unique college of Middle Eastern Studies, the first of its kind in the Middle East.

SANA'A, Jan 6 ) After two days of constant discussions, elections and proceedings, it seems that Sana'a is on its way to be the first host of an independent and local-based academy on Middle Eastern Studies in the Arab world.

The board meetings brought together some of the most distinguished Yemeni and foreign individuals working on Middle Eastern issues and education. This was with the intention of creating a decisive impulse for the foundation of the institution and its contemporary Middle Eastern studies program, due to start in the fall. Under the supervision of Harazi Sabri Saleem, founder and president of the Yemen College of Middle Eastern Studies (YCMES), well-known experts from institutions and Universities like Harvard, Oxford and Amsterdam, Yemeni officials and representatives from business and society conferred the whole weekend at Taj Sheba Hotel on YCMES issues.

“After these fruitful meetings