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February 29, 2008

Yemen College of Middle Easter Studies

The Yemen College of Middle Easter Studies is happy to announce the following developments and information on the College in Sana'a. For current news anytime, please visit the YCMES homepage at www.ycmes.org and click on "News."

Important Note: The deadline for the YCMES Study Abroad Program, 2008-2009, is quickly approaching. March 1st is the preferred application deadline.

Safety & Security in Yemen
The YCMES understands that international students, parents, professors, and administrators are concerned with safety and security when deciding to choose a study abroad program. For this reason and to maintain the well-being of all its students, the college takes great strides to assure the safety and security of students and guests. Please visit the YCMES webpage for Safety & Security at http://www.ycmes.org/safety&security.htm, for up-to-date information, statements, and documents compiled by the College on the situation in Yemen.

YCMES Research Center
With accreditation from the Yemeni Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the College is now capable of hosting international scholars for academic research in Yemen. The YCMES can facilitate research sponsorship and other logistical support of incoming researchers. For more information, please email research@ycmes.org or visit http://www.ycmes.org/research.htm.

Service Learning & Internships
The YCMES has started service learning and internship programs, and our administration is ready to supervise students interning in local organizations. Service learning in Yemen remains a novel experience, with very few organizations utilizing international staff members. Students apply their academic studies with hands-on practice in the fields of human rights, democracy building, journalism, health, women's rights, and many more. These programs are designed to integrate the student farther into Yemeni society, affording them the opportunity to use their Arabic language in a work environment few foreigners see. For more information, please email internships@ycmes.org or visit http://www.ycmes.org/internships.htm.

Partnership with the Yemen-America Language Institute (YALI)
The YCMES and YALI are pleased to announce their plans to develop an institutional partnership. Co-operational programs strive to form friendships among international students of the YCMES and Yemeni students of YALI. Projects include language buddies, conversational hours, shared cultural activities and trips, Arabic students teaching English, and other programs to foster cross-cultural understandings. This new partnership will connect the two oldest, largest, and most respected language institutes of Yemen in the Arabic and English languages.

YALI was founded 1975 by the United States Embassy in Sana’a and backed by the international non-profit organization, AMIDEAST. YALI is part of the mission to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between Americans and the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa. Some 2,000 - 3,000 students study English at YALI each term. YALI's web site is www.yali.org.ye.

For a list of all YCMES Partnerships, please visit http://www.ycmes.org/affiliations.htm.

Posted by mayyash at February 29, 2008 12:38 PM

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