2007
Community invited to learn more about Middle East from visiting students

Community invited to learn more about Middle East from visiting students
July 12, 2007

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

The community is invited to attend two forums featuring 22 student-leaders from the Middle East and North Africa who are visiting the United States through a special State Department program. The first forum, “The Role of University Students on the Middle Eastern Campus and in Society,” which will contrast Middle Eastern students with their American counterparts, will be held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Monday, July 30 in the Krasa Presentation Room on the campus of Benedictine University. A reception with coffee and dessert will follow. The second forum, “Images of the United States in the Middle East,” which will explore how the United States is perceived in the home countries of the Middle East students, will be held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 9 in the Krasa Presentation Room. A reception with coffee and dessert will follow. Benedictine University is hosting the students as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Study of the United States Institutes for Student Leaders program. Benedictine is one of only five U.S. universities hosting students from this program. The students come from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Tunisia and Palestine. They live on Benedictine’s campus through mid-August and participate in academic seminars, community service projects and cultural tours.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.