Community invited to learn more about Middle East from visiting students

Community invited to learn more about Middle East from visiting students
July 11, 2008

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094

The community is invited to attend a forum featuring 18 student-leaders from the Middle East and North Africa who are visiting the United States through a special State Department program. The forum will be held beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 28 in the Krasa Presentation Room on the campus of Benedictine University. 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 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders seeks to promote a better understanding of the U.S. abroad and help to develop future world leaders. Through the program, students explore the principles of democracy and fundamental American values such as individual rights, freedom of expression, tolerance and volunteerism. The students come from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. They live on Benedictine’s campus through early August and participate in academic seminars, community service projects and cultural tours.


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.