The Finnish Institute in the Middle East is one of the four Finnish academic institutes located outside of Finland. The Institute’s activities are funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, private foundations supporting letters and arts as well as various NGOs and private philantrophists. The activities of the Institute include academic research, supporting and facilitating Middle East studies in the Finnish universities, organising education in co-operation with universities, advancing academic and cultural co-operation between Finland and the countries of the Middle East as well as to promoting Finland in the Middle East. The Institute is located in Beirut, Lebanon and it has a senior representative in Cairo (FIME Cairo).