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 promoting Finland in the Middle East. The Institute has also a senior representative in Cairo (FIME Cairo), and it has activities in Jordan (FIME Amman) and Lebanon.
The Finnish Institute in the Middle East, Damascus, 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 Institute has its premises in an old and beautifully restored Damascene house in the old city of Damascus, a UNESCO world heritage site. The Institute’s premises can be used for various activities from workshops and public lectures to art exhibitions and concerts.
Levant Letters – column by Finnish Middle East scholars is published in Finnish and English every second month and can be accessed from the website’s main page.
Newsletter - published six times a year, for the time being only in Finnish. Some news items and announcements are posted on our website also in English under the latest news on the first page.
- FIME Amman
Activities of the Finnish Institute in the Middle East take mainly place in Amman, Jordan in 2012.
Office’s contact information:
Rami Maddah str 12
P.O.Box 3059, Amman 11821, Jordan
Telephone: +962 655 24188
Fax: +962 655 25609
- FIME Cairo
FIME’s Cairo office provides academic contacts, links and advice for Finnish scholars interested in researching Egypt and the Middle East. In addition, it links Finnish universities, institutes and researchers with Egyptian research centers and organizes joint Egyptian-Finnish exhibitions and academic seminars. It also provides publicity for FIME’s activities in Egypt and the Middle East at large in Arab media.
FIME Cairo contact information:
Dr Said Sadek