The Finnish Institute in the Middle East (FIME) is an academic institute located in Badaro, Beirut. As well as conducting academic research, FIME’s activities include supporting and facilitating Middle East studies in Finnish universities, organising education in co-operation with universities in Finland and the Middle East, and advancing academic and cultural co-operation between Finland and the countries of the Middle East.
For us, Middle East studies cover a wide range of topics from archeology to contemporary politics in a geographic region which includes the Arabic-speaking countries of the North Africa as well as Turkey and the Persian Gulf.
The Institute’s activities are funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, private foundations, NGOs, and private donations. It is registered in Lebanon and Syria and has a representative in Cairo, Egypt. The foundation that maintains the Institute has its office in Helsinki.
FIME is a member of the Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes network representing a total of 17 Finnish institutes around the world. It is one of the four academic institutes located outside of Finland.