11 February 2017

Connecting Refugees to volunteer translators! 

Tarjimly was founded by a group of MIT Alumni from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and the USA, including MIT AAA board member, Yamen Al Hajjar, in addition to Abdulla Al-Mentheri, AbdulAziz Al-Ghunaim, Abubakar Abid, and Atif Javed.

The idea for the application was inspired by a trip one of the Tarjimly founders took to a refugee camp in Northern Greece, where the need to interpret and translate between the refugees and the different parties at the camp became paramount.

The team came together to address this problem, leveraging Facebook Messenger as a platform and developing a bot that connects refugees to translators around the world.


4 February 2017

Dr Fadel Adib Joins The MIT Medial Lab faculty

Congratulations to Dr. Fadel Adib on joining the Media Lab faculty!


Adib is directing a new research group at the Media Lab, aiming to uncover, analyze, and engineer natural and human-made networks.


29 January 2017

Meet Hamed Mounla, this year’s MIT Arab Alumni Association Scholar!

In Hamed’s words: “The world I come from is a world of conflict and corruption injected in many aspects of society. It is a hub of social injustice and missed opportunities. It is a place where potential is lost and productivity is inefficient. Lebanon is a brain drain.

At the same time, my 60-year-old Sudanese student at the Migrant Community Center still shows up to class every Sunday hoping to improve his language abilities. He proves to me that there still is opportunity in this world, which we must capitalize on. I thus dream of a world of high productive efficiency, a world where globally accessible technologies meet people's 21st century needs. I aspire to become a leader in creating these technologies. I care about maximizing human potential and human capital in a sustainable manner.”

Meet Hamed 

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21 January 2017

Dr Omar Razzaz appointed as Jordan's Minister of Education

Congratulations to Dr. Omar Razzaz on his new appointment as Jordan’s Minister of Education! We wish him every success in his new role. Dr. Razzaz graduated from MIT in 1987 with a Masters Degree in International Development and Regional Planning and was the Ford International Assistant Professor at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning from 1991-93 and 1995-97.


14 January 2017

The Social Dilemma of Driverless Cars

Cars have to make trade-offs on the road. Trade-offs often require ethics. So how then do we think about those trade-offs for driverless cars? To find out, watch Dr. Iyad Rahwan’s TEDx Cambridge talk.

Iyad Rahwan, associate professor at the MIT Media Lab, explores how Artificial Intelligence challenges our morality. If a driverless car must choose between killing ...





6 January 2017

From refugee to Benefactor

Last year MIT Arab Alumni Association (MIT AAA) Board Member, Rudayna Abdo, took a side step from her career in urban planning to found Thaki, a non-profit that distributes donated computers, loaded with educational content, to organizations and education centers working directly with refugee and disadvantaged children.

In just the proof of concept roll out, Thaki has distributed 265 computers and electronic devices to 11 organizations that are now helping serve over 3,500 children.

There are over 25 organizations in Lebanon that are awaiting to receive devices from Thaki – with a reach of thousands more children.

Read more about Rudayna’s exciting work here!


27 December 2016

Professor Ghoneim honored as Commited to Caring!


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21 December 2016

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17 December 2016

Technology arranges lunch with someone new

What if people spent their lunchtime connecting in person, rather than just virtually? Introducing Connect, co-founded by UAE National and MIT PhD Candidate, Tuka Al Hanai


12 December 2016

Device can read emotions by bouncing wireless signals off your body

"Excited, happy, angry, or sad? 

Check out the fascinating work on predicting people’s feelings by Dr. Dina Katabi, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and Fadil Adib, a doctoral student at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab!"

4 December 2016

Syria: A Living History

Listen to MIT Nasser Rabbat's inaugural speech at the opening of his new exhibition, "Syria: A Living History"?

The exhibition brings together artifacts and artworks to inspire a new understanding of Syria’s past and present, inviting new ways of thinking about its future:http://mitsha.re/mdR2304VzWd


Few countries have captured the world’s
attention like Syria has today. Stories of conflict and displacement
the media and define people’s awareness of the place.
Syria: A Living History
brings together artifacts and artworks that tell a different story
one of 
cultural diversity, historical continuity, resourcefulness, and
For over five millennia, this region perched on the eastern
Mediterranean has witnessed great world civilizations comingling
on its soil and producing art, literature, and culture that constitute
the country’s rich legacy.
On view at the Aga Khan Museum through February 26, 2017.

Akpia Mit Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT MIT Department of Architecture MIT School of Architecture + Planning



9 November 2016

The Harvard Arab Alumni Association invites you to participate in


To know more click here and to participate 

30 October 2016 - Arab Cinema Week

An MIT Arab alumna helped create the engine behind this!


Enjoy your trip into Arab movieland! 


Arab Cinema Week is New York's first film festival dedicated to Arab cinema this November (18-24) at Cinema Village. With screenings of 14 films from 9 countries, and a fireside chat with Bassem Youssef, Arab Cinema Week aims to promote the Arab culture through film to the community of the tri-state area. Program includes The Idol3000 Nights and Very Big Shot, which are the official selections for the 89th Academy Awards of their countries, Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon. Other screenings are for award-winning movies like As I Open My Eyes (Tunisia), Nawara (Egypt), Let Them Come (Algeria) and Yalla, Underground! (Germany). And don't miss Tickling Giants (US), Hepta (Egypt), Like A Matchstick (Egypt), and Whose Country? (Egypt/US/France). 

Get your special MIT discounted tickets HERE!


29 October 2016 - Al Ghurair


Al Ghurair Foundation offers Financial Support

Al Ghurair Foundation is offering financial support in the form of full reimbursement of the total cost of the MicroMasters following successful completion of the program (consisting of five courses & capstone exam).The Foundation will also offer a full scholarship for those scholars who are passionate about Supply Chain Management and not only successfully complete the MicroMasters program, but who receive an acceptance from MIT to complete the MIT Blended Supply Chain Management Masters Degree on campus (for one semester). Deadline for scholarship application and start of the MicroMasters program - November 2, 2016.





Vote for Diana!

The MIT Arab Alumni Association endorses Diana Zreik SM '91, PhD '95 who is running in the election of new representatives for the Alumni Association Selection Committee (AASC), Read all about it and cast your vote by clicking on "Vote for Diana"!

Democracy and Design


Good design builds a better society! Wise words from Hashim Sarkis, Dean of  SA+P at MIT




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Computer science and engineering major helps people while having fun

Senior Sami Alsheikh helps others, solves problems, and has fun doing both.


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8th MIT Pan-Arab Conference





The conference focused on the role of innovation in fostering growth and enhancing economic diversification and job creation in the region.

Not too long before the proceedings for the 8th MIT Pan-Arab conference would be published. 

So in the mean time, take a look at the Proceedings from the 7th MIT Pan-Arab Conference to find out why you cannot miss the next conference.

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