vision & mission

Our mission is to educate and empower tomorrow’s most promising Palestinian and Israeli leaders to take action towards creating positive social and political impact in the Middle East.

For more than 17 years, MEET students have been at the forefront of positive socio-economic and political change for Israelis and Palestinians. Their success is a reflection of our principal goals:

1. To create a generation of leaders who know how to work across political divides from a young age.

2. To extend MIT’s cutting-edge technological education to communities who could not previously access it.

3. To promote STEM education and tech-sector leadership among women and minority groups in Palestine and Israel.

4. To inspire our alumni to create and shape a more just society.

what makes meet unique?

A three-year program (500+ academic hours), and a vibrant alumni community for a lifelong relationship.
MIT instructors and local professionals cover computer science, entrepreneurship, leadership, and teamwork.
Each MEET cohort consists of equal numbers of Israeli and Palestinians, young men and women. And we ensure that participants from underrepresented and marginalized communities can access the resources they need
An acceptance rate of under 10% and a demanding, MIT-developed curriculum ensure the most promising leaders access the best resources.

meet the people

Yohanan Hruschev
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Yohanan is a co-founder of Simpo
(previously ActionBar), a start-up that allows product managers quickly integrate different tools and non-core features into their apps without using development resources. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration and Network Science from IDC Herzliya. After graduating from MEET in 2006, he came back as a coordinator and business instructor.

Anat Binur
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Anat is the co-founder and CEO of Ukko Inc., a biotech startup backed by top-tier Silicon Valley VCs which is solving food allergies and sensitivities. Previously, Anat was an Investment Partner at Innovation Endeavors, a venture firm backed by Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt. Anat also worked for Israel’s State Attorney, on Capitol Hill and with the World Bank. She received her PhD from MIT, an MPA from Columbia University and a law degree from Hebrew University.

Assaf A. Harlap
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Assaf is a serial entrepreneur who builds and runs complex, value-driven organizations. After co-founding MEET, Assaf founded several startups and social ventures to modernize the automotive industry space. Currently, Assaf serves on the board of Colmobil Corp, Israel’s largest car importer, distributor and retailer ($3B sales), In parallel, Assaf is also the Co-Founder of Mint Kitchen, a new Fast-Casual Israeli food concept in New York, and helped launch Future Mobility Israel - a think tank + policy lobby group with a vision to eliminate Israel's traffic and congestion.

Subhi Beidas
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Subhi was Born and raised in Jerusalem
he left to pursue his B.Sc in Computer Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. After graduating from MEET in 2008, he
has since been involved with several startups. Most recently he's been heading the engineering team at Codecov. Subhi came back to MEET as a CS instructor for Y2 during the 2018 Summer Program.

Gigi Levy Weiss
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Gigi is a founding partner of NFX (, a $150m leading seed venture firm in Silicon Valley and Israel. He is a founder and investor in many technology start ups such as Playtika, Kenshoo, Plarium, MyHeritage, Optimove, Houseparty, R2Net, SimilarWeb, NanoRep, Replay Technology, SpaceApe, inceptionVR and others. Gigi serves on the Supervisory Board of Bertelsmann as well as on the EMEA client advisory council of Facebook.

Wael Salloum
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Wael is of Lebanese and Palestinian descent. Currently the Head of Data at WhatsApp, Wael previously worked for Senator Hillary Clinton in DC. He worked for 9 years as a Senior Quantitative Analyst and Engineer for Google Ads, and a year as Data Lead for Emerging Experiences at YouTube. Currently, he advises startups and works with a number of non-profits. Some issues he cares a lot about are diversity, education, and female empowerment. Wael currently resides in the Bay Area with his wife Vivian and their son Ziad.

Yaron Binur
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Yaron Binur is a three-time founder who innovates in technology, education, and social change. He is a co-founder and currently the Chairman of the Board of MEET. Yaron co-founded two startups: Up2 and Redbeacon; the latter, a home-services marketplace, was acquired by  Home Depot in 2012. He launched his career at Google after graduating from MIT in 2005.

Reem Younis
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Born and raised in Nazareth, Mrs. Younis holds a B.Sc. Degree in civil engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. Together with her husband founded “Alpha Omega Ltd.” Currently, she is serving as board member in multiple NGO’s that promote her belief in the 3E’s – Education, Employment & Entrepreneurship. Mrs. Younis’ aspiration is to promote entrepreneurship among the younger generation, encouraging them to pursue their dreams for a brighter tomorrow. In turn, she believes, this would have a great impact on Nazareth. It would transform this diverse city into a modern and technological place. Reem and Imad have three children: Dima, Jude and Nada.

Shayma Sharif
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Shayma is VP of Marketing at HQ, a startup mobility company. Holding both her M.Sc and B.Sc. from the Technion in Haifa. Shayma was a consultant at theBoston Consulting Grou, and held various positions at the VC company NFX. After graduating from MEET in 2008, she came back to MEET as an instructor during the 2016 Summer Program.

Rafiq Masri
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Rafiq Masri is a Palestinian-American entrepreneur. Rafiq is an experienced CEO and Founder in the information technology industry. Rafiq serves as the chairman of Palestinian Economic Development Foundation (PalEco), and is on the board of Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP), World Venture Group (WVG), and Search for Common Ground. Rafiq completed post graduate studies in business and software engineering at both Harvard and George Mason University. Rafiq is committed to efforts to build and support the Palestinian economy as a paramount requirement to any future peace and stability.

Adi Soffer Teeni
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Adi Soffer Teeni is the General Manager of Facebook Israel. She joined Facebook Israel in 2014 to build and grow the company’s Israeli office. Soffer Teeni began her career in 1997 as the CEO of Wall Street Israel, an international school of English. In 2001, she became CEO of Kidum Group, the country’s largest private education company. In 2008, she was appointed as General Manager of is a member of the Board of Directors of Unistream, MEET, Shecodes and Yozmot Atid, and is part of the advisory board for “KamaTach”.. Soffer Teeni holds a bachelor’s degree in Law from Tel Aviv University and an MBA from the university’s Kellogg-Recanati International Executive MBA program.

Yaniv Sagee
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Yaniv has international experience in the fields of education and social change, managing NGOs with large budgets that work on challenging the Israeli-Palestinian status quo through on the ground projects that aim at trade despair and frustration with partnership and hope.

Yaniv is also the father of Tav, Guy and Matar. He is married to Galia, a fellow educator and social activist who works at the bilingual school Bridge over the Valley in Kafr Qara. The two live in Kibbutz Ein HaShofet.

Mustafa Hussein
Student Program Director
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Mustafa Hussein leads MEET’s highly selective recruitment process and student program. Under his leadership, MEET consistently recruits a deeply diverse and talented applicant pool comprised of the region’s top students and young leaders. Mustafa co-developed and implements MEET’s Deeper Understanding curricula. Mustafa is qualified as a Computer Graphics Engineer, and previously worked for the Children Cancer Unit at Hadassah, Ein Karem Hospital. Beyond MEET, Mustafa’s interests include photography and graphic design.

Ada Harverd
Financial and Operations Manager
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Ada Harverd works closely with MEET’s CEO to manage resource development, and administrative, logistical, financial and legal responsibilities which allows MEET to run effectively and efficiently. Ada has experience in the Israeli high-tech world and has previously worked at, an Israeli-Palestinian joint-venture start-up, among others. Ada has a B.A. from Brandeis University. Outside of MEET, Ada enjoys time with her husband and three children, baking and long-distance running.

Etai Freedman
RD Director
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Etai is responsible for MEET’s overseas donor relations, fundraising and creative development strategies. He has previously served in campaigning, resource development and advisory capacities at a variety of organizations and projects, including Burning Man, the New Israel Fund, the Global Hunger Foundation, Bienvenidos, and the San Francisco Children’s Day School.

He graduated with honors from San Francisco State University (B.A. in Psychology), and holds an M.B.A. in Nonprofit Management from the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, CA.

Anat Manielevitch
HR & Alumni Leadership and Professional Development Manager
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Anat has worked in the educational non-profit sector for over ten years. She has worked on developing and implementing leadership programs for youth and young adults. She now works to enhance our alumni's leadership and professional development, as well as developing our HR protocols and needs.

In her spare time she plays xbox and volunteers with queer communities.

Veronica Morcos
Alumni Community Manager
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Veronica was born and raised in Bethlehem. After working multiple jobs, she is now a Psychology student in Al-Quds Open University.

The focus of her role is bringing the MEET alumni community together, and take the Alumni Network to the next level, professionally.

Veronica's goals include making an impact and helping raise awareness of Mental Health, as well as gender equality. She is passionate about social and systemic change and helping others.

She appreciates a good cup of coffee and loves to spend time with her pets - yes, plural.

Dana Tendler
CSR Program Manager
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Dana is MEET's CSR Program Manager, working on forging relationships with the local high-tech industry that support both MEET's educational and RD strategic goals.

Dana is a Biomedical Engineer and an MBA graduate (both from Tel Aviv university). Before joining MEET She filled senior positions in the bio-med/medical device industry as product and clinical trials manager.She was born and raised in Haifa, lived in Tel Aviv for a decade and recently came back from living in San Francisco for 7 years.

Keren Zehavi
Grants Director
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A long time social entrepreneur turned professional consultant and fundraiser, Keren Zehavi has gained extensive experience of over 17 years in philanthropy, communications and strategic organizational development with the non-profit worlds in the US and Israel.

Keren speaks four languages – English, Hebrew, French and Polish, has two kids and resides in Tel Aviv, Israel. When not working or driving her kids around, Keren enjoys art, running and reading.

Yulia Shapira
Grants Manager
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Yulia is in charge of  MEET’s grant writing program, as well as cultivating foundation relationships.

Yulia brings a multifaceted experience in the non-profit sector. She has previously served in R&D, project management, and grant operations roles at a variety of organizations.

Yulia was born in Saint-Petersburg, and currently resides in Tel Aviv with her family. She is a world traveler, and an explorer at heart, always on the lookout for new places and new people. She loves art, sports, and reading.

Mykel Elledge
PR & Social Media Manager
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Mykel, who has lived in Lebanon, Zambia, the UK, and Burundi, moved to Jerusalem in 2018 to be with his partner. He works closely with the RD and Educational teams to ensure that MEET is well represented on all social media platforms in order that we might reach those who are best suited to our program, and maintain an ongoing relationship with our alumni and supporters.

Mykel has a BA and MA in Applied Drama, and co-founded a theatre company in 2014 which raises awareness of Modern Day Slavery. He is passionate about social justice, nature, art, and his dog, Don.

Iky Salinas
Development Associate
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Iky made aliyah in 2016 after living both in the United States and Mexico. Having recently finished his Master’s degree in Non-Profit Management at the Hebrew University, Iky is very active in local and national politics. He started working with MEET as a USAID compliance officer, helping MEET with the various requirements that the position brings, and now supports the RD team. His hobbies include playing bass guitar and drums, video games and cooking.

Abed Abu Rmeileh
Logistics Coordinator
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Abdelrahman "Abed" Abu Rmeileh manages MEET's all aspects of logistics for our Jerusalem Hub and our Student Program. Abed is a multi-lingual Palestinian from Jerusalem, and holds an M.A. in Business and Economics from Eastern Mediterranean University in Cyprus. He has extensive procurement and logistics experience acquired at local and international companies and non-profits, and a strong background in finance, business, economics, and management. He is also the brother of one of MEET's alumni, and possibly Chelsea FC's biggest supporter.

Tasneem Morshed
Year 2 Lead
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Having served as a student program coordinator for 3 years, and working closely with students of the program, she has taken on the responsibility of leading the Year 2 cohort. She recently completed her Master's degree in English Literature at The University of Haifa, after finishing her bachelor's in said subject in addition to Asian Studies.
Tasneem also speaks 4 languages, so if you speak Korean, make sure to say hi!

Lour Hayek
Year 1 Lead
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Graduated with a double-major in Psychology and English Language and Literature from the University of Haifa. Currently a student of a Master's degree in English language and literature. Experience in the field of education, since she's been working at an English centre for two years now as well as volunteered at a centre for kids that come from difficult backgrounds.

Lilach Simhon Baram
Recruitment Manager
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Lilach worked as a coordinator and a facilitator in the Nazareth hub, before taking on the responsibility of managing MEET's recruitment process. She possesses a lot of meaningful experience in group training, production, and education through volunteering as a counsellor in a developing leadership and conflict resolution skills program. Lilach enjoys reading books, theatre, and good jokes.

Aya Levy Zalmanson
Head of Curriculum
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Aya graduated from Tel Aviv University with Executive MA in Educational management and leadership. Her BE.D.F.A is in Film studies and she worked in the film industry as a Film Editor for ten years before joining MEET.
Currently, a Ph.D. student at Haifa University, hoping to bring dialogue and Participatory leadership into the educational systems. Aya was a board member of Amutat Midburn and a volunteer in its production team every year since 2015.

Layan Musallam
Evaluation & Information Manager
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Layan recently completed her Master's degree in Education in Science and Technology, majoring in Mathematics and minoring in Computer Science at the Technion, after she finished her BS.c. in Industrial Engineering and Management at the Technion. Layan cares about the community and loves to volunteer; she has volunteered in Rotaract, Shecodes, and QueenB.

Aseel Yahai
Student Program Coordinator
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Aseel is a MEET Alumna, of the class of 2021. Right after she graduated she couldn’t wait to come back and contribute to the program, so she volunteered as a Computer Science Teacher Assistant. During her senior year at school she was a Model United Nations instructor.

You can always find Aseel holding a cup of coffee while playing a Taylor Swift song. When you meet her, strike up a conversation about Hermione Granger, Mermaids, and Vampires.

Dima Kanazi
Student Program Coordinator
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Dima graduated from MEET in 2020, and is very excited to give back to the program.

She likes the sun, the beach, the movies and people that like to laugh!

Hiba Zhaika
Student Program Coordinator
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Hiba graduated from the MEET student program in 2021, and has served as a Teaching Assistant, before joining the student coordinator team.

She is a keen sports woman, and coaches a girls soccer team. Interestingly, her hands are so small that she's not allowed to play the cello.

Siwar Hammad
Student Program Coordinator
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From a young age Siwar joined every science and math related competition she heard of. She later joined MEET as a student, and graduated from the program in 2021. She later gave back to the organization by volunteering as an Entrepreneurship Teaching Assistant before becoming a Student Program Coordinator. She is dedicated to giving the students the same positive experience that she was given.

Art and painting are therapy

Sari Khamis
Student Program Coordinator
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Sari was an active member of his school council, and had a huge input into curricular and extracurricular activities. He graduated from the MEET student program in 2021, and has served as a Teaching Assistant, before joining the student coordinator team.

He loves to sing, and often blows the MEET community away with his voice at our Talent Shows.

Uriel Gan Sinclair
Student Program Coordinator
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After graduating from the program in 2012, Uriel Came back to work in MEET in 2017 as a student program coordinator. Wanting to give back to the program, and giving the students the same tools and process he went through as a student. Going through this experience Uriel decided to do his BA at the Hebrew University in Education and Political Science.

Farah Qadi
Administrative Assistant
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Farah grew up in Bethlehem and Nablus before completing her pursue her BA in English Literature, Translation, & Business Administration in Ramallah. After which she moved to Jerusalem to pursue an MA in Nonprofit Management & Leadership at the Hebrew University, where she grew more passionate about social change.

She loves the beach and froyo. She is definitely a summer person, and definitely not a cat person.

Sophie Guo
MISTI-MEET MIT Student Coordinator
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Sophie grew up in Alabama, and in August 2018 started pursuing her B.Sc in Biological engineering and Computer Science. At the end of 2019 Sophie became the MEET student coordinator at MISTI

Loai Qubti
CS Curriculum Lead
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Graduated from MEET in 2017 and has been involved with MEET ever since; From serving as a teacher assistant, to an instructor of CS, he is now leading the Computer Science curriculum with all its operations; mentoring and training leads, instructors and TAs to deliver a curriculum he has been working on for several years.

Loai is currently following his passions, studying Digital Games in Cologne, Germany; Whilst working on several other projects including start-ups and serious games.

Fouad Haddad
Y2 CS Lead
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Fouad graduated from MEET in 2020. Upon graduating, Fouad has served as a Teacher Assistant and Instructor and is now leading the Year 2 CS curriculum with all its operations, from shaping the right material that is to be taught, to mentoring and supporting the TAs and the students alike.

In his free time, Fouad plays tennis and is active in his own community by volunteering with the MUN program as a mentor, as well as being involved in a local youth group, Haifa Youth Movement. Fouad hopes to pursue a degree in Computer Science to follow his passion in the field.

Lyel Resner
Academic Advisor
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MIT Alum - Professor at NYU & Cornell

Adan Abu Naaj
Computer Science Instructor
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MEET alum

George Abu Dahoud
Computer Science Instructor
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MEET alum

George Rashed
Computer Science TA
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MEET alum

Jeniffer Dakak
Computer Science Instructor
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MEET alum

Musa Bakri
Computer Science TA
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MEET alum

Naim Mussa
Entrepreneurship Instructor
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MEET alum

Richard Colwell
Entrepreneurship Instructor
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Sadek Jabr
Computer Science Instructor
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MEET alum

MEET gratefully acknowledges the following 2021 donors
for their generosity

For our Article 46 Certification, see here

For our 2021 Certification of Proper Management, see here

(R.A.)’s Equivalency Determination certification see here

Contributors of $100,000+
Izhar Armony & Noami Armony-Erel
The Gottesman Fund
Daphi and Gigi Levy-Weiss
Adam & Rebecca Neumann
Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies – Israel
Tmura Fund
United Israel Appeal of Canada Inc. / The Gerald Schwartz & Heather Reisman Foundation
Contributors of $10,000+
Adam Fisher
B8 of Hope Foundation
Daniel Bernard
Beverly Foundation
Eva Kedar
Susan Gellen
Wissam Jarjoui
Kent & Caroline Jenkins
Aleksandra Korolova & Yaron Binur
Sam Lessin
Moore Family Foundation, David & Katherine
Bill Ackman & Neri Oxman Foundation
Prof. Ed Roberts
Wael Salloum
Eden Shochat
Akbar Thobhani
Contributors of $50,000+
Michael Fuchs
Diane P. & Guilford Glazer Fund
Assaf Harlap
Rosalind C. Lee & Victor Ambros
Nevas Foundation
Contributors of $5,000+
Dudi & Muki Aharoni
Eli & Yotam Alroy
Alstom Foundation
Bertelsmann Foundation
Rachel & Yuval Binur
Dorit & Richard Dale
Manish Gaudi
Harriet Gold
Bank Hapoalim
Lustigman Harlap
The Joseph & Christina Kasierer Foundation
Linda Levenson
Charles Libicki
Ron Rofe
Julian Saban
Michal Schestowitz
The Siegel Family
Edith Stern Family Foundation
Gal Trifon
Winograd-Hutner Family Fund
Contributors of $25,000+
Alcide / Rapid7
Bader Philanthropies
The Jacob & Hilda Blaustein Foundation
Judi & Larry Bohn
The Philip & Bernice Krupp Foundation
Motorola Solution Foundation
Edmond de Rothschild Foundation
Renn & Maureen Vara
Lucie & Louis Weil-Bloch
Contributors of $1,000+
Austrian Embassy
Temple Beth El
Debbie & Mike Cogan
Yael Cohen
Shuly Galili
Guy Gamzu
Susan Gellen
Jay & Marianne Goldman
Daniel Goldstein
Eran Gorev
Allen & Jane Grossman
Edward & Shelley Grossman
Maya & Eyal Gura
Jonathan Harel-Cohen
Herman Dana Trust
Gil Hrisch
Marlene & Mark Kalow
Amit Karp
Nechama & Yaakov Karpol-Borek
Tracy Kirkham
Leichtag Foundation
Bank Leumi
Louise Silverstein
Avram Miller
Noam Naveh
Dodi Nice
L.D. Salmanson
Jim Scheinman
Shiri & Ilan Segev
Soco Tahini
Gideon Stein
Tamar Ventures
United States Embassy
Vintage Investment Partners
Oren Wiesler
Wiesler Family Foundation

meet our partners

we are proud to partner with world-class leaders in education, technology, and social innovation.

MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) is MIT’s pioneering international education program. Rooted in the Mens et Manus tradition, MISTI matches MIT students with tailored internship, research and teaching opportunities abroad. We also facilitate international faculty collaborations and develop partnerships with leading companies, research institutes and universities around the world.

Since 2004, MIT has been a key founding partner in critical ways, providing MEET with access to volunteer instructors, a pool of international mentors who assist in drafting and updating our educational curriculum, and direct funding.

contact us

Head Office
P.O.B. 820, Jerusalem 91007
Tel: 02-627-2188 – Fax: 02-627-2081

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