About Seattle

The city of Seattle is located on the eastern shore of Puget Sound, an inland body of water connected to the Pacific Ocean. With two major mountain ranges, the Olympics to the west and the Cascades to the east, Seattle has unmatched mountain and water views.

The city's cultural activities have given Seattle an international reputation in the fine arts, maintaining major opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre companies. The Seattle Art Museum contains major Asian and African collections.

The diverse and active international community in Seattle consists of international banks, a major port and related transportation industries, high-technology firms, and major manufacturers such as the Boeing Company and Microsoft. The Port of Seattle is one of the largest container ports in the US, and the top port for container exports to Asia.

In addition to city, state and federal international commerce and trade divisions, the Japan-America Society, the Washington State China Relations Council, the World Affairs Council, the Washington Council on International Trade, and over twenty-five ethnic or internationally oriented groups are located in Seattle.

The University and the School

The University of Washington, located in a residential area 4 miles from the center of Seattle, is the oldest state-assisted institution of higher education on the Pacific Coast. The architecture and landscaping on campus reflect this heritage on 680 scen ic acres between the shores of Lake Washington and Lake Union. A business district a block away from the campus offers a variety of bookstores, restaurants, and shops.

Enrollment at the University is approximately 34,000 students, with a full-time teaching faculty of 2,600. For more than a decade, the University has been among the top five educational institutions in the nation in the amount of federal grants and contracts attracted by its faculty.

The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies has a history that began in 1909 when the University established the Department of Oriental Subjects. The department saw a steady growth in curriculum and after World War II became the Far Eastern and Russian Institute with expanded programs in these world areas. The Institute was renamed the School of International Studies in 1978 to reflect the comprehensive range of world studies offered, and in 1983 it adopted its current title in recognition of the keen interest and support the late Senator Jackson had given to the School and to the field of international affairs during his forty-three years of service in the US Congress.

The Jackson School sponsors speakers, major conferences, career workshops and other public service activities. In addition, the School's eight federally-funded National Resource centers provide training and public education for teachers, business people, and the community. The School has a faculty of more than 100 members. Unlike most schools of international studies, the Jackson School has its own core faculty of professors who hold primary appointments entirely in the School or jointly with the School and a department.

The Middle East Center
University of Washington
225 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-4227 phone
(206) 685-0668 fax
mecuw@u.washington.edu

Ellis Goldberg, Director
goldberg@uw.edu

Felicia Hecker, Associate Director
fhecker@uw.edu