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About the UCDAR Consortium

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Founded in 2001, the UC Davis and Arab Region (UCDAR) Consortium (formerly the BCBCB Consortium) fosters collaborative research and training between its members: UC Davis; the American University of Beirut (AUB); American University in Cairo (AUC); Birzeit University (BZU); American University of Sharjah (AUS); and Lebanese American University (LAU).  The partner institutions in the Arab region teach in English, and use American-style curriculum.

UCDAR was founded and is directed by Dr. Suad Joseph, Distinguished Research Professor, Anthropology and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, UC Davis.  The Consortium is governed by a Steering Committee with representatives from all member universities.  It's current charter in in effect through May 18, 2020. 

UCDAR provides a framework for collaborative research, education and training projects across disciplines that include sciences, business and management, education, engineering, law, medicine, social sciences and humanities. UCDAR supports the mutual interest in intellectual interaction, free flow of ideas, and collaborative projects between UC Davis and the Arab region.

The UCDAR vision is to excite the imagination of scholars for collaborative research among UC Davis and in the five Arab region universities to benefit the public good. It provides the organizational foundation to establish impactful projects benefiting both scholarship and pressing issues both in the Arab region and in California. UCDAR does this by connecting UC Davis scholars with field sites, research opportunities and training partnerships in Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, and United Arab Emirates and connecting scholars in the five partner universities with UC Davis scholars for collaborative, interdisciplinary research. UCDAR has provided numerous opportunities for faculty across UC Davis to engage with the region through various project initiatives. More than 80 UC Davis faculty members have been involved in the last three years.

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