Welcome to the Area for Middle East and Arab Countries,
a multidisciplinary research institute: The mission of
this regional study center is to promote research and
development for generating highly qualified experts,
intellectuals and policy makers to deal with the
emerging opportunities and challenges in the
resource-rich Middle East.
The Area Study Center for Middle East and Arab Countries
(ASC) has been established by the Federal Government of
Pakistan at the University of Balochistan, Quetta in
1989 through a parliamentary legislation (Act No. XLV of
1975) passed by the first elected National Assembly of
Pakistan to develop a better understanding of the Middle
Eastern countries among its academia and decision makers
in the corridors of power. The ASC seeks to promote
inter-disciplinary study and research about this
geopolitically important resource-rich region to
strengthen academic and diplomatic ties with the Middle
Eastern States. The Area Study Center with its own
distinguished teaching faculty offers M.Phil and PhD
programs in Area Studies (History, Political Science,
International Relations and Economics) with
specialization on the Middle East and Arab World. The
ASC is governed by the Board of Governors, nominated by
the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan for
three years that meets bi-annually to review the
academic and administrative activities of the Center.
The honorable Vice Chancellor of the University of
Balochistan is the Chairman of the Board of Governors.
The Director is the executive of the Center whereas the
Admin Officer is responsible for the management of all
administrative and operational functions of the officer
of the Director.