Arizona State University’s (ASU) Melikian Center is a comprehensive language training and research center providing both research and instructional programs. Founded in 1984, the name “Melikian Center” was conceived only in 2006 to recognize the generous contribution of Gregory and Emma Melikian - both longtime civic leaders and philanthropists in Phoenix. Their financial support helped expand the international programming of the Center.
ASU’s Melikian Center has more than 40 faculty affiliates from the university as well as community colleges from across the state. We focus on Eastern Europe, Eurasia, and Russian studies, creating partnerships with universities from these regions to be able to deliver programs aimed at international development, collaborative research, and academic exchange. Our center funds the Critical Languages Institute, a summer training academy that offers intensive training in Eurasian and East European languages not widely taught in schools and institutions. These include Albanian, Bosnian, Croatian, Hebrew, Persian, Russian, and Uzbek.