Since Center’s inception in 1957, some 700 individuals have received graduate degrees in Middle East and Islamic studies. CNES alumni span the globe. Their numbers include prominent academicians, university presidents and department chairs, ambassadors and government officials. They work as children’s rights advocates, religious leaders and professionals involved in humanitarian relief, banking and finance, information technology, public health, media and the arts.
The presence of Middle East and Islamic studies alumni is especially notable in Southern California and statewide: CNES alumni teach in the University of California branches at Berkeley, Irvine, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, and the California State University campuses of Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Pomona, San Bernardino, San Francisco, San Marcos and San Diego.