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AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs Receive High Marks in 2013 Study Abroad Rankings

AMIDEAST ranked seventh among providers of study abroad programs for Americans and its Area & Arabic Language Studies Program in Rabat, Morocco, was rated fifth among single programs in the latest worldwide annual rankings issued by Abroad101, the oldest and largest study abroad review website. 

Abroad101’s “2013 Study Abroad Rankings” rated AMIDEAST’s Education Abroad Programs in the Arab World on the basis of its 18 programs in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, and Tunisia, which offer study and intensive language options.  They received an overall score of 4.6 out of 5, while its Rabat program received “five stars” from 19 out of 22 reviewers. The website noted that a student reviewer described the Rabat program as “challenging in all the right ways,” while another one noted, “The on-site staff in [sic] incredibly helpful, kind, and caring. Any problem that any of us had was taken care of promptly by the staff there.”

AMIDEAST, Union for the Mediterranean Launch Employability Skills Initiative for Women in Five Arab Countries

Ms. Helena Simas, AMIDEAST Regional Director for English Language Programs, presents an overview of the Skills for Success program.

Washington, DC, March 26, 2014—AMIDEAST is pleased to announce the launch of a new partnership with the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) to provide employability skills training in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia. "Skills for Success–Employability Skills for Women" will specifically target disadvantaged women who have completed secondary school with training designed to improve their ability to enter and succeed in the workforce.

AMIDEAST Vice President for Business Development Vincent DeSomma (center) and representatives of the UfM and the Flemish Department of Foreign Affairs sign the agreement launching Skills for Success.

The launch of Skills for Success took place during the UfM's "Women's Socio-economic Empowerment: Projects for Progress" conference at its Barcelona headquarters on March 26-27, 2014. It included a formal signing of the agreement between AMIDEAST, the UfM, and the Flemish Department of Foreign Affairs, which will add to funds already provided for the program by the government of Norway. The program was also previewed in detail before the conference audience of some 250, including government representatives, development experts, officials of international organizations focusing on women's empowerment and gender equality, and others from the private sector and civil society.

AMIDEAST Appoints New Country Director in Egypt

Washington, DC, October 10, 2013AMIDEAST is pleased to welcome Shahinaz Ahmed as the new country director for AMIDEAST’s field operation in Egypt. Ms. Ahmed, who will be based in Cairo, takes charge of AMIDEAST’s largest field operation, with offices in Cairo and Alexandria, as well as its oldest. Under her leadership, AMIDEAST/Egypt, will continue its commitment to meeting Egypt’s growing need for educational and training opportunities, especially for youth, women, and less advantaged groups.
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AMIDEAST Launches EducationAbroad Program in Oman

Washington, DC, October 10, 2013 — AMIDEAST is launching a new education abroad program for American undergraduate students in the Sultanate of Oman, beginning in spring 2014. The new program will be part of AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs in the Arab World, which began in 2007 and over the years has offered semester/academic year study opportunities in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, and Morocco, combining language study with coursework and cultural enrichment opportunities designed to deepen students’ Arabic language proficiency and understanding of the Arab world. In addition, AMIDEAST has assisted U.S. universities with a variety of customized programs in these countries and in Oman, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.

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AMIDEAST and Saudi Electric Services Polytechnic Sign Five-Year Training Agreement

New Program Emphasizes English Language and Technical Bridging Skills Training


Dammam, Saudi Arabia, September 18, 2013 — AMIDEAST, a leading provider of educational and training services in the Middle East, and Saudi Electric Services Polytechnic (SESP), a subsidiary of Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), signed a large-scale training agreement today during a ceremony held at the InterContinental Hotel in Al Khobar.  SESP was represented by Mr. Ibrahim M. Balghonaim, Chairman of the Board of Directors, SESP and Senior Vice President, Human Resources, SEC, and Dr. Shaker H. Al-Mahasana, Managing Director, SESP-Baish and SESP-Juaymah. AMIDEAST was represented by Mr. James T. Grabowski, Vice President for Field Operations, and Ms. Leslie Nucho, Vice President for Programs.

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AMIDEAST Appoints New Country Director in Tunisia

Washington, DC, August 12, 2013 — AMIDEAST is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Chris Shinn as its new country director for Tunisia. Dr. Shinn, who will be based in Tunis, brings to this position extensive experience in international education, including nearly a decade directing AMIDEAST programs in the West Bank and Gaza. He succeeds Quincy Dermody, who has become assistant country director for AMIDEAST’s operations in Egypt.
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Statement on the Death of Intern Andrew Pochter

The AMIDEAST community is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Andrew Pochter during the demonstrations in Alexandria, Egypt, on Friday, June 28, 2013. Andrew, a rising junior at Kenyon College in Ohio, was spending his summer as an intern at our training center in Alexandria, engaged in teaching English in the Kid’s Program for seven- and eight-year-olds. He also viewed his summer internship as an opportunity to develop his Arabic language skills and deepen his knowledge of Egypt and the Arab world. Those who worked with him in the short time he had been in Egypt remember him for his enthusiasm, compassion and engaging and friendly manner. His loss comes as a shock to his students and colleagues. We extend our deepest sympathies to his bereaved family and friends.

USAID Awards School Improvement Program to AMIDEAST

Four-year, $20.0 Million Project to Improve Educational Access, Youth Development Opportunities in the West Bank

Washington, DC, April 16, 2013 — AMIDEAST is pleased to announce that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has selected it to implement a four-year initiative that will provide support for 50 Palestinian public and private schools. The School Improvement Program (SIP) will focus on strengthening leadership, teaching quality, and community engagement in these schools. In addition, the program will provide career guidance, life skills training, and experiential learning in order to overcome low student achievement.

"We are gratified that USAID has selected AMIDEAST to manage this project, which will contribute significantly to strengthening the capacity of Palestinian schools.  An educational system that instills the value of life-long learning is the foundation stone of any nation or state that hopes to succeed in the 21st century," said AMIDEAST President and CEO Theodore H. Kattouf.

AMIDEAST'S New Premises in Muscat Officially Inaugurated

Muscat, April 7, 2013 — His Highness Sayyid Taimur bin Assad Al Said officially opened the new premises of AMIDEAST today at a ceremony that featured remarks by U.S. Ambassador Greta C. Holtz and a letter from AMIDEAST’s President and CEO, Ambassador Theodore H. Kattouf, read by an AMIDEAST headquarters representative. Officials from various Ministries, private sector companies and educational institutions participated in the event and then toured the new facilities at Airport Heights, which include four floors of classrooms, computer labs, testing facilities, conference and meeting rooms, a library for educational advising, a student lounge, and staff offices.  

إطلاق برنامج تطوير القيادة والمعلمين بالتعاون بين وزارة التربية وأمديست

رام الله (الضفة الغربية)27/3/2013احتفلت وزارة التربية والتعليم وأمديست، اليوم، في مقر المعهد الوطني للتدريب التربوي، بإطلاق برنامج تطوير القيادة والمعلمين الذي سيستمر لمدة اربعة أعوام في 300 مدرسة، بدعم من الوكالة الأمريكية للتنمية الدولية، وسلة التمويل المشترك JFA بحضور ومشاركة وزيرة التربية والتعليم لميس العلمي، والقنصل الأمريكي العام مايكل آلان ريتني، ومدير بعثة الوكالة الامريكية للتنمية الدولية في فلسطين مايكل هارفي، ومدير مكتب ممثلية جمهورية ألمانيا الاتحادية باربرة ولف، والوكيل المساعد لشؤون التخطيط والتطوير د. بصري صالح، ومدير عام المعهد الوطني للتدريب التربوي د. شهناز الفار، ومدير برنامج تطوير القيادة التربوية في أمديست د.
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