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AMIDEAST Moves to New Location in Muscat

Muscat, December 16, 2012 — AMIDEAST announced today that it plans to move its headquarters in Oman to a new location in January 2013.   Located in the Airports Heights/Ghala section of Muscat, the new purpose-built space will include an EducationUSA library, a variety of classrooms and meeting spaces, two computer labs including one certified by Educational Testing Services in the U.S. for administration of the Internet-based TOEFL, a student lounge, and a large parking lot designated for AMIDEAST visitors.

 

Lebanon Advisory Board Pledges New Support for Entrepreneurship and Scholarship Initiatives

Washington, DC/Beirut, Lebanon, November 5, 2012 — Led by Chairman Dr. Paul F. Boulos, President and COO of Innovyze Corporation, the AMIDEAST/Lebanon Advisory Board pledged $250,000 in new annual support for scholarships, entrepreneurship training, and workforce development initiatives in Lebanon during its recent meeting in Beirut. The two-year-old board also welcomed several new members, bringing its membership of prominent Lebanese business and civic leaders to 23.

أمديست ومؤسسة سيتي يقدمان برنامجاً تدريبياً في تنظيم المشاريع للسيدات في أربع دول عربية

واشنطن، دي سي/ - 8 أكتوبر 2012: أعلنت منظمة أمديست التعليمية عن تدشين المرحلة الثانية من برنامج المرأة العربية في تنظيم المشاريع في كل من جمهورية مصر العربية، ولبنان، والمغرب، والأردن بالتعاون مع مؤسسة سيتي الخيرية.

وسيوفر البرنامج، والذي بدأ في عام 2011، التدريب اللازم لِ 80 امرأة من ذوات الدخل المحدود ليبدأن بمشاريعهن الجديدة أو توسيع مشاريعهن الحالية بمعدل 20 امرأة في كل بلدٍ من البلدان الأربعة. وقد نظمت أميد إيست العام الفائت دورة تدريبية في المرحلة الأولى من البرنامج في لبنان والإمارات العربية المتحدة والكويت والمغرب. وامتدت الدورة على مدى ثلاثة أسابيع بهدف زيادة الوعي وتعليم المهارات الأساسية في إدارة الأعمال لهؤلاء النساء كوضع خطة عمل، وكيفية الحصول على قرض، والمحاسبة الأساسية والعامة. واتبع هذه الدورة فترة اشراف قمن خلالها النساء بتطبيق ما تعلمنه على مواجهة التحديات والعقبات التي قد يواجهنها هؤلاء النساء.

A Call For Tolerance

AMIDEAST strongly condemns the offensive film that has inflamed passions across the Middle East and abhors, as do the vast majority of Americans, the hateful intentions behind it. Such actions must not be allowed to undermine the bonds of friendship that exist between Americans and the peoples of the Middle East. AMIDEAST likewise strongly condemns the senseless violence that caused the deaths this week of four American diplomats in Libya, who were there to assist the Libyan people rebuild their country. Peaceful demonstrations are a right, but there is no justification for violence.

Fahim Qubain, Hope Fund Founder

AMIDEAST mourns the loss of Dr. Fahim Qubain, who passed away in April at the age of 88. Qubain will be long remembered as the founder of the Hope Fund, an organization that in one decade has made a made a life-changing difference for nearly 70 young Palestinian men and women from refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan, the West Bank and Gaza.

Bassel Al Shahade, Fulbright Student from Syria

 AMIDEAST was saddened by the death of Bassel Al Shahade, a student in the Fulbright Foreign Student Program who was pursuing a master of fine arts degree in film at Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. Shahade, from Damascus, Syria, was a promising young filmmaker and civic activist who had already used his filmmaking talent before joining the Fulbright program to draw attention to the problems facing women in his country and to the impact of drought on communities in northern Syria. As fighting intensified in Syria, Shahade could not ignore the deterioration of conditions and decided to return. He was killed May 28 in the embattled city of Homs, where he had travelled to train activist videographers and to work on a film of his own about the historic events underway in his country.

AMIDEAST Hosts Forum for U.S., Jordanian Language Students

Amman, Jordan, July 18, 2012―American and Jordanian students advanced their language skills and understanding of each others’ cultures during a day-long forum hosted today by AMIDEAST/Jordan. The high school students are participants in two U.S. Department of State-funded initiatives that encourage development of foreign language skills.

AMIDEAST Announces 2012 David Mize Scholar

Alexandria, Egypt, July 31, 2012 — AMIDEAST is pleased to announce that Adham El Batal from Alexandria, Egypt, is this year’s recipient of the David Mize Scholarship, a prestigious award that will cover his four years of undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan. The award, which was established in 2007, is named in honor of former AMIDEAST/Egypt country director David Mize in recognition of his leadership in the field of international education and is made possible by an Egyptian-American businessman who is an alumnus of top U.S. educational institutions.

Tribute to Fahim Qubain, Hope Fund Founder

AMIDEAST mourns the loss of Dr. Fahim Qubain, who passed away in April at the age of 88. Qubain will be long remembered as the founder of the Hope Fund, an organization that in one decade has made a made a life-changing difference for nearly 70 young Palestinian men and women from refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan, the West Bank and Gaza.

Skills for Success Project Labeled by the Union for the Mediterranean

Washington, DC, July 9, 2012―AMIDEAST is pleased to announce that the Union for the Mediterranean labeled its Skills for Success project at its regular Senior Officials Meeting, which took place in Barcelona, Spain, on June 28, 2012. The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), a multilateral partnership encompassing 43 countries from Europe and the Mediterranean Basin, promotes sustainable development projects in and among its member states.

After a project receives the UfM “label,” the UfM Secretariat facilitates its promotion, especially its financing needs. Once the project is launched, the Secretariat monitors its implementation, ensuring that criteria required for obtaining and keeping the UfM “project label” are being met.

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