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Report Links Higher Education Reform to the Long-Term Success of Restructuring in the Arab World

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A new report, Higher Education Reform in the Arab World, underscores the critical role of higher education in the restructuring of Arab economic and political institutions that is currently underway.  Authored by AMIDEAST Vice President Katherine Wilkens, the 11-page monograph links “the long term success or failure of today’s reform initiatives” to the ability of countries in the region “to place higher education where it belongs—as the engine of social and economic progress.”  

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AMIDEAST Releases 2010 Annual Report “Investing in People”

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INVESTING IN PEOPLE features stories of some of the thousands of individuals AMIDEAST worked with in 2010. Together with our partners and donors we worked to help thousands of individuals across the Middle East and North Africa access educational and training opportunities that will enable them to transform their own lives and bring positive change to their communities and societies. Learn about our activities in our 2010 annual report and read the stories of a few of the many individuals whom we proudly served this past year.

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AMIDEAST Appoints New Country Director in Egypt

AMIDEAST is pleased to announce the appointment of James Ketterer as country director for Egypt. He assumes responsibility for AMIDEAST’s largest field operation, which includes field offices in Cairo and Alexandria, as well as activities that extend beyond Egypt’s two primary cities.

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U.S.-Islamic World Forum Considers Challenges Facing Arab Higher Education

As part of the U.S.-Islamic World Forum, which met in Washington, DC, in mid April, Safwan Masri, Director of Columbia University’s Middle East Center in Amman, and Katherine Wilkens, AMIDEAST Vice President for Communications, co-chaired a Working Group on Higher Education in the Arab World. The group brought together a distinguished group of educators, specialists, and public sector officials from the United States and the Middle East to review the current state of higher education in the region and consider the key challenges facing reform today.

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AMIDEAST Appoints New Country Director in Iraq

AMIDEAST is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Chris Ludlow as Country Director for Iraq. After serving as acting country director since last December, he takes over the helm of AMIDEAST’s Iraq operation during a period of growth and expansion. Since resuming operations in Iraq in 2004, AMIDEAST has worked from its main office in Erbil to offer scholarship and exchange opportunities for the entire country.

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AMIDEAST, USAID Establish Centers for Teaching Excellence in Palestinian Universities

Bethlehem, March 31, 2011 — The Palestinian Faculty Development Program, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by AMIDEAST, held a launching ceremony Thursday to acknowledge the recent establishment of a Center for Teaching Excellence at Bethlehem University.

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Fulbright-Hays Program Promotes Higher Education Exchange between U.S. and Oman, Jordan

Muscat, Oman—March 28, 2011 A group of U.S. university and college presidents and vice presidents are visiting Oman this week as part of a special “Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad” program focusing on higher education in the United States and the Arab world.

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AMIDEAST and Souktel hold Demo Cisco Entrepreneur Institute Workshops

Ramallah – March 18, 2011 – With co-sponsorship from Souktel, AMIDEAST recently provided a glimpse of what it has in store with its collaboration with Cisco to open a Cisco® Entrepreneur Institute Training Center in Ramallah, Palestine. The collaboration will bring entrepreneurship training to youth and aspiring entrepreneurs in Palestine as well as foster job creation and enable entrepreneurs to start and grow businesses in the region.

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