As part of the Annual U.S.-Islamic World Forum hosted by the Brookings Institution's Saban Center and the Government of Qatar, AMIDEAST will convene a three-day workshop in Washington, DC, in April 2011 on higher education reform in the Arab World. The forum provides a unique opportunity for top education, government, and nonprofit leaders from the United States and the Islamic world to discuss critical issues of mutual concern and work on building agreement for further action in these areas. The workshop will focus on the current state of higher education in the Middle East and North Africa. Considering a broad spectrum of public and private sector models currently present in the region, participants will seek to develop guidelines for moving forward with reform in core areas such as teacher and program quality, institutional capacity, resource allocation, accreditation, regulatory oversight, and labor market responsiveness.
Abu Dhabi, December 7, 2010 — America-Mideast Educational and Training Services, Inc. (AMIDEAST) has been named ETS Global’s Country Master Distributor (CMD) in the United Arab Emirates under a three-year agreement signed today in Abu Dhabi. The new agreement benefits UAE students, educators, businesses, and other institutions by expanding their access to world-recognized tests of English for both academic and professional purposes.
Washington, DC, November 4, 2010 —The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has awarded AMIDEAST a $225,000 grant that will enable it to support Egypt’s largest and most prestigious public university, Cairo University, as it seeks to strengthen its capacity to host U.S. study abroad students.
AMIDEAST Impact chronicles AMIDEAST's activities highlighting the impact of AMIDEAST's educational and training services as it pursues its mission of expanding educational opportunities and strengthening mutual understanding between Americans and the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa.
Cairo, Egypt, August 20, 2010 — AMIDEAST is pleased to announce the start of a new program that will provide Egyptian Imams and female religious scholars with the linguistic tools needed to engage in discussions and explanations of Islam, particularly to non-Muslims. Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the English for Religious Purposes program will be offered in Alexandria and Tanta over the coming two years.
Washington, DC, March 30, 2010 — AMIDEAST is pleased to announce the launch of a scholarship initiative that will enable more American college students to live and study in the Arab world. Beginning this summer, the new AMIDEAST Arab Heritage Fund Scholarship Program will provide a limited number of need-based scholarships for participants in AMIDEAST’s summer, semester, and academic-year study abroad programs in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, and Morocco.
Amman, Jordan, March 22, 2010 — Senior representatives of AMIDEAST announced plans today to expand the American organization’s operations in Jordan, including the opening of a training center in Aqaba and a new scholarship initiative for women entrepreneurs.
Amman, July 27, 2010 — Under an agreement signed in Amman today, Arab Bank and American education organization AMIDEAST have launched an innovative partnership to benefit Arab Bank customers and the many individuals who access AMIDEAST’s extensive education and training programs.
For the fourth consecutive year with funding from the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem and in partnership with UNRWA, AMIDEAST conducted “Camp Discovery” — a multi-faceted, learner-centered summer camp experience for Palestinian youth aged 8–14 in refugee camps in Gaza and the West Bank.
AMIDEAST is pleased to announce the fourth year of recruitment for the Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship Program, a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). As the program’s recruiter, AMIDEAST will help identify 51 outstanding students from the Middle East and North Africa who would be able to obtain admission to a university on merit, but lack the financial resources to matriculate.
The scholarship program will provide these students with up to five years of academic study at the American University in Cairo (AUC), the American University of Beirut (AUB), or Lebanese American University (LAU). In addition to covering the cost of tuition, living expenses, and an experience studying abroad in the United States, the host universities will pair each student with enriching community service opportunities and internships.
The aim of the Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship Program is to identify highly motivated and civically-minded students who, as future leaders, will work to encourage open, participatory societies in the MENA region. Launched in 2007, the program has already provided scholarships to more than 90 students from across the region.
The scholarship recipients will begin their studies in fall 2011.