The first Cisco Entrepreneur Institute (CEI) workshop on "Starting a Business" kicked off at AMIDEAST/Oman on Sunday January 16th. The 15 session workshop will run until March 6th, with two weekly evening sessions, every Sunday and Wednesday.
Guest speakers have started to actively take part in our sessions, sharing their experience and taking part in lively discussions with the participants. Guest presentation has proven to serve as a powerful learning tool for the participants.
The Starting a Business course is a practical, comprehensive workshop on how to successfully start and operate a business in the Omani market. Upon completing the workshop participants will be able to prepare a business plan, identify the appropriate licenses and permits needed, manage business accounting activities and track cash flow, finance the venture by acquiring startup capital, Set up an E-Commerce site to sell online, plus other essential entrepreneurial skills.
The following are the ONLY majors available under the Tomorrow’s Leadership (TL) Scholarship for students beginning in the 2011-2012 school year. Available majors are listed by university.
American University of Beirut Available Majors for Tomorrow’s Leaders
Bachelor of Arts degrees
Bachelor of Agriculture and Food Studies degree
Bachelor of Science degrees
Bachelor of Business Administration degree
American University in Cairo Available Majors for Tomorrow’s Leaders
Bachelor of Accounting degree
Bachelor of Arts degrees
America-Mideast Education and Testing Services, Inc. (AMIDEAST) announced today that the internationally recognized college entrance exam, the SAT® (formerly called the Scholastic Aptitude Test), will be administered at the Indian School Muscat, in Darsait (Way No.1950, Building No.3175), during the 2010-2011 academic year. Certified by Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, New Jersey to administer the SAT®, AMIDEAST includes this service in its portfolio of programs to facilitate the U.S. university application process for students and professionals who wish to obtain higher education degrees in America.
Nearly every university in America uses the SAT® as a common and objective scale for evaluating a student’s readiness for undergraduate study. While secondary school grades are also a useful indicator of how students will perform in college, there is great variation in grading standards and course rigor within and across schools. More than 80 years ago, the College Board – a not-for-profit membership association based in the U.S. with the mission of connecting students to college success and opportunity – created the first standardized college entrance test to help colleges and universities identify students who could succeed at their institutions. ETS now produces the SAT® for the College Board, and over two million students around the world take the test each year. For more information about the SAT®, visit http://www.collegeboard.com/
Project Management Professional
February 16 - 20
9:00am - 5:00pm
For the second year in a row, AMIDEAST offered its “American Summer Camp,” a unique opportunity for local 7-15 year olds to enjoy the summertime while interacting in a total immersion English environment. Campers enjoyed a fun-filled, English-learning experience with bi-weekly field trips to local attractions, daily arts and crafts activities, and visits to AMIDEAST’s fully-functional computer lab—all while learning about world cultures through the 2010 Camp’s theme, “World Cup 2010.”
“The camp offers a different approach,” said Isaac Reynolds, AMIDEAST English Language Instructor and Summer Camp Manager. “In schools, children sometimes get bored by the formal way of learning. Here we are focusing on ways to make children internalize the language. They discover that it can be fun to learn English, and we guarantee that they campers will learn new things every single day at the camp.”
The Cisco Entrepreneur Institute is a global initiative by Cisco® and supports entrepreneurs worldwide by working with local governments and business organizations to foster the creation and success of small- and medium-sized businesses. The Institute provides practical business insights for entrepreneurs, facilitates knowledge sharing with local business leaders, and shows participants how to take advantage of technology to speed business growth.
The Institute offers state-of-the-art training, networking, and business resources, and was created to help entrepreneurs improve their skills and enhance business development opportunities. It also provides a forum for owners of small and medium-sized businesses to collaborate and share business expertise.
Shell Development – Oman recently gave AMIDEAST/Oman a grant to strengthen women’s leadership skills, with a particular focus on volunteerism. The training program, which will be implemented in five regions throughout Oman, builds on the directives of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, Sultan of Oman, who has urged that development projects be linked with local communities and that they enhance the role of women.
With Shell’s Corporate Social Responsibility funding, AMIDEAST will conduct a series of five-day training programs for 150 women throughout the Sultanate. The “Leadership Essentials” workshop is uniquely designed to help leaders-to-be to prepare for the challenges and responsibilities of leadership. Through role-playing, self assessment, and other leadership training scenarios, participants will explore leadership roles as strategist, change agent, coach, manager, communicator, and team member. The training aims to enable the women to realize their potential and inspire others as they work together on common goals, identifying ways that they can address community needs and give back to society.
AMIDEAST is working closely with Shell and with the Ministry of Social Development in planning the program, which will be launched in October in tandem with the first annual Omani Women’s Day (October 17). Using networks of Omani Women’s Associations, Chambers of Commerce and regional government offices, AMIDEAST is now accepting applications for the program in each of the five locations where the program will be offered: Muscat, Nizwa, Salalah, Sohar and Sur.
Last year, Kalimat al Mashari enrolled in a unique job-training program at AMIDEAST/Oman designed to enhance the work skills and self-confidence of Omani women like her — high school graduates from underserved backgrounds who are unemployed.
For Kalimat, the training was what she needed to take the challenging step of starting her own business. And this summer, she returned to AMIDEAST to take a follow-up course in entrepreneurship — a program that she credits with giving her “the courage and self-esteem I need to run my business successfully.”
Nearly 60 women have benefited from AMIDEAST’s partnership with the Embassy of the Netherlands to reach out to underserved women in Oman to empower them through a combination of basic job-skills training, career guidance, and — this summer — leadership and entrepreneurship components.
That the initiative is meeting a need was clear soon after the first program was announced in fall 2008. Some 180 women applied, requiring a careful selection process to fill the small number of available seats — a class of 30 women, who ranged in age from 19 to 36 and came from the regions of Al Dakhliya, Al Batinah, Al Dahira and Muscat. Moreover, class attendance was 100 percent throughout the 320 hours covering intensive English language and IT skills training, workplace etiquette, project work, field trips, cv-writing workshops, mock interviews, a career fair, and guest speakers and interaction with professionals in a variety of sectors.
Fulbright Foreign Student Program was established by the US Congress in 1946. It was founded to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchange. AMIDEAST administers the Fulbright Foreign Student Program for the Middle East and North Africa on behalf of the US Department of States Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. This highly prestigious scholarship program is a two-year fellowship, designed to give graduates of four-year Bachelors degree or Masters degree programs the opportunity to pursue a graduate degree at a US university.
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