Press Release

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.  

Palestinian Ministry of Education, AMIDEAST Launch Leadership and Teacher Development Program

Ramallah, West Bank, March 27, 2013 — The Palestinian Ministry of Education (MoE) and AMIDEAST launched the Leadership and Teacher Development (LTD) Program today during a ceremony at the National Institution for Educational Training (NIET). Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Joint Financing Partners (JFPs), the LTD Program will target 300 Palestinian schools in 16 districts in the West Bank.

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.

 

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