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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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AMIDEAST to Address Skills Gap of Unemployed University Graduates in Tunisia

Unemployment among university graduates in Tunisia is a serious problem, and one that many believe contributed to the recent revolution there. The success of the government’s “free education for all” policy has enabled thousands of young Tunisians to receive university degrees over the past years. Unfortunately, however, many of them have graduated without acquiring key skills that employers are seeking. 

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AMIDEAST-Cisco Partnership Will Help Palestinian Entrepreneurs

AMIDEAST will soon launch a Cisco Entrepreneur Institute in Ramallah, making the successful entrepreneurship training program available to aspiring entrepreneurs in the West Bank. High turnout for a demo workshop, co-sponsored by Souktel, underscored the strong interest in acquiring these types of skills in Palestine.

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Meeting Growing Educational and Training Needs in Kuwait

Kuwait (February 16, 2011) — In order to accommodate growing demand for its educational and training services in Kuwait, AMIDEAST has moved its office from Salmiya to a new facility located in the central business district of Sharq. 

The move to new and larger office facilities will enable the American educational organization to expand its core activities including corporate and individual training, scholarship and exchange program administration, and testing.

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Prometric and AMIDEAST Partner to Open a Professional Test Center in Tunisia

Tunisia, January 4, 2011 — Prometric, the leading provider of testing and assessment services, today announced that it has teamed up with AMIDEAST to open a new Professional Testing Center in Tunisia that will offer academic and professional credentialing exams for the first time.

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Building Consensus on Higher Education Reform in the Arab World

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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. 

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AMIDEAST Expands in the UAE

Abu Dhabi, December 13, 2010 — In order to better serve a diverse mix of individuals and institutions in the UAE, AMIDEAST has expanded its offices in Abu Dhabi. An official opening ceremony and ribbon-cutting, held today on the new premises, was attended by Dr. Tayeb Kamali, Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology and Chairman of CERT, and Dr. William A. Rugh, former U.S.

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Building Consensus on Higher Education Reform in the Arab World

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.

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