AMIDEAST is a leading American non-profit organization engaged in international education, training and development activities in the Middle East and North Africa.
Founded in 1951, AMIDEAST in its early years focused on promoting U.S. study to students in the MENA region and managing U.S. scholarships and exchanges such as the flagship Fulbright Foreign Student Program. While these important programs continue apace, our work has expanded significantly.
Today AMIDEAST programs and services touch the lives of half a million individuals a year – improving educational opportunities and quality, strengthening local institutions, and developing language and professional skills critical for success in the global economy.
Institutional Development and Capacity Building
Societies require effective public and private institutions in order to meet the social, economic and civic needs of their people. Programs focused on building the capacity of institutions to effectively implement their missions and respond to local demand for quality services are at the heart of successful development.
We are working with local, regional, and international partners to assist efforts to strengthen and build institutional capacity across the Middle East and North Africa region. These efforts are concentrated in four vital areas: education, legal and judicial reform, public administration, and civil society.
-Improving the Education Sector. Education provides the critical foundation for a better future. With this in mind, AMIDEAST has engaged with public and private partners in the Middle East and North Africa to advance a wide range of projects targeting improvement of education at all levels.
-Legal and Judicial Reform. Working with local judicial and legal authorities, AMIDEAST is supporting efforts to reform and modernize the judiciaries in Egypt and Lebanon.
-Strengthening Civil Society. Training, technical assistance, and grants are helping to build the capacity of citizens to engage in their local communities.
-Advancing Good Governance. Public sector efficiency, transparency, and accountability is lacking in many countries in the region. Programs designed to train public administrators are making a difference.
English Language and Workforce Skills
Through English language training and professional skills development, AMIDEAST is helping to develop global communication and workforce skills necessary to support successful regional economies.
We work with men and women of all ages who are eager to expand their opportunities. We also partner with businesses and public agencies to train workers in specialized English and provide basic business skills to youth and others seeking to transition into the job market.
Academic and Cultural Exchange
For over 50 years, AMIDEAST has been a leader in the area of fellowship and scholarship management. We have supported thousands of individuals from the Middle East and North Africa who have come to this country on scholarship and exchange programs to study for long and short periods of time.
These cross-cultural programs remain unparalleled as a means for improving and advancing understanding and dispelling stereotypes and misinformation.
Through our 23 offices in 13 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, AMIDEAST provides a number of additional services to American and local educational institutions, individuals, and public and private organizations.
Education Abroad for Americans
AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs in the Arab World offers semester, academic year and summer programs designed for undergraduate students who want to
-Accelerate their acquisition of Arabic language proficiency
-Deepen their understanding of the peoples and cultures of the Middle East and North Africa
-Expand their intercultural and global competence
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