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Our 2017 annual report — Making Dreams Possible — highlights the achievements of youth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region wh

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English Language Teachers: Achieve Optimal Success with the TOEFL® Test

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AMIDEAST-Saudi Arabia Country Director Donald Schmidt (left), shakes hands with Tatweer (شركة تطوير للخدمات التعليمية) CEO, Dr. Mohammed AlZaghibi (right), while Minister of Education, H.E. Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Issa looks on.

Princeton, N.J. (April 30, 2018) — The TOEFL® iBT test is the best, most accurate way for English language teachers to show their English proficiency. The test is also more convenient and less expensive than some options, and with free, online, comprehensive test prep, preparing to take the test is easy. Visit https://ien.edu.sa to purchase a test voucher today.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Education announced this week that the TOEFL iBT test is one of the approved assessments that English teachers can take to show their English language skills. The effort, which will include both assessment and training initiatives, is part of the government’s 2030 vision, which includes a number of programs and initiatives aimed at developing KSA into an exemplary and leading nation.


AMIDEAST and GDET Sign Long-Term Memorandum of Understanding

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GDET President and Managing Director Dr. Abdullah I. Almojel (left) and AMIDEAST President and CEO Theodore H. Kattouf (right) sign the memorandum.

MOU will strengthen cooperation in provision of education and training services.

Washington, DC, September 30, 2015—AMIDEAST, a leading provider of educational and training services in the Middle East, and Global Dimension for Education and Training (GDET), a member of the Almojel Group of  Companies, have concluded a long-term Memorandum of Understanding to jointly provide comprehensive services in the fields of scholarship management and administration, academic preparation, training, testing, and professional and workforce development capacity building services to public and private sector clients throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The memorandum will strengthen cooperation between the two countries and mutual investments in the private sector. It was signed on September 4 during the U.S. Investment Forum, which was held in Washington, DC, in conjunction with the visit of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, to the United States. The forum was hosted by the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority, the Council of Saudi Chambers, and the U.S.-Saudi Business Council.


AMIDEAST Appoints New Country Director in Saudi Arabia

Washington, DC, January 15, 2015—AMIDEAST is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Donald Schmidt as its new country director for Saudi Arabia.  Mr. Schmidt will be based in Riyadh, where he will oversee a portfolio of programs and services in the areas of English language training, test preparation, standardized testing, management training, and scholarship management.  


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.


Assessing the Region’s Educational Outlook

In a Nov. 16, 2012, speech, AMIDEAST President and CEO Theodore H. Kattouf underscored the vital role of education in ensuring a successful outcome of the revolutions in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa. Addressing the joint annual benefit of the National Arab American Medical Association (NAAMA) and Egyptians Abroad in Development (EAD) in Chicago, he said, “A bright future for the region is one in which its many young men and women are able to improve their life circumstances and realize their dreams of political and social inclusion.

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A Call For Tolerance

AMIDEAST strongly condemns the offensive film that has inflamed passions across the Middle East and abhors, as do the vast majority of Americans, the hateful intentions behind it. Such actions must not be allowed to undermine the bonds of friendship that exist between Americans and the peoples of the Middle East. AMIDEAST likewise strongly condemns the senseless violence that caused the deaths this week of four American diplomats in Libya, who were there to assist the Libyan people rebuild their country. Peaceful demonstrations are a right, but there is no justification for violence.

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U.S.-Islamic World Forum Considers Challenges Facing Arab Higher Education

As part of the U.S.-Islamic World Forum, which met in Washington, DC, in mid April, Safwan Masri, Director of Columbia University’s Middle East Center in Amman, and Katherine Wilkens, AMIDEAST Vice President for Communications, co-chaired a Working Group on Higher Education in the Arab World. The group brought together a distinguished group of educators, specialists, and public sector officials from the United States and the Middle East to review the current state of higher education in the region and consider the key challenges facing reform today.

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New Country Director for Saudi Arabia

AMIDEAST is pleased to welcome Charles “Chuck” Griffin as its new Country Director for Saudi Arabia. He joined AMIDEAST in early July and will oversee the start-up of AMIDEAST’s operations in the kingdom, which will entail establishing a full-service office in Riyadh that offers English language, test preparation, standardized testing, management training, and scholarship management programs and services. 

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