Annual Highlights


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


New Country Directors for Morocco and Tunisia

AMIDEAST is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Jennifer Smith as our country director for Tunisia and Dr. Chris Shinn as our country director for Morocco. Under their leadership, AMIDEAST will continue to support the efforts of both countries to expand training and educational opportunities, particularly among less advantaged groups and for youth and women.  

Chris Shinn, Morocco

After serving as AMIDEAST’s country director for Tunisia since August 2013, Chris Shinn became our country director for Morocco in May, bringing to this position his extensive experience in international education, including nearly a decade directing AMIDEAST programs in the West Bank and Gaza prior to his service in Tunisia. 

Empowering Youth and Educators in Tunisia

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Tunisian students take a training course as part of the Empowering Youth and Educators (EYE) program.

"The teaching profession is not only about delivering knowledge. It’s also about pushing young people to recognize and believe in their potential and help them shape their future,” says Tunisian university professor Hajer Hichri.

Professor Hichri should know. He is a trainer in Empowering Youth and Educators (EYE), an AMIDEAST program that is empowering young Tunisians by recognizing that educators play a critically important role in developing young lives, but need training to be effective.

Meet Our 2017 DKSSF Scholars

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Our incoming class of DKSSF scholars includes students from Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen.

Meet 18 bright young men and women who are beginning their undergraduate studies in the United States or at U.S.-style institutions elsewhere on scholarships received through the DKSSF program. The 11 women and seven men come from six countries — Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen, and, for the first time, Libya. The support of AMIDEAST’s educational advising staff that is offered all DKSSF students was critical to their successful applications.

Congratulating This Year's Graduating DKSSF Seniors

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We’re pleased to congratulate 15 seniors in the Diana Kamal Scholarship Search Fund (DKSSF) program who graduated in spring 2017. These impressive young women and men from Lebanon, Tunisia, and the West Bank excelled in their college studies and are exceptional in many other ways.

What Is the "Access" Program?

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"Educational," "exciting," "useful," and "fun" — four adjectives that stand out in a cloud of words that Lebanese youth chose to describe the English Access Microscholarship (Access) Program, a high-impact initiative that AMIDEAST administers in multiple locations on behalf of the U.S. Department of State — in several countries doing so since the program began in 2004.

Meet Our New DKSSF Students

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We’re pleased to introduce our 16 newest DKSSF scholars, now in the midst of their first year of undergraduate studies at colleges and universities across the United States, as well as at two overseas branches. Academic excellence is a prerequisite to joining the program, as DKSSF candidates must be able to stand out in the highly competitive college application process if they are to succeed in winning the scholarships they need in order to realize their college ambitions.

Success Stories Highlight International Women’s Day 2017

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March 8, 2017 — Today, AMIDEAST joins the global community in celebrating International Women’s Day, an annual event dedicated to promoting gender equality and inclusivity by highlighting notable achievements of women in various fields. AMIDEAST is committed to empowering women throughout the Middle East and North Africa by expanding educational and training opportunities that can lead to personal and career success. We are proud to say that our efforts are making a difference—in 2016, women comprised more than half of all students participating in our educational exchange and scholarship programs, and 350 women received employability skills training tailored to help women overcome gender barriers to employment. Take a look at any of our programs throughout the MENA region, and you will find talented women showcasing their intelligence, creativity, and determination. Here are just a few of our most notable stories from the past year: 

Amira studies law at Mansoura University thanks to a scholarship through the U.S.-Egypt Higher Education Initiative (HEI), a USAID-funded program that provides opportunities for undergraduate study at Egypt’s public universities. One of three blind students currently in the HEI program, Amira is challenging herself daily to increase her independence and confidence while pursuing her long-term goal of defending the rights of the poor and underserved members of society.

Celebrating 42 Years with a New Facility in Tunisia

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AMIDEAST's new office in the heart of Tunis

In December, AMIDEAST marked its 42nd anniversary in Tunisia with the formal opening of its new office in Tunis, a spacious, modern facility that will enable AMIDEAST to continue to expand its educational and training services to meet Tunisia’s growing needs.  An anniversary celebration, held December 11, inaugurated the new building with more than 200 friends, clients, partners, teachers, alumni, and Tunisian ministry colleagues attending.  Their Excellencies Tunisia’s Tunisia’s Minister of Finance Slim Chaker and Minister of Employment and Training Zied Laathari made remarks, as did U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia, Daniel Rubenstein.

Interior reception area

The new five-story building will serve as the headquarters for AMIDEAST’s operations in Tunisia and replaces two aging structures that housed the Tunis office for 18 years.  In addition to consolidating the administration and teaching faculty under one roof, it offers 25 percent more classroom space and is equipped with state-of-the-art technologies that will enhance the learning of students and expand the testing center.

ETS Global Partners with AMIDEAST in Egypt, Tunisia, & the UAE

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Mohammad Kousha, Managing Director of ETS Global BV (left), and Theodore H. Kattouf, AMIDEAST president and CEO, after signing the new agreement at AMIDEAST's headquarters in Washington, DC

Under a new agreement with ETS Global, AMIDEAST will continue to serve as the exclusive Country Master Distributor (CMD) in Egypt, Tunisia, and the UAE for ETS Global’s TOEFL® and TOEIC® families of tests, ensuring that students, businesses, and institutions continue to benefit from access to ETS Global's internationally recognized tests of English for both academic and professional purposes.

The new agreement builds on AMIDEAST’s successes in expanding access to ETS testing products since ETS Global selected the organization to be the Country Master Distributor for in the three countries in 2010.

The TOEFL family of tests includes the TOEFL ITP® Assessment Series, which provides higher education institutions with the tools to evaluate English-language proficiency from high beginning to advanced levels. The TOEFL ITP is used for academic placement or admissions purposes by approximately 2,500 higher education institutions worldwide.


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