Annual Highlights


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


AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs Resume in Egypt, Tunisia

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American students will be able to explore Cairo's many historical and religious sites, such as the Sultan Hassan mosque.

After a hiatus of several years, AMIDEAST Education Abroad is excited to return to Egypt and Tunisia. Starting this summer in Tunisia and next fall in Cairo, it will offer its popular summer and semester programs for Americans seeking to improve their Arabic language skills and understanding of the Arab world. 

Like most full-service third-party study-abroad providers operating in Egypt and Tunisia during the turmoil of 2011, AMIDEAST had little choice but to close its programs in these countries although they were in demand and great sources of pride for this organization. Unlike most providers, though, AMIDEAST, as a multi-faceted organization, continued to thrive in the years since then. One result is that our new AMIDEAST Education Abroad initiatives have the benefit of reopening with excellent strength and support on the ground.

Welcoming the DKSSF Class of 2018!

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We're excited to welcome 18 new scholars this year into the Diana Kamal Scholarship Search Fund (DKSSF) program. The 10 men and eight women from Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, and Yemen are beginning their undergraduate studies on scholarships earned with the support of the DKSSF from Dartmouth, Smith, and Swarthmore Colleges; Columbia, Drexel, Harvard, Jacksonville, Princeton, and Wesleyan Universities; the Universities of Pennsylvania and Rochester; Hult International Business School; Sewanee: The University of the South; and NYU Abu Dhabi and Yale-National University of Singapore (NUS).


Alaa Adel Abdelhamid is driven by his passion for the sciences. During his senior year at the STEM High School for Boys, he created a YouTube channel about science, which he manages and writes scripts for, and cofounded the physics group at his school. He is also an avid blogger about science and participated in multiple science fairs and competitions, including the Intel ISEF Science Fair and Ibn al-Haytham National Science Fair.

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.


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