• Chris Shinn, MoroccoAfter 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. Dr. Shinn joined AMIDEAST in 2003 as a program... more
  • International exchange programs got a huge boost of support this week as 163 former U.S. ambassadors sent a letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committees urging them to support full funding in fiscal year 2018 for the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).The letter’s signatories include AMIDEAST President and CEO... more
  • On October 14, 2017, AMIDEAST will join with the AMIDEAST/Lebanon Advisory Board to inaugurate its first annual Award Gala. We look forward to welcoming 700 guests to the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, as we honor the first AMIDEAST Education Hero Award recipient, a well-regarded individual whose contributions have advanced educational opportunities in Lebanon. The gala will... more
  • 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... more
  • As a member of the Alliance for International Exchange, AMIDEAST would like to share the Alliance’s statement regarding the executive order issued by President Trump, suspending visas to people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen: Immigration Executive Order Entangles Exchange ProgramsWashington, DC – On January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order... more
  • Hashem, who grew up in Arroub Refugee Camp in Palestine, received a scholarship through the Hope Fund to attend Earlham College, where he will complete his bachelor’s degree in peace and global studies with a minor in economics in May 2017. At Earlham, he has clearly impressed his teachers and fellow students. “Hashem is like so many of Earlham's students, who are very bright, very active, and... more
  • Dr. Dajani came to the United States on the Fulbright Program to pursue graduate studies in molecular biology at the University of Iowa, where she received her Ph.D. Currently an assistant professor and former director of the Center of Studies at the Hashemite University in Jordan, she has been recognized for her research focused on genome-wide association studies concerning diabetes and cancer... more
  • Farea spent a year of high school in California on the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program—a year that he calls “one of the richest and best” of his life―and the completed his undergraduate studies at the American University of Beirut on a scholarship through the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI)’s Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship Program. But the true turning point in his... more
  • The Yemen Emergency Student Support Fund was established by AMIDEAST to help Yemeni students in the United States whose financial status has been directly impacted by the current crisis in Yemen.  We were pleased to be able to make these contributions to assist Yemeni students complete their studies in the United States. — September 2015 more
  •  AbdulKarem’s death is one more tragedy for Yemen — the untimely death of a young person deeply committed to using his knowledge and skills to benefit his country. Abdulkarem had returned to Yemen after completing his master’s degree in Nursing Administration at Kent State University in 2009. Eager to help build his country’s medical infrastructure, he and another Fulbright alumnus, Ebrahim... more