Amideast began a partnership with the U.S. Department of State to provide educational advising services in the region. This new partnership would prove to be enduring, and today Amideast manages EducationUSA centers on behalf of the U.S. Department of State in Egypt (Cairo and Alexandria), Lebanon, Morocco (Casablanca and Rabat), Tunisia, the West Bank and Gaza, and Yemen.
Increasingly, governments, corporations, and educational institutions sought Amideast’s assistance in upgrading their employees’ skills. In 1971, we began administering a training program for SAUDIA, the national airline of Saudi Arabia. The seven-year project delivered specialized American-style training to 1,000 technicians, pilots, and managers. Elsewhere, we undertook a faculty training and development program for the Lebanese University, helping 200 professors earn U.S. doctoral degrees, and, with USAID funding, assisted the Moroccan government with a pilot project to integrate women into the workforce.
Amideast began to administer the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®), considered to be the key standardized test to measure the English language abilities of non-native speakers wishing to enroll in English-speaking universities. The TOEFL soon became the anchor of Amideast’s growing testing services division.
USAID awarded the West Bank/Gaza Human Resource Development Project (HRDP) to Amideast. Over the next 18 years, Amideast would help more than 4,775 Palestinians to make a difference in their communities by significantly expanding the qualifications of higher education faculty, making a considerable contribution to the quality of tertiary education.
Amideast was selected by USAID to administer the Peace Fellowship Program for Egypt, an initiative designed to strengthen and expand the pool of Egyptian professionals capable of contributing to the country’s economic development. During its eight years, the program enabled more than 2,000 Egyptians to gain development-related skills through graduate-level training in the United States.