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Secretary of state Hillary Clinton in an Amideast event

AMIDEAST (America-Mideast Educational and Training Services) is a U.S. non-profit organization that works to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between Americans and the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa, and to offer opportunities for Learning and training, established in 1951, based in Washington D. C., headed by CEO Theodore H. Kattouf, in 2016 Amideast provided English language and professional training to 58,000 students, gave lectures on education in USA to 87,000 attendants, administered 200,000 tests, and offered scholarships to 1,700 applicants[1], as of 2018 Amideast provides its services to 500,000 people.[2]



AMIDEAST provides English language and professional skills training, educational advising, and testing services to hundreds of thousands of students and professionals in the Middle East and North Africa; supports numerous institutional development projects in the region; and administers educational exchange programs.

AMIDEAST is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and maintains a network of field offices in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank/Gaza, and Yemen as well as conducting activities in other countries in the Middle East and North Africa.[3]


AMIDEAST was founded in 1951 as American Friends of the Middle East, and over the years has expanded its offerings to include English-language instruction, professional development courses for companies whose employees work in the Middle East, test administration, U.S. study advising, institutional development projects, and study-abroad and exchange programs for both Americans and Middle Easterners.[citation needed]

As the American Friends of the Middle East, the organization sponsored the exchange of scholars, artists, and lecturers between the Middle East and the United States.[4]

Study abroad for AmericansEdit

Since 2007, AMIDEAST's Education Abroad department provides semester, academic year, and summer study abroad opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa for college students.[5] Two decades prior to and continuously since the creation of its regular programs, AMIDEAST field offices have assisted U.S. colleges and universities and other study abroad organizations with their programs in the region.[6] Currently, AMIDEAST Education Abroad runs 17 programs in 5 different Arab countries. [7]


  1. ^ "LinkedIn".
  2. ^ "Amideast/our work".
  3. ^ AMIDEAST:Who We Are
  4. ^ American institutions and organizations interested in Asia, Conference on Asian Affairs, Inc, Ward Morehouse, 1957, p. 28.
  5. ^ Education Abroad: About Us[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ AMIDEAST:Customized Programs[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ AMIDEAST: Education Abroad[permanent dead link]

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