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About the Commission

The Fulbright Legacy

J. William Fulbright was born in Missouri in 1905. He was educated at the University of Arkansas and at Oxford University, where, as a Rhodes Scholar, he earned an M.A. degree.

Fulbright was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1944 and served there from 1945 through 1974. In 1949 he became a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and from 1959 to 1974 he was its chairman, the longest serving chairman of that committee in history. Fulbright became one of the most influential and best-known members of the Senate. In 1963 Walter Lippman said, "The role he plays in Washington is indispensable. There is no one else who is so powerful and also so wise?" Today he is best remembered for the legislation establishing the Fulbright Program, which passed without debate in 1946. The first participants traveled in 1948. Since then more than 310,000 "Fulbrighters" have participated in the program.

"Of all of the joint ventures in which we might engage, Fulbright later said of the program,"the most productive is educational exchange Educational exchange can turn nations into people, contributing as no other form of communication can, to the humanizing of international relations."

   

The Mandate

The Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt was established in 1949, and is the oldest and largest Fulbright program in the Arab world. Since 1949 nearly 5,000 scholars have been American Fulbrighters in Egypt or Egyptian Fulbrighters in the United States. Now in its sixth decade of operation, the Commission pursues an unchanged mandate: to cultivate mutual understanding by nourishing mutual educational exchange. And to do it one Fulbrighter at a time, so that every Fulbrighter is better prepared to pursue what Senator J. William Fulbright called the "essence of intercultural education: empathy, the ability to see the world as others see it, and to allow for the possibility that others may see something we have failed to see…."

The Board of Members

Dr. Ashraf Mahmoud Hatem
Secretary-General
Supreme Council of Universities

Mr. Adnan Siddiqi
Counselor for Public Affairs
U.S. Embassy - Cairo

Dr. Hossam ElMalahey
Head, Cultural Affairs and Missions Sector
Ministry of Higher Education

Dr. Essam Khamis Ibrahim
Deputy Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research
Professor of Corrosion & Protection of Metals

Dr. Yasser Sakr
President
Helwan University

Mr. Raymond R. Miller  
Founding Partner
Raafat.miller.consulting - rmc

Ms. Katie Donohoe
Director
Office of Education and Training
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Egypt

The Staff

Executive Director: Dr. Maggie N. Nassif
American Program: Ms. Ranya Rashed (Manager), Ms. Amira Ibrahim (Policies and Procedures Coordinator), Mr. Asser Hany
Egyptian Program: Ms. Dina Gaafar (Coordinator), Ms. Reem El Hassan, Iman Jamal
Community College Initiative: Ms. Sherry Safwat
Alumni Affairs: Ms. Safaa Abbadi (Manager)
Finance: Mr. Ashraf Ismail (Manager), Mr. Mohamed Abdel Rassoul (Special Project Coordinator)
Administration: Mr. Abd Elmegid taha (Manager), Ms. Sara Ragai, Ms. Nehal El Samahy, Mr. Youssry Mahdy, Mr. Hisham Farid.


Office Hours

Sunday-Thursday, 08:30-16:30

Public Holidays in 2016

Friday 1-Jan

New Year’s Day

Observed Sunday 3-Jan

Thursday 7-Jan

Christmas Day

Coptic

Monday 25-Jan

Revolution/Police Day

EG

Monday 15-Feb

President's Day

US

Sun 20-Mar

Palm Sunday

Coptic

Sun 27-Mar

Easter Sunday

Coptic

Monday 2-May

Sham El Nessim

EG

Monday 25-Apr

Sinai Liberation Day

EG

Friday 1-May

Labor Day

EG

Observed Thursday 30-Apr

Monday 30-May

Memorial Day

US

Monday 4-Jul

Independence Day

US

Observed Sunday 5-Jul

Wednesday 6-Jul *

Eid El Fitr

Islamic

Observed Monday 20-Jul

Thursday 7-Jul *

Eid El Fitr

Islamic

Observed Tuesday 21-Jul

Friday 8-Jul  *

Eid El Fitr

Islamic

Observed Sunday 10-Jul

Saturday  23-Jul

National Day

EG

Observed Sunday 24-Jul

Monday 5-Sept

Labor Day

US

Saturday 10-Sept  *

Eid El Adha

Islamic

Sunday 11-Sept *

Eid El Adha

Islamic

Monday 12-Sept *

Eid El Adha

Islamic

Tuesday 13-Sept *

Eid El Adha

Islamic

Thursday 6-Oct

Armed Forces Day

EG

Sunday 1-Oct *

Islamic New Year

Islamic

Thursday 24-Nov

Thanksgiving Day

US

 

Saturday 24-Dec

Christmas Day

Western

Observed Sunday 25-Dec

 

*Blue = American Holidays

*Green = Egyptian Holidays

* Islamic holidays are based on a lunar calendar and may vary.

 

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