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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

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

Dr. Essam Khamis Ibrahim
Director
City of Scientific Research & Technological Applications

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

Dr. Yasser Sakr
President
Helwan University

Mr. Raymond R. Miller  
Partner
rmc   raafat.miller.consulting

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

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

The Staff

Executive Director: Dr. Maggie N. Nassif
Alumni Affairs and Special Projects: Ms. Safaa Abbadi (Manager)
American Program: Ms. Amira Ibrahim, Ms. Ranya Rashed (Manager)
Egyptian Program: Ms. Deena Omar , Ms. Dina Gaafar, Ms. Nevine Gad El Mawla (Manager), Ms. Reem El Hassan
Community College Initiative: Ms. Iman Hegazy
Finance: Mr. Ashraf Ismail (Manager), Mr. Mohamed Abdel Rassoul
Administration & IT: Mr. Youssry Mahdy, Mr. Hisham Farid


Office Hours

Sunday-Thursday, 08:30-16:30

Public Holidays in 2015

Thursday 1-Jan

New Year’s Day

Saturday 3-Jan *

Moulid El Nabi

Islamic

Observed Sunday 4-Jan

Wednesday 7-Jan

Christmas Day

Coptic

Sunday 25-Jan

Revolution/Police Day

EG

Sunday 15-Feb

President's Day

US

Sun 5-Apr

Palm Sunday

Coptic

Sun 12-Apr

Easter Sunday

Coptic

Monday 13-Apr

Sham El Nessim

EG

Saturday 25-Apr

Sinai Liberation Day

EG

Observed Sunday 26-Apr

Friday 1-May

Labor Day

EG

Observed Thursday 30-Apr

Sunday 24-May

Memorial Day

US

Saturday 4-Jul

Independence Day

US

Observed Sunday 5-Jul

Friday 17-Jul *

Eid El Fitr

Islamic

Observed Monday 20-Jul

Saturday 18-Jul *

Eid El Fitr

Islamic

Observed Tuesday 21-Jul

Sunday 19-Jul  *

Eid El Fitr

Islamic

Thursday 23-Jul

National Day

EG

Sunday 6-Sept

Labor Day

US

Tuesday 22-Sept  *

Eid El Adha

Islamic

Wednesday 23-Sept *

Eid El Adha

Islamic

Thursday 24-Sept *

Eid El Adha

Islamic

Friday 25-Sept *

Eid El Adha

Islamic

Observed Sunday 27-Sept

Tuesday 6-Oct

Armed Forces Day

EG

Wednesday 14-Oct

New Years Day

Islamic

Thursday 26-Nov

Thanksgiving Day

US

Thursday 24-Dec

Christmas Day

Western

 
*Blue = American Holidays
*Green = Egyptian Holidays
* Islamic holidays are based on a lunar calendar and may vary.

 

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