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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
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
Helwan University

Mr. Raymond R. Miller  
Founding Partner - rmc

Ms. Katie Donohoe
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 (Project Officer)
Egyptian Program: Ms. Dina Gaafar (Coordinator), Ms. Reem El Hassan (Project Specialist), Ms. Iman Jamal (Program Assistant)
Community College Initiative: Ms. Sherry Safwat
Finance: Mr. Ashraf Ismail (Manager), Mr. Mohamed Abdel Rassoul (Special Project Coordinator)
Administration: Mr. Abd Elmegid taha (Manager), Ms. Sara Ragai, Ms. Nermin Fikry , Mr. Youssry Mahdy, Mr. Hisham Farid.

Office Hours

Sunday-Thursday, 08:30-16:30

Public Holidays in 2017

Sunday, January 1

New Year's Day



Saturday, January 7

Coptic Christmas


Observed on Sunday, January 8

Wednesday, January 25

Revolution/Police Day



Monday, February 20

President's Day


 Observed Thursday, Feb 23rd 

Sunday, April 9

Palm Sunday



Sunday, April 16

Easter Sunday



Monday, April 17

Sham El Nessim



Tuesday, April 25

Sinai Liberation Day



Monday, May 1

Labor Day



Monday, May 29

Memorial Day



Monday, June 26*

Eid El Fitr



Tuesday, June 27*

Eid El Fitr



Wednesday, June 28*

Eid El Fitr



Friday, June 30

Liberation Day


Observed on Sunday, July 2

Tuesday, July 4

Independence Day



Sunday, July 23

Revolution Day



Friday, September 1*

Eid El Adha


Observed on Tuesday, September 5

Saturday, September 2*

Eid El Adha


Observed on Wednesday, September 6

Sunday, September 3*

Eid El Adha



Monday, September 4*

Eid El Adha



Thursday, September 21*

Islamic New Year



Friday, October 6

Armed Forces Day


Observed on Sunday, October 8

Monday, October 9

Columbus Day



Thursday, November 23

Thanksgiving Day



Friday, December 1*

Prophet's Birthday


Observed on Sunday, December 3

Monday, December 25

Chistmas Day




*Blue = American Holidays

*Green = Egyptian Holidays

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




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