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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. Mohamed Hamza
First Undersecretary for Cultural Relations
Ministry of Higher Education

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

Dr. Ashraf Mahmoud Hatem
Supreme Council of Universities

Dr. Yasser Sakr
Helwan University

Mr. Thomas Thomason
Chief Executive Officer
Egyptian Refining Company

Ms. Patricia Kabra
Counselor for Press and Cultural Affairs
U.S. Embassy Cairo

Ms. Lisa Franchett
Head, Education Unit
U.S. Agency for International Development

Mr. Ian Campbell
Economic Counselor
U.S. Embassy

The Staff

Executive Director: Ms. Elizabeth B. Khalifa

Assistant to the Executive Director: Ms. Reem El Hassan

Administration: Elizabeth B. Khalifa (Manager), Mr. Ali Zein El Din, Ms. Eman R. Gerges, Ms. Nehad Nabil, Mr. Youssry Mahdy

Alumni Affairs and Special Projects: Ms. Safaa Abbadi (Manager)

American Program: Ms. Ranya Rashed (Manager), Ms. Amira Ibrahim, Ms. Eman Shaker

Community College Initiative: Ms. Dina Hassan

Egyptian Program: Ms. Nevine Gad El Mawla (Manager), Ms. Iman Hegazy, Ms. Dina Gaafar, Ms. Deena Omar

Finance: Mr. Ashraf Ismail (Manager), Mr. Mohamed Abdel Rassoul

Office Hours

Sunday-Thursday, 08:30-16:30

Public Holidays in 2014

Wed 1-Jan New Years Day    
Tue 7-Jan Christmas Day (Coptic)    
*Mon 13-Jan Moulid El Nabi (Islamic)    
Sat 25-Jan Revolution/Police Day   Observed Sun 26-Jan
Sun 16-Feb President's Day (US)  
Sun 13-Apr Palm Sunday (Coptic)  
Sun 20-Apr Easter Sunday (Coptic)
Mon 21-Apr Sham El Nassim (EG)
Fri 25-Apr Sinai Liberation Day  
Thu 1-May Labor Day (EG)
Sun 25-May Memorial Day (US)    
Fri 4-Jul Independence Day (US)   Observed Thu 3-Jul
Wed 23-Jul National Day (EG)    
*Thu 8-Aug Eid Al Fitr (Islamic)    
*Fri 9-Aug Eid Al Fitr (Islamic)    
*Sat 10-Aug Eid Al Fitr (Islamic)    
Mon 2-Sep Labor Day (US)    
*Fri 3-Oct Eid El Adha (Islamic)  
*Sat 4-Oct Eid El Adha (Islamic)  
Mon 6-Oct Armed Forces Day (EG)  
*Wed 8-Oct Eid El Adha (Islamic)
*Thu 9-Oct Eid El Adha (Islamic)
Sat 25-Oct New Years Day (Islamic)  
Thu 27-Nov Thanksgiving Day (US)
Thu 25-Dec Christmas Day
*Blue = American Holidays
*Green = Egyptian Holidays
* Islamic holidays are based on a lunar calendar and may vary.




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