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  • Future of Business schools in Egypt
  • Community College Administration Program in the U.S.
  • The Binational Commission in Egypt Hosts the Second Regional Fulbright Student Alumni Conference
  • BFCE hosts an American Nursing expert at a one day workshop
  • The Binational Commission in Egypt Hosts the First Regional Fulbright Student Alumni Conference
  • Community College and Technical Education Seminar
  • The Commission’s 2nd Annual Alumni Conference at Ain Shams University
  • BFCE visit to Minia University
  • Commission Hosts a Seminar on“Solutions of the Challenges that Face Higher Education Globally with Focus on Egypt"



  • Future of Business schools in Egypt, 4/22/2017
    BFCE Executive Director, Dr. Maggie Nassif, addressed an audience of business and academic leaders at a conference held on April 22nd, 2017, on the “Future of Business schools in Egypt.” Dr. Nassif spoke on the role of Fulbright on preparing human capital in Egypt for the global workforce. The conference which was attended and hosted under the auspices of The Minister of Higher Education and the Head of the Supreme Council of Egyptian universities was chaired by Dr. Ehab Abou Aish, Dean of the Cairo University Business School and BFCE alumnus.

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    Community College Administration Program in the U.S., 4/10/2017

    A delegation of senior-level Egyptian higher education officials- funded by the Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt, as well as administrators from post-secondary technical institutions, met with legislative leaders and senior policy-makers of the Florida Community College System this week for an Executive Dialogue that provided a comprehensive understanding of the development, organization and administration of a U.S. community college system integrally linked to secondary education, higher education and the workforce training needs of business and industry. The Commission has run a Community College Initiative for the last 10 years that sent over 800 students who are graduates of two year technical and vocational institutions to study for a year at community colleges in the US.
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    The Binational Commission in Egypt Hosts the Second Regional Fulbright Student Alumni Conference, 2/23/2017
    Fulbright Student Alumni from ten countries in the MENA region convened for a three-day Conference on February 20-22, 2016, in Cairo. The conference, which was cosponsored by AMIDEAST, focused on best practices in the field of public health in the Arab world and served as a platform for Fulbright alumni to share their experience and network with leaders in the field of health in Egypt. The Commission hosted local experts such as Dr Maha El Rabat former Minister of Health as well as Dr Elaine Bond former Dean of Nursing at Brigham Young University . Established in 1949, the Commission in Egypt has over 6,000 Egyptian and American Fulbright alumni.

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    BFCE hosts an American Nursing expert at a one day workshop, 2/16/2017

    BFCE hosted a one day workshop at the Cairo University School of Nursing that featured Dr. Elaine Bond, Former Dean of Nursing at Brigham Young University, on admission exams for nursing institutions. Dr. Bond led a discussion with nursing Deans and senior administrators from Aswan, Assiut, Minia, Beni Seuif, Fayoum, Suez, Mansoura, Damanhour, Benha, Zagazig, Menoufia, Portsaid, Ainshams, Badr and Cairo universities on developing and validating psychometric tests. Dr. Bond also gave a lecture on competency based education and evidence based practice in developing countries. Dr. Bond’s visit to Cairo was made possible through a grant from the U.S. embassy in Egypt.
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    The Binational Commission in Egypt Hosts the First Regional Fulbright Student Alumni Conference, 12/5/2016
    As part of the current global and regional dialogue on natural resources, Fulbright Student Alumni from seven countries in the MENA region convened for a two-day Conference on December 5-6, 2016, in Cairo. The conference, which was cosponsored by AMIDEAST, served as a platform for Fulbright Alumni to contribute to the ongoing global and regional efforts to introduce innovative approaches and best practices in the field of natural resources preservation. Established in 1949, the Commission in Egypt has over 6,000 Egyptian and American Fulbright alumni.

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    Community College and Technical Education Seminar, 11/2/2016

    The Commission hosted four U.S. experts on community colleges and vocational education on Nov 2 and 3 during a two-day seminar, which was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Higher Education, the Ministry of Education and the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    The delegation included Dr. Ed Bonahue, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Santa Fe College, Gainesville, Florida; Dr. Loretta Costin, Dean of Occupational Education at Gulf Coast State College, Panama City, Florida; Dr. Vilma Fuentes, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Santa Fe College; and Dr. Jeffrey Ayala Milligan, Director of Florida State University’s Learning Systems Institute.

    The U.S. speakers discussed the different models of Community Colleges and their offerings, as well as aspects of vocational and technical education in the U.S. The opening session included remarks by Dr. Essam Khamis, Deputy Minister of Higher Education for Scientific Research and BFCE Board member and Ms. Katharine Bartels, Fulbright Program Branch Chief, NEA Region Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

    Dr. Ahmed El Geushey, Deputy Minister of Education for Technical & Vocational Education & Training (TVET) Egypt and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Dr. Gamal Nawara, Chair, Technological Education Board and Former Vice President, Zagazig University, presented on the status of technical and vocational education in Egypt. The event was attended by University Presidents, Vice Presidents, Deans and Department Heads from both higher education and K-12 institutions.

    The event was attended by Ms. Jamie Sharp, Senior Program Officer, Near East Programs, Office of Academic Exchange Programs at the U.S. Department of State and hosted under the auspices of Dr. Ashraf Hatem, BFCE Chair of the Board and Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Egyptian Universities and Mr. Adnan Siddiqi, BFCE Treasurer and PAO, U.S. Embassy in Cairo which provided financial support for the U.S. delegation and the hosting of the event.

    The Commission also organized site visits for 2 of the American guests to visit the two leading vocational schools in Cairo in Matariah and Amiriah and conduct a focus group with the department directors, on November 7th.

    The seminar and site visits will be very useful in the designing of the new CCAP (Community College Administrator Program) which will take place in March 2017 and will bring 4 high level ministry officials and 16 other participants to Florida to attend a tailored program on vocational training and discuss best practices in the field of technical education.

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    The Commission’s 2nd Annual Alumni Conference at Ain Shams University, 10/31/2016

    The Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt (BFCE) hosted its 2nd Annual Alumni Conference at Ain Shams University on Oct 31st, where alumni shared their work in the U.S. while on a Fulbright grant through short presentations.

    The event was attended by BFCE alumni and friends.

    The conference was hosted by Dr. Amr El Atraby, Dean of the Faculty of Commerce at Ain Shams University.

    The opening panel featured: Dr. Ashraf Hatem, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Egyptian Universities and BFCE’s Chairman of the Board; Dr. Ezzat Abdel Wahab, President of Ain Shams University; Ms. Katharine Bartels, Fulbright Program Branch Chief, NEA Region Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Ms. Katie Donohoe, Director, Office of Education and Training, USAID – Egypt and BFCE Board member; and Dr. Yasser Sakr, Helwan University and BFCE Board member.

    The keynote address was given by Dr. Hussein Eissa, Member of Parliament and Former President of Ain Shams University on the Economics of Education. The alumni presentation panels were moderated by members of BFCE’s alumni circles.

    The conference was followed by a reception hosted by His Excellency Ambassador R. Stephen Beecroft, Ambassador of the United States to Egypt, at the U.S. Embassy and organized by Minister-Counselor Mr. Adnan Siddiqi, Public Affairs Officer and BFCE Board member.

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    BFCE visit to Minia University, 4/6/2016
    On April 6th and 7th, 2016, the BFCE team visited the University of Minia and conducted two information sessions to announce Fulbright grant opportunities and to offer guidance on the application process for the Scholar and Student Programs, as well as student grant opportunities in the field of Islamic Studies. BFCE also hosted an alumni event, which was attended by Dr. Gamal Aboul Majd, the President; the university's Vice Presidents Dr. Sayed Sohayem and Dr. Mohamad Galal; two former University Presidents who are alumni of the Fulbright Commission's University Management Program, Dr. Maher Mostafa Kamel and Dr. Abdel Moneim Basiouny; three former VIce Presidents, Dr. Ahmed Zahran, Dr. Ahmed Mustafa and Dr. Ahmed Elsayed; the university's CIO, Dr. Essam Eldin Farahat; as well as nine deans and several prominent professors. Recent Fulbright alumni like Dr. Inas Fahmy, Fulbright Scholar Program 2007-08, and Dr. Eltayeb Adris, Fulbright Scholar Program 2012-13 shared their academic and cultural experiences in the U.S. The team held several strategic planning meetings with the university's leadership and visited the University of Minia Art Museum, one of the largest university museums in the world.
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    Commission Hosts a Seminar on“Solutions of the Challenges that Face Higher Education Globally with Focus on Egypt", 4/10/2016

     

    On February 21, the Alumni Office of the Commission in cooperation with the US Embassy hosted a seminar titled:  “Solutions of the Challenges that Face Higher Education Globally with Focus on Egypt.” The talk was given by Dr.  John Cavanaugh, President and CEO of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.  Dr. Cavanaugh's addressed in his talk the quality assurance and accreditation challenges in the U.S. and provided a big-picture overview of higher education in the U.S.   Approximately thirty alumni and contacts from academia attended that timely seminar.  The seminar was followed by a networking dinner where participants had a chance to further discuss Egypt challenges in that regard and how his views for solutions can be tailored  to enhancing education in Egypt. 

     

     

     

     


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