U.S. AND EGYPT CELEBRATE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF FULBRIGHT PROGRAM

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U.S. AND EGYPT CELEBRATE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF FULBRIGHT PROGRAM (May 21, 2017)
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U.S. AND EGYPT CELEBRATE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF FULBRIGHT PROGRAM (May 21, 2017)

Cairo – Maintaining and expanding educational exchanges between Egypt and the United States was the key topic of discussion at a May 21 gala reception and media event hosted and organized by the Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt (BFCE) to mark the 70th anniversary of the prestigious Fulbright scholarship program.

The U.S. Department of State-funded program began worldwide in 1947 under the leadership and initiative of the late Senator William Fulbright, who envisioned the Fulbright program would “bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion to world affairs.” Since 1949, the BFCE has been the busiest Fulbright Commission in the region, awarding study, travel, research and teaching grants to over 6,000 Egyptians and 1,000 Americans.

U.S. Ambassador Stephen Beecroft and Minister of Higher Education Dr. Khaled Abdul Ghaffar spoke at the event, met with reporters, and congratulated the BFCE staff and its Board of Directors on the 70th anniversary. Ambassador Beecroft noted: “Education is one of Egypt’s highest national priorities, as it is for the United States, and Fulbright is at the very center of the U.S.-Egypt educational relationship. Egyptian Fulbright alumni include ministers, scientists, economists, doctors, lawyers, professionals, writers, artists, and experts from virtually every field.”

The Ambassador and the Minister noted that the two countries would continue to partner with one another, both through the Fulbright Commission and outside it, to expand educational dialogue, scholarly research, and mutual understanding.

The anniversary event concluded with Minister Abdul Ghaffar and BFCE Executive Director Dr. Maggie Nassif participating in a symbolic tree-planting ceremony in the garden of the Commission.

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