5TH ANNUAL FULBRIGHT ALUMNI CONFERENCE AND EMBASSY RECEPTION
On October 28, 2019, the Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt (BFCE) hosted its 5th Annual Fulbright Alumni Conference at the Cairo Marriott Hotel which was followed by a Reception at the residence of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo’s Deputy Chief of Mission, Ms. Dorothy Shea. At the Conference, recently returned Fulbright program alumni gave presentations on the research they conducted and courses they took while in the United States, as well as engaged in discussions with fellow Fulbright alumni circle members on ways to collaborate. During Academic Year 2018-2019, BFCE awarded 117 grants for Egyptians to conduct research, pursue Master’s degrees, attend professional development programs or lecture in the U.S. Guests were welcomed by Fulbright Commission Executive Director, Dr. Maggie Nassif and the Fulbright team. Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Dr. Amr Adly and Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Ms. Helen Lafave, who serve on the Board of Directors of BFCE, gave an overview of the collaborative projects and initiatives that they are overseeing to address priorities in higher education in Egypt.
The evening reception hosted by Ms. Shea was attended by BFCE distinguished alumni, Commission staff and Board members: Dr. Amr Adly, Deputy Minister of Higher Education; Ms. Helen Lafave, Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy and Mr. Ray Miller, founding partner of Raafat Miller Consulting. Ms. Shea welcomed the guests and noted that this year marks the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Program in Egypt, which began in 1949. She stressed the importance of the Fulbright Program in promoting educational and cultural exchange between Egypt and the U.S. and building bridges of mutual understanding. In her remarks, BFCE Executive Director Dr. Maggie Nassif thanked Ms. Shea and Ms. Helen Lafave for their support of the Fulbright Program. She also expressed her gratitude for the continuous support the Commission receives form His Excellency the Minister of Higher Education, Dr. Khalid Abdul Ghaffar, BFCE’s Board Members and the Fulbright distinguished alumni community in Egypt. Dr. Nassif added that to-date over 7,000 Egyptian scholars, students and professionals as well as 1,000 American scholars and students participated in Fulbright exchange programs between Egypt and the U.S