PRIME MINISTER OF EGYPT DR. MUSTAFA MADBOULY RECEIVES FULBRIGHT COMMISSION’S DELEGATION ON ITS 70TH ANNIVERSARY

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On February 4th, 2019 Prime Minister of Egypt Dr. Mustafa Madbouly met with a Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt (BFCE) delegation which included Board members and BFCE alumni. The group was led by Honorary Board Co-chairs Minister of Higher Education Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar and Charger D’affaires Mr. Tom Goldberger. Dr. Abdel Ghaffar  gave a report on the Fulbright grants which have doubled in number since 2014 with the addition of new programs such as the HEI, JFDP, CCAP and most recently the ULP. Mr. Goldberger spoke of the U.S. cooperation and support for education in Egypt which include the Fulbright program and several other funding opportunities such as the HEI which brought $250 million dollars to Egypt over 5 years in the form of many projects. The most recent project will be the announcement of the Centers of Excellence at Egyptian public universities. Dr. Maggie Nassif, Fulbright- Egypt Executive Director spoke about the role of Fulbright in supporting Egypt’s research agenda and national projects.

The Prime Minister expressed his appreciation of the cooperation between Egypt and the Fulbright Program in the field of education and graduate studies. Dr. Madbouly congratulated the Fulbright Program on its 70th anniversary and emphasized the importance of these grants in building capacity and enhancing human capital which is needed for the development of the many talented young people in Egypt. He indicated that the Egyptian government looks forward to increasing Fulbright’s educational activities in Egypt since education is a priority on the Egyptian government’s agenda for sustainable development- Egypt 2030. The Prime Minister spoke of the ambitious plans to train cadres of young leaders and equip them with the skills and knowledge they need to keep abreast of cutting edge innovation in the world which will enable them to lead the way to modernize and develop the future of Egypt.

The Fulbright delegation included the following members of the Fulbright Board of Directors listed in alphabetical order: Dr. Amr Adly (Chair), Deputy Minister of Higher Education; Ms. Katie Donohoe, Director of Education and Health at the USAID; Ms. Helen Lafave (Treasurer), Minister- Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy Cairo; Dr. Mohamed Lotayef, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Universities; Mr. Raymond R. Miller, Founding Partner at rmc Consulting and Dr. Camelia Sobhy, Head of Cultural Relations, Missions and University Affairs Section at the Ministry of Higher Education. The Board was accompanied by the following Fulbright Alumni in alphabetical order: Dr. Ehab Abouaish, Deputy Minister of the Treasury; Dr. Mervat Eldeib, Coordinator of Egypt’s Presidential Scientists’ Council and Professor at Benha University; Dr. Galal Elsaeid, Former Minister of Transportation, Former Governor of Cairo and Former President of Fayoum University; Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim Acting President of Matrouh University and Former VP of Alexandria University; Dr. Mohamed Omran, Executive Chair of the Financial Regulatory Authority (FRA) and Former Chair of the Egyptian Stock Exchange.

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