Ambassador Richard Celebrates AMIDEAST Lebanon’s 50th Anniversary

On November 28, Ambassador Richard hosted a gathering at her residence to celebrate the 50th anniversary of AMIDEAST’s work in Lebanon.  AMIDEAST is an American non-profit organization engaged in international education, training, and development activities in the Middle East and North Africa.  The Department of State, through U.S. Embassy Beirut, has funded AMIDEAST Lebanon’s student advising services and several education programs for Lebanese students since 1973.

Through this partnership, the U.S. Embassy and AMIDEAST have graduated thousands of students from all regions of Lebanon in the Access English Microscholarship, Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange (YES), Competitive College Club (CCC), Fulbright, MEPI Tomorrow’s Leaders, and Opportunity Fund programs.  The U.S. Embassy and AMIDEAST have also supported thousands of others through the EducationUSA advising center, which has helped Lebanese students obtain scholarships and financial aid worth over $ 20 million dollars since 2001.

Throughout the years, the U.S. Embassy and USAID have also partnered with AMIDEAST to address several key development issues in Lebanon, including support for the public school system, promoting good governance, capacity building for thousands of individuals, and judicial reform.

Ambassador Richard highlighted that in the past year the number of Lebanese students studying in the United States increased by 4.9%.  She emphasized the importance of supporting educational initiatives in Lebanon and the Embassy’s commitment to continuing to support educational programs.