Events

The Egyptian Cultural and Educational Bureau Honors the Young Egyptian Khaled Khalifa

Dr. Maha Kamel, director of the Egyptian Cultural and Educational Bureau honored the young Egyptian student Khalid Ahmed Al-Khalifa, aged 14, who met President Barack Obama in the middle of June for taking first place among 975 male students by a decision of top 15 businessmen and women in America at the level of three states, Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland. Khalid won first place at the level of the state of Virginia for viewing the modern concept of design feasibility for an economic project that he did. The ceremony was attended by DCM Yasser El Naggar and Counselor Hany Nagy. Khaled was awarded an iPad in appreciation to him for this achievement and all the attendants urged him to continue the excellence and scientific research in order to be an honorable example of Egypt. Dr. Maha Kamel also awarded him his certificate for successfully completing the exams which were held at the Cultural Office in the month of April. Another student who was honored for successfully completing the April exams was Kerolos Diaa Shukry.

 

Students and Teachers from the Naval Academy Visit the Egyptian Cultural and Educational Bureau 7/14/2011

A group of students and teachers from the Naval Academy visited the Cultural Office and Dr. Maha Kamel, director of the Cultural Office welcomed them then they heard a lecture which included interesting facts about Egyptian landmarks and cities and discussed a variety of issues with the students which mainly focused on Egypt after the revolution.

 

“Tech Women” Initiative to Improve Education in Egypt 7/8/2011

Dr. Maha Kamel, director of the Egyptian Cultural and Educational Bureau welcomed the Egyptian Women Engineers who visited the office as representatives of the “Tech Women” program which is an American initiative to improve women’s technological education in Egypt. The Engineers were participants of the program in Silicon Valley that is sponsored by the US State Department. The Egyptian engineers and a number of Middle Eastern women were honored by Hillary Clinton for their efforts in the “Tech Women” initiative.

 

The Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES) 6/30/2011

The Cultural Office hosted 50 Egyptian students who are participants of the Youth Exchange Program that is sponsored by the State Department. The YES is a cultural exchange program that was established in 2002 and it offers scholarships for students between the ages of 15-17 to come and spend an academic year throughout different states in the U.S. public school system. The students spent a year with host families in the U.S. which gave them a chance to culturally interact and assimilate in the American society. Dr. Maha Kamel, director of the Egyptian Cultural and Educational Bureau and Dr. Mohamed Saleh, cultural attaché welcomed the students and wished them a successful academic journey after their return to Egypt.

The Opening Ceremony of the“Egypt Forward” Forum 6/28/2011

Minister Maged Osman, Minister of Communications and Information Technology and Minister Hillary Clinton along with Minister Ray Lahoud, Minister of Transportation attended the opening ceremony for the “Egypt Forward” forum. Dr. Maha Kamel attended the forum along with a delegation from the Ministry of Communication in Egypt and American politicians and professors. The forum was organized by the Trade and Development Agency of America in cooperation with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Egypt and was attended by more than 60 Egyptian and American businessmen. The forum was intended to discuss opportunities for cooperation between Egypt and the United States in the areas of energy, information technology, transport, agriculture and the possibilities of American investment in these sectors in Egypt.

 

The Semi Annual Egyptian Students Association in North America (ESANA) Conference 6/17/2011- 6/21/2011

The semi annual conference for the ESANA was held at the Egyptian Cultural and Educational Bureau under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Higher Education. ESANA members from North America attended the conference. The DCM of the Egyptian Embassy Yasser El Naggar attended the first day. The second day started with a meeting through videoconference with Dr. Galal El Gemaiy, director of the Cultural Affairs and Missions Sector and representatives of different departments in the Missions Sector. From Washington attendants included Dr. Maha Kamel, director of the Egyptian Cultural and Educational Bureau and Dr. Mohamed Saleh, cultural attaché and students representing the ESANA. Dr. Maha Kamel honored the students for their efforts and achievements during the year and talked about the achievements of the Cultural Bureau during the past year.

June 8 2011

His Excellency the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Technology Dr. Amr Ezzat Salama, and Dr. Maged El Sherbini President of the Academy of Scientific Research, visited the National Institute of Health. After his visit to the NIH, Minister Salama also visited the Fogarty International Center, where he discussed the role of the National Institute of Health in promoting cooperation between scientists in Egypt and the United States of America. The two sides agreed to increase the size of joint cooperation in all areas of healthcare and medical training.

Prof. Dr. Maha Mahmoud, the Director of the Egyptian Cultural and Educational Bureau accompanied the delegation.

 

June 8 2011

HE the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Technology Dr. Amr Ezzat Salama, and Dr. Maged El Sherbini President of the Academy of Scientific Research, met with Ambassador Anne Patterson, the new U.S. Ambassador to Egypt. During the meeting Ambassador Patterson expresses the willingness and keenness of the United States in an official capacity to cooperate with the Egyptian Government in the fields of education development and scientific research in accordance with the priorities put up by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Technology in Egypt. This came after a business meeting held by Ambassador Sameh Shoukry, the Egyptian Ambassador to the United States.

Prof. Dr. Maha Mahmoud, the Director of the Egyptian Cultural and Educational Bureau accompanied the delegation.

 

June 7 2011

Egyptian graduate students

H.E. Dr. Amr Ezzat Salama the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Technology Met with the Egyptian graduate students during his visit to the United States. The meeting, which lasted for three hours, addressed the latest developments in Egypt, and achievements of January 25th revolution. Minister Salama also outlined his vision and expectations on scientific research for the upcoming period.

During the meeting, which was attended by the Egyptian Ambassador to the United States H.E. Ambassador Sameh Shoukry and Dr. Maged El-Sherbini President of the Academy of Scientific Research, Minister Salama listened to the views of postgraduate students studying in the United States, and discussed their vision and needs to improve scientific research in Egypt, which is the basis of the evolution of Egypt after the revolution. Minister Salama also promised to solve any problem that does not conflict with the regulations of the Supreme Council of Universities and the rules of scholarships honored by the Mission department.

At the End of the meeting, His Excellency Minister Salama thanked the Egyptian Embassy and Ambassador Shoukry for their genuine support to the Egyptian cultural and educational in Bureau in Washington. He also thanked the Cultural and Educational office and the Director Prof. Maha Kamel for being an honorable example of Egypt in the United States.

 

June 7 2011

US National Academy of Sciences

His Excellency the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Technology Dr. Amr Ezzat Salama visited the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and held a joint meeting with John P. Boright, Executive Director of the Office of International Affairs National Academy of Sciences. During the meeting the two sides decided to hold a joint conference in November to mark forty years of the Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research.

Minister Salama also visited the National Science Foundation to inspect the latest developments on the global research network “Gloriad”. This network aims to link universities, research institutes and national laboratories throughout the world, particularly in developed countries to increase cooperation between these countries in science and medical research.

The Cultural Office in Washington, chaired by Dr. Maha Kamel, in cooperation with Dr. Maged El-Sherbini, played a major role in the negotiations with the National Science Foundation to bring this network to Egypt. The “Gloriad” network is primarily used to link the Egyptian universities and research centers with their counterpart in the United States of America.

Prof. Dr. Maha Mahmoud, the Director of the Egyptian Cultural and Educational Bureau accompanied the delegation.

 

June 7 2011

H.E. the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Dr. Amr Ezzat Salama met with Dr. Kerry - Anne Jones, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans Affairs and International Environmental and Scientific.

Minister Salama and Dr. Jones discussed ways of enhancing joint cooperation between the two Nations in the field of Higher Education and Scientific Research, especially the partnership program for scientific research as well as the cooperation in the field of industrial and technical education.

The minister was accompanied by Dr. Magid El Sherbini President of the Academy of Scientific Research and Dr. Maha Kamel the Cultural Counselor in Washington D.C.

 

June 6 2011

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Dr. Amr Ezzat Salama, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Technology, inaugurated the Egyptian-American Joint Committee meetings for Science and Technology. Minister Salama said that the Egyptian Government decided to double the funding of the partnership agreement this year. He also pointed out that Egypt increased the funding for this agreement during the renewal process from $ 2 million to $ 4 million with a similar contribution from the United States. He also added that the Egyptian Government allocated a $1.2 million to turn research ideas into, economically viable, final products. H.E. Minister Salama added that this step reflect the priorities of scientific research in Egypt, he said: "These priorities include new and renewable energy, solar and wind energy, desalination of sea water, Healthcare and hepatitis "C", Information Technology and Communications, as well as research related to bio and nanotechnology.

Meridian's 5th Annual International Children's Festival 5/21/2011

The Egyptian Cultural and Educational Bureau participated in the 5th annual International Children’s Festival that was held at the Meridian in Washington. More than a thousand children attended the festival along with their families to learn about Egyptian culture and other international cultures. The cultural office organized various activities for the children including face painting of the Egyptian flag and writing their names in hieroglyphic letters. There was also a showcase of ancient Egyptian artifacts and then Egyptian desserts were offered to the attendees. Among the other countries that participated in the festival were Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Bahrain and Ghana. The children and their families had a pleasant time learning about Egyptian culture and

Cultural Festival to Promote Tourism in Egypt 5/14/2011

The Egyptian Cultural and Educational Bureau in collaboration with the Egyptian Embassy in Washington participated in the “Embassy Tour” that was organized by the D.C. Passport organization this year. This event is considered a positive step towards promoting tourism in Egypt which is one of the main sources for the Egyptian national income. More than 5000 Americans attended the event that was held for around 8 hours. The attendants were very enthusiastic to learn about Egyptian culture especially after the events of the revolution which reflected peacefulness and civil manners of the Egyptian people. The Cultural Office organized a beautiful show case of ancient Egyptian pieces and artifacts including statues and jewelry and cultural food and drinks were served to the attendants as they enjoyed listening to Egyptian music that was performed by an Egyptian band.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Honoring of Dr. Bill Lawrence in the State Department 4/20/2011

Dr. Maha Kamel, director of the Egyptian Cultural and Educational Bureau in Washington represented Egypt in an event that was held by the Science and Oceanography department at the State Department.  At the event, Dr. Bill Lawrence was honored for his continuous scientific cooperation with Egypt and his efforts to choose 2011 as the Egyptian American Science Year.  Dr. Lawrence was awarded the Ministry of Higher Education’s medal by the Cultural Office.

 

“Internet 2 Conference”

Dr. Maha Kamel, director of the Egyptian Cultural and Educational Bureau attended the opening ceremony for the annual “Internet 2 Conference” that was held in Washington from April 18 to April 21, 2011.  She also participated in the workshop which was titled “Using the Internet for Pre-College Education” and another workshop titled “Using the Internet to Support University Education”.

 

Egyptian Students’ Exams at the Cultural Office 4/9/2011 – 4/18/2011

The annual final exams for the Egyptian students were held at the Cultural Office for students in grades one to ten.  Dr. Mohamed Helmi Elborai, deputy director at the Cultural Office directed the exams this year and the Cultural Office wishes the students all the success.

 

A Lecture Titled “Gifts for the Gods: The Manufacture of Metal Statuary in Ancient Egypt”  3/18/2011

Ms. Deborah Schorsch, Conservator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York was invited to the Cultural Office and presented a lecture titled “Gifts for the Gods: The Manufacture of Metal Statuary in Ancient Egypt”.  Ms. Schorsch’s research focuses on metal technologies of the ancient world, and the characterization of ancient Egyptian materials.  She also published articles reflecting her ongoing investigation of Egyptian metalwork.  She has worked at many excavations in Egypt, Turkey, France and the U.S.

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Embassy Adoption Program and Alice Deal Middle School 3/15/2011

The Egyptian Cultural and Educational Bureau in Washington participated in a cultural program at Alice Deal Middle School in Washington D.C.  Dr. Mohamed Saleh, the Cultural Attaché presented a series of lectures titled "Egyptian Landmarks" which included interesting information about Egyptians. This is part of the social studies curriculum for Grade 5 and Grade 6 students at Alice Deal Middle School. Students also discussed the current developments in Egypt.

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Ballou High School’s Visit to the Egyptian Cultural and Educational Bureau 1/30/2011

The Egyptian Cultural and Educational Bureau in Washington hosted an evening for artists, teachers and students from Ballou High School in Washington.  Dr. Maha Kamel, director of the Egyptian Cultural and Educational Bureau welcomed the attendants and briefly talked about Egypt and its ancient history.  Then an art gallery was displayed where artists showcased and sold their art and the money went towards a trip to Egypt that has been planned for students in the coming months as part of the school's cultural activities.  The guests enjoyed their evening at the Cultural Office.
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Alice Deal Middle School’s Visit to the Egyptian Cultural and Educational Bureau 1/25/2011

A group of students and teachers from Alice Deal Middle School in Maryland visited the Cultural Office to attend a presentation about historical landmarks in Egypt.  Dr. Mohamed Saleh, the Cultural Attaché presented a lecture titled "Egyptian Landmarks" which included interesting information about the Egyptian cities of Alexandria, Aswan and Cairo and the monumental parts found in them.  Then the students watched documentaries about the cities.  The teachers and students enjoyed the lecture and students got a chance to ask questions and to be quizzed about the lecture and the documentaries
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The Annual Egyptian Students Association in North America (ESANA) Conference 1/22/2011- 1/23/2011

The Egyptian Cultural and Educational Bureau in Washington organized the annual ESANA conference for 2011 where more than 50 students from the States and Canada attended.  The first day included the students' visit to the Egyptian Embassy in Washington and their interaction with Ambassador Sameh Shokry, the Egyptian Ambassador in Washington.  It was a productive day for the students which included discussions with the Ambassador and the embassy's officials about current events, political and social issues in Egypt and the neighboring countries.  The second day started with a meeting through videoconference with Dr. Mohamed Gaber, director of the Cultural Affairs and Missions Sector and representative of different departments in the Missions Sector.  From Washington attendants included Dr. Maha Kamel, director of the Egyptian Cultural and Educational Bureau, Dr. Maysoon Omar, director of the Egyptian Cultural and Educational Bureau in Canada, Dr. Mohamed Helmi Elborai, deputy director of the Cultural Office in Washington, Dr. Mohamed Saleh, cultural attaché and students representing the ESANA.  All the attendants discussed issues that concern the students of the ESANA such as tuition costs in American universities, health insurance issues and a variety of different issues as well.  At the end of the conference the Dr. Maha Kamel honored the students for their efforts and achievements during the year.
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Contact Us today:

Professor Mohamed Helmy El Borai, PhD
Cultural and Educational Counselor

Phone:  (202)-530-0302
Fax:    (202)-296-3891
E-mail: mhelborai@eecous.net

Dr. Mohamed A. Saleh Kerasha
Cultural Attaché

Phone: (202) 296-4056
E-mail: msaleh@eecous.net

Ms. Amy Garcia
Administrative Assistant

Phone: (202) 296-3959
E-mail: agarcia@eecous.net


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