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Egypt: AMIDEAST buys American Center Alexandria

US education organisation AMIDEAST has announced it has purchased the American Center Alexandria, which will enable educational, training and language test services in Egypt’s second-largest city.

AMIDEAST's new location in Alexandria, Egypt, will "expand opportunities and positively impact the lives of Egyptians". Photo: Flickr/ ASaber91

Specialising in training, and development activities in the Middle East and North Africa, AMIDEAST works in 11 territories and countries in the region offering services including workforce development and English language program.

“This is the latest step in our long-range plan to expand and update our facilities”

“This is an important moment in our continuous commitment to serving Egypt and its people since 1956 and Alexandria for over 35 years,” Shahinaz Ahmed, AMIDEAST’s country director for Egypt, said.

Purchasing the former home of the US Consulate in Alexandria which AMIDEAST had been renting since September 2016, the organisation’s permanent home in the city will “enable us to serve more people, more effectively as we strive to expand opportunities and positively impact the lives of Egyptians, especially youth”, she added.

“We are particularly excited about prospects for expanding programs in workforce development, English language acquisition, and English language assessments such as the TOEFL ITP and TOEIC.”

The facility’s test centre offers a wide range of academic and professional tests, and its expanded English language program will benefit the needs of Alexandria’s governmental, nongovernmental, and private sector clients as well as the general public.

Courses being offered include English for general communication, conversation, English for the workplace, and English for kids and teens.

“This is the latest step in our long-range plan to expand and update our facilities in the 11 countries that we directly serve across the MENA region,” AMIDEAST president and CEO Theodore Kattouf said in a statement.

“The opportunity to acquire this historic property in Alexandria underscores our longstanding commitment to providing quality educational and training programs in Egypt.”

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