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2014 Fulbright Afghanistan Fall Enrichment Seminar Partnering Organizations

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The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly and peaceful relations. We accomplish this mission through academic, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges that engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes, and rising leaders in the United States and more than 160 countries.

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The Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas and is sponsored by the United States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Approximately 325,400 “Fulbrighters,” 122,800 from the United States and 202,600 from other countries, have participated in the Program since its inception more than sixty years ago. The program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually and operates in over 155 countries worldwide.


Institute of International Education (IIE)

The Institute of International Education is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1919, IIE has a network of 19 offices and affiliates worldwide and over 1,200 member institutions. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations, and corporations. 



AMIDEAST is a leading American non-profit organization engaged in international education, training and development activities in the Middle East and North Africa. Founded in 1951, AMIDEAST in its early years focused on promoting U.S. study to students in the MENA region and managing U.S. scholarships and exchanges such as the flagship Fulbright Foreign Student Program. While these important programs continue apace, our work has expanded significantly. Today AMIDEAST programs and services touch the lives of half a million individuals a year – improving educational opportunities and quality, strengthening local institutions, and developing language and professional skills critical for success in the global economy.

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The Intercultural Management Institute (IMI), based at American University's School of International Service, prepares professionals across sectors to recognize and manage cultural differences, turning them into competitive advantages. The Institute works to strengthen communication, understanding, and leadership across cultures as well as encourage diversity and inclusion in an increasingly multicultural and globalized world. Whether by providing training in intercultural negotiation and communication for diplomats, consultations to companies or organizations opening new offices overseas, or professional development courses on managing multicultural teams; IMI offers practical skills, tools and expertise for more effective and productive intercultural relations. IMI works with a wide range of US and international partners to identify cultural challenges and opportunities and customize solutions and programs that meet their individualized needs.