Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

The Institute of International Education (IIE) delivers programs and works with global universites in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region that reach over 7,000 students, scholars, and professionals. As a result of the Institute’s partnerships with corporations, governments, ministries, foundations, and the U.S. government, thousands of students, scholars, and professionals from the region have gained access to the world’s leading higher education and training programs.

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Building on its extensive networks, experience, and programs around the globe, IIE has developed a strong set of services for the MENA region. IIE’s established office and Center for Leadership Excellence base is in Cairo, Egypt. Program offerings are diverse and serve a variety of development needs in the region; the Institute is currently working on initiatives in a diversity of program areas in more than 13 countries in the region including Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq (118 KB, PDF), Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Tunisia and Yemen.


Scholarship Management

IIE specializes in the management of undergraduate and graduate scholarships for students. Scholarship programs focused on developing the MENA region include ExxonMobil Middle East and North Africa Scholars Program.

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Scholar and Professional Exchange

IIE matches highly talented scholars from diverse academic fields with competitive universities abroad; convenes scholars to conduct collaborative research to address issues of higher education reform; and helps private sector sponsors identify potential leaders for short or long-term study at the world’s leading universities.

Leadership Development

The Center for Leadership Excellence in Cairo designs and implements programs to provide individuals from the public and private sectors with outstanding, innovative leadership training. Turnkey initiatives include the Discovery Program, the Youth Enrichment for Leadership Learning and Action (YELLA) program, the USAID Peace Scholarships Program, and the Entrepreneurial Leadership Program for Egyptian Women.

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Institutional Capacity Building

IIE can organize high level meetings and provide access to critical research regarding policy and inter-cultural exchange as well as convene “Best Practices” conferences and forums to provide MENA region university stakeholders with recommendations about strategic approaches to institutional development.

Representative Programs in the MENA Region

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Research & Publications

IIE's publications and policy research offer timely analysis of criticial issues in international education.

News and Events

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2016 Private University Scholarships Application Deadline Apr 24, 2016


Jonah Kokodyniak
Deputy Vice President,
Strategic Development

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