The Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) is located within the Bureau of Near
Eastern Affairs at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. Its focus is on assisting efforts in the MENA region to:
- expand political participation
- strengthen civil society and the rule of law
- empower women and youth
- create educational opportunities
- foster economic reform
MEPI works with governmental and non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and academic institutions in support of these goals and has funded projects implemented by more than 250 organizations working for reform and change in the region.
For more information, visit the MEPI website.
Both MEPI and LAU are funding the Tomorrow’s Leaders scholarship program.
The America-Mideast Educational and Training Services, Inc. (AMIDEAST) is the link between MEPI and the Tomorrow’s Leaders Program’s academic partners and students. Its responsibilities include promoting and advertising the program, conducting the application and pre-selection process,administering English proficiency tests for students, and conducting pre-departure activities, including orientation workshops and visa arrangements.
Founded in 1951, AMIDEAST is a private, non-profit organization that works to strengthen ties between Americans and the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa region. The organization provides a range of educational services, supports numerous institutional development projects in the region, and administers educational exchange programs.
For more information, visit the AMIDEAST website.
The selected academic institutions for the MEPI Tomorrow’s Leaders Program are the American University of Beirut, the American University in Cairo, and the Lebanese American University. As host institutions for the participants, their responsibilities include selection of Tomorrow’s Leaders candidates from the applications forwarded by AMIDEAST, administration and management of academic and extracurricular components of the program, and program logistics including provision of housing, medical insurance, and related living stipends.