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Middle East Programs

From 2007 through 2015, Executive Education managed two programs that hosted participants from the Middle East:

        CELF - Civic Education and Leadership Fellows Program
        LDF - Leaders for Democracy Fellowship Program  

These programs were funded by the U. S. Department of State's Middle East Partnership Initiative located within the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. Through its Washington headquarters and Regional Offices, MEPI has contributed over $530 million to more than 600 projects in 17 countries and territories since its establishment in 2002.

 

Civic Education and Leadership Fellows Program (CELF)

 

BASIC FACTS

Program Objective

Promoting Civic Education in teaching and research at institutions of higher learning in the Middle East & North Africa

Main Project Activity

Semester-long fellowship for social scientists at Syracuse University with group seminars and individualized programs

Alumni

59 Fellows from 11 countries in 2009-2013

Contact

For more information, contact Julia Ganson, Program Manager, Middle East & North Africa, jgganson@syr.edu

 

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The Civic Education and Leadership Fellows Program was a four-year program that allowed the Maxwell School to host cohorts of 6-12 faculty members per semester from under-served universities, colleges, and other post-secondary institutions across the Middle East and North Africa. The aim is to promote civic engagement in their home countries via improved pedagogy, teacher preparation, and curriculum development for related social science departments. This will be accomplished through the strengthening of access to information, broad research initiatives and improvement of the means by which students in the Middle East learn about civic engagement and democracy. Utilizing the Maxwell School's faculty and institutes, professional staff, and diverse student population, CELF Fellows increased their knowledge about democracy and civil society, improve their pedagogy, and develop curriculum for their home institutions in order to communicate this knowledge to students in higher education settings. After completing the program at SU, the fellows joined an alumni network and met annually until 2013 for an academic conference in the MENA region.
 

Leaders for Democracy Fellowship Program (LDF)

  LDF Scholars 2009

BASIC FACTS

Program Objective

Promoting democratic change and civil society involvement for young leaders in the Middle East & North Africa

Main Project Activity

5-week academic training at Syracuse University and 8-week professional affiliation assignment in Washington, D.C.

Alumni

259 Fellows from 15 countries 2007-2015

Spring 2011 Fellows

Cohort of 24 fellows arrive at SU in late March from 16 countries in MENA

Contact

For more information, contact Julia Ganson, Program Manager, Middle East & North Africa, jgganson@syr.edu

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The Leaders for Democracy Fellows Program brought to Syracuse University a cohort of 20-25 civil society leaders and democracy reformers from countries across the Middle East and North Africa each Spring. While in the USA, the participants attended an academic program hosted by the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs that presented foundational concepts related to democracy. The academic program mixed theoretical discussions about political systems in the Middle East and prospects for change as well as practical skills building in writing, communication, and leading change. The experience is Syracuse was followed by a six-week professional affiliation experience in a Washington, D.C host organization such as the Woodrow Wilson Center, IREX, Human Rights Watch, and Search for a Common Ground, depending on the fellows’ interests. The participants, roughly equal numbers of men and women, ranged in age from 25 to 45. They returned to their homes with new knowledge and skills to help foster positive democratic change, and form a strong alumni network that met annually in the MENA region until the end of 2015.

   

 

 

 

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