The expansion of community-college systems nationwide could improve students’ career options while supporting economic growth, according to the Obama Administration. Consequently, the federal government is exploring the possibility of financing such a modernization project—not in the United States, but in Egypt.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today issued a request for quotations (#263-11-003) from vendors capable of conducting an assessment of the “legal, technical, managerial and financial feasibility of establishing community colleges in Egypt.”
According to a Statement of Work (SOW) for the endeavor, “The U.S. Secretary of State has indicated her desire to enter into partnership with the Government of Egypt (GOE) to create a network of branded, American-style community colleges in Egypt, with appropriate modifications for the local context.”
The State Dept. and USAID have not yet decided whether to finance an Egypt-wide community college network. Hence, the primary task of the contractor-led study “is to assess whether establishing American-style community colleges is a feasible investment for the U.S. Government (USG) given the current context in Egypt.”