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HED Selects Partnerships to Compete for Middle East-North Africa Grants

February 24, 2011


Higher Education for Development (HED), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the U.S. Department of Education, today announced the six higher education partnerships selected to participate in the Broader Middle East and North Africa (BMENA) - U.S. Community College Entrepreneurship Proposal Development Grants competition.

The awards, of up to $60,000 each for a six-month period, will support collaborating institutions in developing long-term partnerships of not less than three years to strengthen the capacity of BMENA partner institutions through the promotion of entrepreneurship.

“Partnering U.S. community colleges with technical and vocational institutions in the BMENA region will provide a valuable model of successful workforce and entrepreneurship development,” said Tully Cornick, Ph.D., executive director of HED. “HED is pleased to support an initiative that will improve the capacity of the BMENA institutions to contribute to national economic growth by preparing graduates to start their own small businesses, create new jobs, and fill positions in growth sectors.”   

The partnership proposals developed through these six-month planning grants will be submitted to HED at the conclusion of the grant period. HED will, through a peer review process, evaluate the proposals and rank them for consideration for implementation funding by USAID.

For the complete press release and a list of winning institutions, please visit the HED website.

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