The United States has invested more than $1.7 billion to support the education system in Egypt, according to the American charge d’affaires

Egypt – Since 1978, the United States has invested more than $1.7 billion (EGP 32.5 billion) to support education in Egypt by building more than 2,000 schools and training thousands of Egyptian teachers, US Charge d’Affaires Daniel Rubinstein said on Monday.

He added that to date, the United States has provided more than $350 million in scholarships and exchange funding to more than 23,000 Egyptian and American students and mid-career professionals.

Rubinstein’s remarks came at a graduation ceremony held at Cairo University to honor 157 Egyptian undergraduate students, each of whom received full scholarships under the graduate program. local USAID scholarships to attend one of the five partner universities in Egypt.

Worth $39 million, USAID’s Local Scholarship Program awards full college scholarships to talented public high school students from underserved communities in Egypt.

To date, this program has awarded scholarships to 673 students and produced 400 college graduates and is part of the larger USAID Egypt Scholarship Program, which is the largest US government scholarship program in the world. .

Speaking at the ceremony, Rubinstein said, “This generation is growing up in a time of unprecedented change that is happening at a staggering rate. These students are confronted with technological advances, economic and social transformations and the omnipresent challenge of climate change. That’s why the U.S. government—in conjunction with the Department of Higher Education and Scientific Research and our partner universities—has provided funding through AMIDEAST to position these scholars to meet and address these challenges and opportunities. .

The USAID Local Scholarship Program is one of several programs currently offered in Egypt and awards full scholarships to attend Ain Shams University, Assiut University, Alexandria University, of Cairo and the University of Mansoura.

In addition to scholarships, participants receive career advice, English language training, access to internships and community service projects, leadership training, and the opportunity to participate in study programs at abroad in the United States.

In addition, students with disabilities receive specialized support, such as accessible computer equipment and academic resources through the Disability Service Centers that the program has set up at the five partner universities.

The program also works with the private sector to connect students with jobs and internships. In addition, more than 260 students have studied in the United States and more than 600 have completed internships in Egyptian companies in the public and private sectors under the program.

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