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Community and Technical College Partnerships to Support Entrepreneurship in Broader Middle East and

Thursday, February 24, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Montoya
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WASHINGTON, DC– 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.
The selected U.S. institutions and their partnering institutions are:  

Central Community College (NE)/Bahrain Polytechnic (Bahrain): Bahrain Entrepreneurship Project

Middlesex Community College (MA)/Bristol Community College (MA)/Ecole Normale Supérieure de l’Enseignement Technique de Rabat/Ecole Normale Supérieure de l’Enseignement Technique (Morocco): Linkages for Entrepreneurship Achievement Project (LEAP)

Washtenaw Community College (MI)/William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan /Al Quds College (Jordan): Integrated Entrepreneurship Training

Nassau Community College (NY)/Monroe Community College (NY)/North Country Community College (NY)/Onondaga Community College (NY)/Al-Kafaat Europa School of Technology (Lebanon): SUNY Community College Consortium

Gateway Technical College (WI)/Ecole Superieure de Technologie, Oujda/Université Mohammed I Oujda (Morocco): Collegiate Entrepreneurship and Collaborative Strategies

Eastern Iowa Community College District/Tulsa Community College (OK)/Sana’a Community College (Yemen): Economic Empowerment through 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.

Higher Education for Development (HED) program office promotes higher education's engagement in social and economic development through institutional and human capacity building in developing countries. Established in 1992 as the Association Liaison Office for University Cooperation in Development (ALO), HED assists the nation's six major higher education associations in partnering with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID),  as well as other development agencies, donor organizations, and foundations.

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