$23 million federal grant will extend UMass Afghanistan work

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The grant is part of a $92 million, five-year contract to strengthen higher education in Afghanistan with a consortium headed by Family Health International. That group includes the College of Education, Purdue University, the Afghan Holding Group and Altai Consulting.

David R. Evans, director of the College of Education’s Center for International Education and Joseph B. Berger, the college’s associate dean for research and engagement, will manage the $23 million sub-award. The pair have been involved in Afghanistan since 2006 in a program helping Afghan professors become better teachers.

The new award for the project called Afghanistan University Support and Workforce Development Program allows the program to expand, Evans said. “We will continue to build on the foundations with the Ministry of Higher Education."

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