Within the framework of strengthening the partnership between Egypt and the United States of America, the Egypt Pioneers and Scholars Program was launched and implemented, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) with a grant of $86 million, with the aim of providing scholarships and training to Egyptian students, researchers, and future leaders.
Under the supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the program's primary objectives are multifaceted. The Higher Education Agreement was signed on September 30, 2014, and is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2029.
The program focuses specifically on sectors that can advance Egypt's climate goals, and aims to build a more inclusive, capable and skilled workforce that supports sectors vital to the country's economic growth, including achieving women's empowerment, health, digitalization and climate goals.
Firstly, it aims to develop a skilled workforce in line with labor market requirements.
Secondly, it seeks to enhance employment opportunities for graduates of higher education programmes.
Third, Strengthening the institutional capacity of Egyptian higher education institutions through collaborative partnerships and increasing scholarship opportunities.
This comprehensive agreement serves as an incentive for academic and professional development, supports strategic cooperation between Egyptian and American institutions, expands scholarships, supports technical colleges and universities, and sponsors students. Its overarching goal is to address Egypt's pressing development and economic challenges.