San Diego State beat out 27 other universities for a $30 million grant, the largest grant in San Diego State University’s history, from the Millennium Challenge Corporation in order to establish an SDSU-Georgia exchange program set to start fall 2016.
Twelve SDSU students will be chosen to study abroad and take SDSU courses in exchange for 12 students from the country of Georgia. The program is open to all majors, but will be especially well-suited for STEM majors.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for chemistry and engineering students because they often cannot find the courses they need abroad, now these are our courses offered in English to our standards,” professor and Provost Emerita Nancy Marlin said.
The money will be allocated toward renovating labs and improving the quality of higher education.
“The labs and equipment looked like they were from the 1960s,” Marlin said. “Graduates didn’t have the skills and abilities they would need, particularly in the science, technology and engineering areas.”
She said the MCC wanted an American accredited U.S. degree to be offered in Georgia because Georgia needed higher education to meet the standards of emerging democracies.
“MCC gives money to the countries they are working with for things the countries feel they need to meet all the standards of emerging democracies,” Marlin said. “For example, human rights, and voting and wonderful standards that reflect what democracies are about.”
SDSU and Georgia exchanged faculty as part of the agreement.
The Georgia faculty were mentored and taught to teach SDSU courses according to SDSU standards.
According to an article on SDSU Newscenter, once the program is fully established, target enrollment is 2,000 students.