WEST LAFAYETTE - The United States Agency for International Development has launched a five-year, $30 million cooperative project with Cairo University to create a Center of Excellence for Agriculture. Purdue is one of four universities that will spearhead the project, leading programs in instructional innovation and curriculum development.

The new center is led by Cornell University and Cairo University with three U.S. land-grant universities each supporting different COEA initiatives.

Alongside Purdue, University of California, Davis will lead programs in applied research and Michigan State University will lead efforts in human capital development. Sathguru Management Consultants will work with Egyptian universities to facilitate technology transfer and commercialization of university research products.

The center aims to work with Egyptian universities to build higher education programs that will give Egyptian agriculture faculty and students the tools to make an immediate impact in Egyptian agriculture as research scientists, employees, policy-makers or innovators.

“Purdue Agriculture is honored to collaborate with our colleague colleges of agriculture to contribute to this important project. Purdue Agriculture conducts research and extension outreach programs throughout the world as part of our commitment to build a robust international agricultural economy and to work together to feed the world,” said Karen Plaut, the Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture at Purdue, in a news release.