Ambassador Kelly participates in launch of ground-breaking public-private partnership fund for SDSU-Georgia (November 16)

SDSU Student makes remarks at the Event. Photo: State Dept
SDSU Student makes remarks at the Event. Photo: State Dept
SDSU Student makes remarks at the Event. Photo: State Dept

Ambassador Kelly participates in launch of ground-breaking public-private partnership fund for SDSU-Georgia (November 16)

Partnering with SDSU to support Georgia’s best and brightest science and math students just got easier!  Today, Ambassador Kelly joined Minister of Education and Science Alexandre Jejelava, SDSU distinguished faculty and administrators, Millennium Challenge partners, and Georgian public and private sector leaders to launch a ground-breaking public-private partnership fund that will enable Georgia’s brightest young people to get their U.S. degrees here in Georgia.

Media Standup after Event

Ambassador Kelly’s media engagement on the sidelines of the SDSU-Georgia Public Private Partnership Fund Launch

Q-n about SDSU-Georgia Public Private Partnership Fund Launch

You know it’s always been, not always, but at least in 20th century it’s been a truism that you can’t succeed without an education.  But I think that in the 21st century, you can’t succeed without an education in science and technology and the information sciences.  So the United States really wants Georgia to succeed and so one of the biggest investments we have made is in trying to help Georgia develop STEM curriculum (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).  And this program of San Diego State University is the flagship, is the most important product of that effort.

Q-n about the amount of U.S. investment

It’s an investment of the U.S. government; it’s an investment of the Millennium Challenge Corporation and the overall investment is $140 million.  That includes more than just this project, which is about $30 million dollars for San Diego State University, but we are also doing a lot of help repairing schools, and doing some infrastructure development, curriculum development for the government for a total investment of $140 million.

Q-n about how much the U.S. government has spent [on education/SDSU-Georgia]

This particular grant, we call it a compact, is time limited.  It’s over several years and so one of our efforts is trying to get as much private support for scholarships and, in particular, for Georgian students and that’s why we are trying to develop partnerships with the private sector.

Q-n about how much will be collected from the private sector

I don’t think we have a figure yet.