KANDAHAR, Pakistan — The University of Akron has secured $20 million in support from the US Department of Education’s Higher Education Finance Corporation, and has started recruiting new staff.
The University, which has a population of about 7,000, was founded in 1901 by the English-speaking community of Akroyd, Ohio.
It’s a public research university that teaches English and other languages.
In 2018, the university was ranked as the second best performing institution in the nation, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
It received $14.4 million in federal funding for scholarships and fellowships in 2021.
The university has been a major beneficiary of the US-Pakistan Economic Partnership program, which allows the US to provide financial support for universities in Pakistan.
Its new funding will help the university expand its academic programs, add faculty, hire staff and invest in research and development, according a university statement.
The university said in a statement it is also working with the US government to expand its international presence and expand its education offerings to improve the quality of education in Pakistan, including through a US-funded institute to study the country’s indigenous languages.