The state system has signed a $8.2 million agreement to create a community college much like the one based in Rome in the city of Abqaiq with the intention of expand workforce skills/development in that nation, which is the main U.S. Arab ally in the region and very, very wealthy from its oil resources.
Frankly, there are some unspoken negatives to this venture that — diplomatically — are seldom raised. Not being known for our diplomacy, it is probably fair to assume that women need not apply for most classroom seats. Morally, as with importing certain goods from China made by prisoner/slaves, there is a certain offense to basic American principles.
Nonetheless, this is great for the Saudis who desperately need to upgrade their own human resources instead of constantly having to rely on foreign workers/contracts to supply essential trade/technical skills. Indeed, in the long run, that may help lead to overall more “modern” thinking and policies there.
It’s also great for Georgia’s technical system, which gains considerable stature and recognition for the quality of what it accomplishes. After all, one assumes there are 49 other state systems that would have loved to make this agreement.