Egypt's Palm Hills launches $17m school in Microsoft tie-up
Palm Hills will work with Microsoft to design and develop a school with technology rooted into the design of the building
Egyptian developer Palm Hills has partnered with Microsoft and Florida Atlantic University to build a $16.7m green-field school in western Cairo.
Located in Palm Hills' The Crown development, construction is set to begin in Q1 2019, with the school targeting a 2020 launch, the developer's chief executive officer, Mohamed Sultan, told Reuters.
The project, called Asten College, will be developed in partnership with Cairo-based firm Balanced Education Company.
The campus, which will accommodate up to 2,800 students, will be designed by US-based architectural design consultancy Gensler, the firm behind projects in Dubai International Financial Centre. It will be built on a 60,000m² plot of land.
Asten College is one of two schools in the Middle East selected for the Microsoft Flagship School programme, and one of only 17 worldwide.
The programme is a partnership model for Microsoft to help deign, develop, and deliver educational facilities around the world.