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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

The school will be built in western Cairo [representational image].
The school will be built in western Cairo [representational image].

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.

READ: Dubai's EFS inks MoU with Egypt's Palm Hills 

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.

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