UMUC Wins $180 Million Contract to Teach U.S. Troops in Asia

Multimillion-dollar Department of Defense contract calls for UMUC to teach undergraduate troops stationed in the U.S. Pacific Command for up to six more years


By Kerry O'Neill (koneill@mghus.com) |   April 9, 2009

ADELPHI, Md. (April 9, 2009) – UMUC has won an education contract—valued at $180 million by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)—to deliver undergraduate programs on-site to U.S. troops stationed in countries in the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM). UMUC has been on the ground providing higher education to military servicemembers in Asia since 1956 and to the military as a whole since 1949. The new contract runs for 12 months, renewable each year up to a total of six years.
 
“University of Maryland University College has a long tradition of providing a quality education to our men and women in uniform, in Maryland and abroad,” said Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. “We are proud that this fine school—part of the University System of Maryland—has been called upon to continue that tradition and extend its offerings to servicemembers across Asia, allowing them to continue their studies and prepare for a brighter future while protecting our country.”

Under the contract, UMUC’s programs will be available to the more than 200,000 U.S. servicemembers based in Japan, Korea, Okinawa, Guam, Australia, Singapore and Thailand. Courses will be offered in Asian and foreign language studies and liberal arts; a bachelor’s degree in education will be offered in partnership with UMUC’s sister institution, Bowie State University.

“Today’s announcement reinforces UMUC as an invaluable asset statewide, nationwide and worldwide,” said University System of Maryland Chancellor William E. Kirwan. “This DoD contract positions UMUC to continue as the leading education provider for U.S. military personnel and their dependents. With more than 50 flag officers among UMUC graduates and more than 1 million servicemembers having taken courses from UMUC over the past 60 years, it is clear the institution is the worldwide education leader.”

UMUC currently teaches in more than 20 countries, including in Europe and the Middle East. Last year, the university attracted media attention when it announced a DoD contract to teach troops stationed in countries in the U.S. Central Command, positioning it as the first American university to open classrooms on the ground in Iraq.

“UMUC is now serving its third generation of servicemembers in Asia and around the world, and we are pleased and proud to continue our legacy of providing quality higher education programs to our nation’s troops, no matter where they are called to serve,” said UMUC President Susan C. Aldridge.