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ADELPHI, Md. (Feb. 7, 2017) – University of Maryland University College (UMUC) will continue educating U.S. military troops in the Middle East and Africa after being awarded a new 54-month contract by the U.S. Department of Defense.

The contract calls for UMUC to offer undergraduate and graduate instruction at military installations across the region.

Faculty will teach at U.S. military installations in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt (Sinai), Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

“UMUC continues to be the primary education service provider for U.S. military personnel deployed around the world,” said Maj. Gen. Lloyd “Milo” Miles (U.S. Army-Ret.), senior vice president for Global Military Operations at UMUC. “The awarding of this contract is clear affirmation of the dedication of our faculty and staff abroad and a university-wide commitment to those who serve and sacrifice to protect us.”

The new Middle East and Africa contract extends through academic year 2020-2021. UMUC also holds contracts to offer instruction in Europe through 2023 and in Asia through 2022.

UMUC, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, first began sending faculty overseas in 1949 and has continuously served the higher education needs of active duty military and their families since.

“No other university in the country has had a longer, continuous relationship with the military,” said Javier Miyares, president of UMUC. “As I have often said with great pride, serving the military is in our DNA.”

In addition to undergraduate liberal arts programs, active duty military personnel for the first time can take classes and earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the naval base in Bahrain.

About University of Maryland University College

University of Maryland University College is the largest public online university in the country and is headquartered in Adelphi, Maryland. UMUC has an enrollment of more than 90,000 students and offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs online and on-site. UMUC takes pride in its long history of service to the military and currently enrolls more than 50,000 service members, veterans and their families each year. The university offers face-to-face instruction at more than 20 locations throughout the Metropolitan D.C. area, and educational services in 25 countries and territories and more than 150 locations worldwide. UMUC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and is a member of the University System of Maryland.