Education - Project Profiles


Although tall buildings, roads and power plants are impressive, schools and the enlightenment of youth are far more likely to shape its destiny. Below you will find a list of the 10 most innovative education projects as chosen by a panel of external and independent industry professionals. All of the projects submitted in this category had a great deal of positive social impact which made narrowing the final field very difficult. What some submissions lacked in scale, they made up in ambition.



Feature Project: Princess Nora Bint AbdulRahman University for Women


Princess Nora Bint AbdulRahman University for Women was widely lauded by the judges and is considered a major step in obtaining equal access to education for women in the Middle East. The self-contained campus will cover 8 million square meters just outside Riyadh and accommodate 40,000 students. The university will have the capacity to offer places to 60 percent of the city’s female high-school graduates and will offer degrees in medicine, pharmacy, management and IT – which have typically been male-dominated subjects and sometimes difficult for Saudi women to access. According to the judges, the project has a “generational theme” and its effect will ripple across the whole country for years to come.




Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi


Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi will see a world-class university set-up a campus overseas. The project combines both academic excellence with cutting-edge infrastructure and architectural design. It is also a strong example of participation between private and public sectors, being developed as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) with a long-term build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) structure. The university provides courses in arts, languages and political sciences, all being taught in French.




Education City Dantewada


Education City Dantewada in Chhattisgarh, India is being developed to provide an education that aligns skills with opportunities – giving young people an alternative to violence caused by socio-political unrest in the state. The project in Dantewada will provide a polytechnic, a middle school, a sports complex, an industrial training institute with workshops and residential quarters for staff and students.




Education City Bhutan


Education City Bhutan, in the eastern Himalayas, which is set to cost between US$500-600 million, involves the design, build, finance, operate, own and transfer of the educational city on a 1,000-acre campus with a lease of 90 years. The project will not only help Bhutan develop its own education sector but could attract international students – particularly from neighboring India – providing an external source of revenue. The judges recognized this project for being an ambitious challenge in a poor area in need of development.




The Yonkers, New York Schools PPP

The Yonkers, New York Schools PPP is the first social infrastructure PPP for a public school district in the United States. It will involve the upgrade of 38 schools for the Yonkers Public School District. The US$1.7 billion project is truly unique in the United States, and if implemented correctly could be a real pathfinder for American education in an era of increasingly constrained public finances.




Schools for the 21st Century

Schools for the 21st Century in Puerto Rico is a comprehensive school modernization program that aims to invest US$756 million to transform more than 100 schools in an effort to deliver a high-quality learning environment that provides students with modern skills to meet the needs of modern employers. Judges liked the renovation aspect of the project and how it creates a better environment for learning by examining people and the spaces they inhabit in order to better understand the connections between the built environment and human psyche.




Belo Horizonte Schools PPP

The Belo Horizonte Schools PPP is Brazil’s first education PPP and will fill an urgent need for kindergarten school places in the capital and largest city in the state of Minas Gerais.




SAIT Polytechnic's Trades and Technology Complex

In Canada, SAIT Polytechnic’s Trades and Technology Complex is set for completion in August 2012 and will bring 740,000 square feet of additional training space for one of the leading training centers in energy, construction and manufacturing. Judges liked the emphasis on vocational training.




UWE Bristol Campus

The UWE is one of the largest university expansion projects underway in Europe with a 70-acre site being acquired for a new students’ union, media hub and faculty of arts.




Toulouse University

Toulouse University is in the middle of the first of two PPP projects to redevelop its teaching and research facilities. Among the innovative developments taking place is the building of a new 11,000 square meter training center and a 1,250-meter wind tunnel for the aeronautics school, a 2,600 square meter biosciences center at Auzeville and another 4,050 square meter facility at Castanet.




Information contained within the feature project articles and sector articles of the Infrastructure 100 Report are provided by Infrastructure Journal (IJ). Infrastructure Journal assisted with collating and analyzing projects to be considered by regional and global judging panels for the Infrastructure 100 Report, and conducted in-depth research which was used to develop the project profiles contained within the publication. While KPMG makes every attempt to provide accurate and timely information to readers, neither KPMG nor Infrastructure Journal guarantees its accuracy, timeliness, completeness or usefulness, and are not responsible or liable for any such content.

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