Connecting the Mekong Through Education and Training

The goal of the USAID ‘Connecting the Mekong through Education and Training’ (COMET) Project is to help universities and vocational centers to increase the number of skilled workers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, accounting, and tourism (STEM+AT) fields in the Lower Mekong countries (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam). COMET will bring together public and private sector partners and use information technology to deliver accessible training in key sectors. Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) is the lead COMET implementing partner.

Connecting the Mekong Through Education and Training

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Connecting the Mekong through Education and Training is a five-year project that enables teachers to better prepare youth for employment in the Lower Mekong countries of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam though the use of innovative training approaches. USAID works to bridge the gap between the private sector, universities and vocational centers to build up the supply of skilled workers to meet the demands of local businesses. The project will partner with local education providers to utilize mobile technology, online learning and traditional inperson workshops to promote learning and regional networking in targeted Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) countries in ways that help residents from rural and marginalized areas access educational services.


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC)

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000

    EDC is a global nonprofit organization that designs, delivers and evaluates innovative programs to address some of the world’s most urgent challenges in...


    Staff size: 26-50 uses Google's strengths in information and technology to build products and advocate for policies that address global challenges. builds technology products to...

  • Hewlett Packard (HP)

    Service Providers, Goods Supplier
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) Is an American multinational information technology corporation headquartered in Palo Alto, California, United States. The...

  • National Instruments

    Service Providers, Independent/None
    United States | Staff size: 5001-10,000

    Since 1976, NI has made it possible for engineers and scientists to solve the world’s greatest engineering challenges with powerful, flexible technology solutions that accelerate...

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Key Information

LocationEast Asia and Pacific, Laos, Burma, Cambodia, Viet Nam
  • Start Date 2014
  • End Date 2019
  • ValueUSD 12.4 Million