Dr. Khalid Siddiqi, Chair-Construction Management, and Dr. Hussein Abaza have collaborated on the successful award of two grants, funded through the U.S. State Department, totaling $2 million. The first grant was awarded to establish an academic partnership in Communication Design with Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Karachi, Pakistan. The partnership between Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) and Indus Valley University (IVU) is particularly interesting because it involves New Media Arts, Architecture, IT, and Game Design. The second grant awarded will lead to the establishment of a Center for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with Georgia Tech, Kabul Polytechnic University (KPU), Afghanistan, and SPSU. The GIS Center will collaborate to address the needs of the faculty of Geology and Mining at KPU to renovate and equip two GIS classrooms, develop four GIS courses tailored to the Afghan context, and to organize ArcGIS (a mapping and analysis software) training for KPU faculty and technicians. Congratulations to Dr. Siddiqi and Dr. Abaza on their result in pursuing these grants. We are looking forward to future updates.