Premier Robert Ghiz is in Egypt this week with the president of UPEI for a trade mission in partnership with the university.
One of the key items on the agenda is post-secondary education.
Meetings were held between P.E.I. delegates and the October 6 University in Egypt. Officials there are looking to develop a kindergarten-to-Grade-12 school based on Prince Edward's Island's education curriculum.
“We are also taking this opportunity to promote our province’s ongoing effort to stimulate economic growth, trade, international investment and enhancements to our international role in post-secondary education," Ghiz said in a written statement to The Guardian.
But this certainly is not a routine trade mission for the P.E.I. delegation.
Parts of Egypt have erupted in political violence since their arrival. Three provinces in the country have been declared in states of emergency by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.
Monday marked the fifth day of deadly riots in the country as opposition groups rally on the anniversary of the toppling of former ruler Hosni Mubarak's regime. Even central Cairo was the scene of deadly unrest Monday.
Ghiz was unavailable for comment, but a spokesperson for the Premier's Office said the members of the trade mission are following the advice of Canadian security officials and are avoiding areas of public demonstrations.