In 2015, Sands Cares hit its stride as a global corporate citizenship program focused on our people, planet and communities. Going beyond the building stages, we moved further into several core areas with deeper commitments, as well as initiated new partnerships and programs to entrench our support.
At the global level, we expanded our efforts to improve career opportunities of our people and professionals in the hospitality industry. In 2015, we introduced an accelerated corporate training and development program in Macao, Sands China Academy. To drive excellence in the industry, we continued our multi-year support of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Center for Professional and Leadership Studies (PLuS Center) and the Adelson Advanced Education Center located at The Venetian Macao, supporting universities and institutions in Macao.
In our local communities, we continued our focus on programs that make our cities better places to live with support for organizations that create livability and jobs, attract development and help solve social problems. In 2015, Sands Cares made strides with programs in education and homelessness in Las Vegas, social services in Macao, arts and education in Singapore and community beautification and education in Bethlehem.
A key highlight of 2015 was the massive global hygiene kit build for our corporate partner, Clean the World, which collects, recycles and distributes soap to those in need around the world. The build was the first time Team Members in every region came together for a single global cause to benefit their local communities. We built 200,000 kits in 24 hours to help countless people through the gift of a hygiene kit made from reprocessed soap and other products from hotels such as ours and others in the hospitality industry.