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Higher Education for Development

  • NOTE: Higher Education for Development (HED) was an organization that worked in close partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and operated with the advice and counsel of the six major U.S. higher education associations to support the engagement of higher education in development issues worldwide. The contract with USAID came to a close at the end of FY 2015, and HED operations ceased at that time.
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  • HED Quarterly Newsletters

    Through quarterly newsletters, Higher Education for Development (HED) shares the successes and lessons learned of its wide range of international higher education partnerships. These partnerships are funded primarily by the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of State.

  • An Overview of HED Partnerships

    Higher Education for Development (HED) partnerships connect institutions and individuals through field work, exchanges, and joint research opportunities that often endure beyond the funding period. HED partnerships continuously educate and inform future leaders and practitioners in health, law, women’s leadership, education, business, environment, agriculture, democracy, and workforce development.

  • Success Story: Visually Impaired Students Find Independence Through Mobile Devices

    Before June 2012, when visually impaired students Sammy Luvonga and Silas Opanga attended classes at Kenyatta University (KU), they would bring a bulky manual brailler machine and expensive paper they purchased themselves. Today Sammy and Silas are among KU’s approximately 50 visually impaired students who have access to computers installed with special software called a screen reader.

  • Success Story: Entrepreneurship Training Inspires Jordanian Graduate to Design Dream Job

    Bilal Salman attended Al Quds College in Jordan, where he joined a program he says, “helps students create jobs instead of getting jobs.” The program, Community College Entrepreneurship: Integration to Incubation, began at AQC in January 2012 from a partnership between Al Quds College, Washtenaw Community College and William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan, both in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

  • Success Story: Prototype Device Faculty Training to Spur Moroccan Business Productivity

    Getting a new product idea from the conceptualization phase to a physical model can be a slow and expensive process for entrepreneurs leading start-up companies as well as established businesses. Thanks to a U.S.-Morocco higher education collaboration project, Ecole Supérieure de Technologie d'Oujda faculty are learning to create prototypes fast to support entrepreneurship and business development.

  • Success Story: Empowering Kenyan Pastoral Communities to Improve Dryland Conditions

    The pastoralist communities of Kenya’s drylands face marginalization due to drought, climate change, and its effect on natural resources. To help these communities escape the cycle of food insecurity and poverty, Colorado State University partnered with the University of Nairobi through Higher Education for Development (HED) to establish the Center for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystems and Societies (CSDES). The project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development.

  • Higher Education for Development Demonstrates Its Global Impact

    Higher Education for Development (HED), with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of State, brings together U.S. and host-country higher education institutions in partnerships that build institutional and human capacity in developing countries.

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