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International University Partnerships at Risk Due to Proposed Budget Cut

September 18, 2013


The Chronicle of Higher Education reported this morning that a proposed 80 percent budget cut by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) endangers more than three dozen international higher education partnerships managed by Higher Education for Development (HED).

HED is a nonprofit organization that supports partnerships between U.S. colleges or universities and higher learning institutions in host countries. Funding for the partnerships comes from USAID through a cooperative agreement with ACE.

The latest five-year HED budget was agreed to in 2010 and runs through the end of fiscal year 2015.

ACE Senior Vice President Terry Hartle told The Chronicle that USAID has signaled it would prefer to operate its grant programs directly rather than through separate groups like HED. However, Hartle added, the shift “shouldn't be at the cost of ‘disrupting successful relationships they've made a multiyear commitment to.’”

HED is supposed to manage 41 partnerships involving 93 higher education institutions worldwide in fiscal year 2014. Institutions from all sectors of the American higher education community are involved in the program, including two-year, four-year, public and private institutions, and minority serving institutions.

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