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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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • March 25, 2013

    USAID and Higher Education for Development Announce Women's Leadership Program

    The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Higher Education for Development (HED) have announced that five universities in the United States have been selected to partner with higher education institutions in five countries to promote gender equality and women’s leadership.

  • February 11, 2013

    Innovative Partnerships Between U.S. & South American Universities to Address Andean Amazon Conservation

    To combat deforestation in the Andean Amazon, four U.S. universities have been awarded funding by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through Higher Education for Development (HED) to partner with South American universities to enhance local biodiversity conservation and sustainability.

  • September 26, 2012

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    Higher Education for Development Announces U.S.-Tunisian Partnerships on Sustainable Practices

    Higher Education for Development (HED), with joint funding support from the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has announced two higher education partnerships focused on water management and renewable energy technologies in Tunisia’s agricultural and industrial sectors.

  • August 1, 2012

    State Department Higher Education Partnership Promotes Cleaner Production Practices Across the Americas

    Higher Education for Development (HED), with funding support from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, today announced a three-year higher education partnership aimed at promoting sustainable manufacturing and economic growth in Latin America.

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    The ACE Corporate Membership program offers engagement opportunities and access to ACE leadership and members; communications and insights to help you understand how to better serve campuses throughout the country; year-round visibility and brand awareness; and special opportunities aligned with the ACE Annual Meeting, the nation’s premier higher education event.

  • Success Story: Armenian Partnership Navigates Path to Women's Empowerment

    ​Arizona State University and Yerevan State University (YSU) have partnered to develop YSU’s capacity to deliver women’s leadership education and enhance the quality of information regarding women’s leadership and gender issues available to students, faculty, and the local community in Armenia.



USAID HED is supported through a cooperative agreement between the United States Agency for International Development and the American Council on Education. The information provided on this website is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.

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