January 12, 2011 
Contact: Kellee Edmonds, (202) 375-7546


WASHINGTON, DC – “As we pause to commemorate the earthquake that ravaged the capital city of Haiti one year ago, HED is committed to supporting the efforts of U.S. higher education to help Haiti rebuild its higher education system that was virtually destroyed by the disaster.

HED manages four USAID-funded partnerships in Haiti, and in the months following the devastation, our efforts have focused on working with our partner institutions to develop post-quake implementation plans and strategies that will ultimately lead to a stronger system of higher education in Haiti than before the earthquake struck. 

HED, through its work with the six major U.S. presidential higher education associations, has a vested interest in Haiti’s postsecondary education infrastructure. While the pace of recovery in Haiti has been challenging, HED’s commitment to the country is unwavering.”


Information on HED's Haiti-U.S. partnerships

 * Higher Education for Development's fact sheet on its Haiti-U.S. partnerships provides the latest news on the four partnerships’ activities.

* Success Story: "Students’ Quick Return to Higher Education a Sign of Hope in Haiti." Virginia Polytechnic and State University/L'Ecole Supérieure d'Infotronique d'Haïti Partnership.


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