HED Awards 13 More USAID-Funded Grants in Africa-U.S. Higher Education Initiative Grant Competition 

October 26, 2009 
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Funding was originally proposed and awarded for 20 partnerships in April 2009 (a complete list of winning partnerships is available at www.hedprogram.org). However, the competition drew such a high level of interest, with nearly 300 applications submitted, that USAID decided to award funding to 13 additional applications. Partnerships, comprised of one U.S. and one African higher education institution, will each receive $50,000 grants from USAID to develop plans to address regional and national economic development priorities including such as engineering, health, agriculture, environment and natural resources, science and technology, education and teacher training/preparation, and business, management, and economics. 

“We are extremely pleased to fund these additional 13 partnerships,” said Alonzo Fulgham, Acting Administrator of USAID. “With the addition of these 13, we now have a total of six historically black colleges and universities in the initiative and a number of well-respected, top-ranked academic institutions in the United States and throughout Africa. The expertise and experience delivered by these institutions will have a critical impact as this effort moves forward.” 

The following are the new 13 winning partnerships:

African Higher Education Institution
U.S.Higher Education Institution
Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
University of California, Los Angeles
Bayero University, Nigeria
Ohio University
Cuttington University, Liberia
Southern University System
International Institute for Water & Environmental Engineering, Burkina Faso
Tuskegee University
Kenyatta University, Kenya
Syracuse University
Kigali Health Institute, Rwanda
Emory University
Makerere University, Uganda
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Rhodes University, South Africa
University of Florida
University for Development Studies, Ghana
Florida A&M University
University of Cape Town, South Africa
University of Cincinnati
University of Ghana
Brown University
University of Liberia
Indiana University

HED manages the competition which grew out of the Africa-U.S. Higher Education Initiative (www.aplu.org), a collaborative effort between a number of higher education associations and other organizations, led by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (A۰P۰L۰U), formerly the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC).

“We are highly enthusiastic about the expansion of this effort,” said Dr. Tully Cornick, executive director of HED. “We were so impressed with the quality and caliber of the applicant pool; it was a difficult peer review process to whittle down a final list of winners. By funding these additional 13 partnerships, we recognize that even greater expertise, knowledge and connections will be brought to bear to address a variety of critical development needs.”

“Africa has an urgent need to strengthen institutions that cultivate human and research capacity.” said Peter McPherson, president of A۰P۰L۰U. “Working together in partnership, African and U.S. higher education institutions have the ability to increase the quality and access to education, and help solve local problems. The partnerships that will be created through this initiative have the potential to make a difference in the future of the African continent.”