Twenty Partnerships Awarded USAID-Funded Grants in Africa-U.S. Higher Education Initiative Grant Competition 

April 13, 2009 
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WASHINGTON, DCThe U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Higher Education for Development (HED) announced today 40 paired winners of the Africa-U.S. Higher Education Initiative Planning Grant Competition.Nearly 300 applications were submitted for capacity-building partnerships between U.S. colleges and universities and higher education institutions in Sub-Saharan African nations.Paired winners will receive planning grants from USAID of $50,000 each.

“This competition is an important opportunity to build the kind of higher education capacity critical to the development of Africa,” said Joseph Carney, director of USAID’s Office of Education. “This initiative was proposed during the Higher Education Summit for Global Development and subsequent regional summit held in Rwanda last year. We are delighted to see this effort moving forward and expect great results from these planning grants.”

The 40 paired winning institutions include:

U.S. Higher Education Institution

African Higher Education Institution

Calvin College

Milton Margai College of Education and Technology, Sierra Leone

Cleveland State University

Copperbelt University, Zambia

Colorado State University

University of Nairobi, Kenya

Durham Technical Community College

Kigali Institute of Science &Technology, Rwanda

George Mason University

University of Sierra Leone

Georgia State University

International University of
, Cote d’Ivoire

Michigan State University

University of Malawi

North Dakota State University

Makerere University, Uganda

OklahomaState University

Hawassa University, Ethiopia

Texas A&M University

University of Namibia

The George Washington University

Moi University, Kenya

The Ohio State University


Université Gaston-Berger
, Senegal

Troy University

University of Liberia

Tufts University

Muhimibili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania

University of Alabama at Birmingham

University of Zambia

University of Connecticut

Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

University of the Pacific

School of Finance and Banking,Rwanda

Virginia Tech University

Catholic University of Sudan

West Virginia University

Catholic University of Mozambique

Wheelock College-Boston

University of Education, Winneba, Ghana

These paired institutions will use the grants to develop plans to address regional and national economic development priorities such as engineering, health, agriculture, environment and natural resources, science and technology, education and teacher training/preparation, and business, management and economics.

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

“We were elated by the astounding number of highly qualified applications received, and even more pleased by how many applications demonstrated a strong understanding of higher education needs in Africa,” said Dr. Tully Cornick, executive director of HED. “The top 40 paired winning institutions represent the best of these applications, and plans that are developed as a result of the grants will address a variety of critical development needs. It is our belief that if funding is found to implement these plans, we will see tangible, measurable and sustainable impact made in these African countries.”

“This important initiative continues to illustrate the enormous unmet need for higher education partnerships in Africa,” added Peter McPherson, president of APLU. “We see this as just the beginning – this is an ongoing campaign to accomplish much more in engaging higher education institutions in Africa.”