As higher education grows around the world, it serves as a driver of social and economic change, addresses global challenges, and allows participation in a knowledge-based economy.
USAID works in the higher education sector given its unique role to prepare the workforce, raise industry standards, build research and evidence and increase overall GDP to reduce extreme poverty. More prosperous countries with educated populations also make for better trading partners for the U.S.
In partnership with host country and U.S. higher education institutions, USAID develops relevant curricula, evidence-building research agendas, and increased community engagement. Faculty and students contribute to strengthening all sectors of the economy—from agriculture to energy, from business services to technology, and from health to engineering, among others.