Higher Education for Development _HED_ - Confex by hcj


									Higher Education for
Development (HED)
      Paving the Path for Workforce
   Development and Entrepreneurship
 through International Higher Education

              Marilyn Crane
         HED Senior Program Specialist

               April 23, 2012
           AACC Annual Convention

• About HED
• Higher Education: An Engine for Development
• Current Broader Middle East and North Africa Region
  Partnerships with U.S. Community Colleges
• Get Connected with HED
          Today’s Session and Panelists
       Paving the Path for Workforce Development and
        Entrepreneurship through International Higher
                    Education Partnerships
•   Dr. Bryan Albrecht, President, Gateway Technical College

•   Dr. Judy Hogan, Dean of Business, Middlesex Community College

•   Dr. Jack Bermingham, President, Highline Community College
                                     About HED
• HED Mission: supporting partnerships between U.S.
  and host country higher education institutions to address
  local and national development challenges.
• Founded by six higher education presidential
  associations1 in 1992. Formerly known as “Association
  Liaison Office for University Cooperation in
  Development” (ALO).
• Funded as a nonprofit by USAID/EGAT, USAID Bilateral
  Missions, and the U.S. State Department.
*HED was founded by the American Council on Education, American Association of Community Colleges,
American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Association of American Universities, the
Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and the National Association of Independent Colleges 
and Universities.
HED is supported through a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Agency for 
International Development and the American Council on Education.  

HED operates with the advice and counsel of the six major higher education associations:
    American Council on Education
    American Association of Community Colleges
    American Association of State Colleges and Universities
    Association of American Universities
    Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
    National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
                                                                    Reproduced with permission from the organizations
  U.S. Higher
U.S. Higher                                    Host-Country
Education          Partnerships Forged       Higher Education
                                           Higher Education
Institution                                      Institution
                 Human and Institutional
                   Capacity Developed
                                           Host-Country Led
 Higher Education: An Engine for Development
• HED’s activities are foreign policy-driven.
    – Recent foreign assistance funding reveals U.S. government’s support for
    higher education.
    – HED supports the development priorities and reforms from the U.S. Department
       of State and USAID.

• International higher education partnerships yield results and show
  “soft diplomacy” can influence tough global development issues.
   – Workforce Development
   – Business Development and Entrepreneurship
   – Climate Change
   – Food Security

                              (USAID Education Strategy: www.usaid.gov/our_work/education_and_universities)
      Current BMENA-U.S. CC Partnerships
     BMENA–U.S. Community College Small Grants Initiative (4)

• Mataria Technical College/Highline Community College 
   Leveraging Community College Workforce Development Expertise: Creating
   Educational Pathways to High Skills Employment at Mataria Technical College

2. Al-Huson University College/Al-Balqa Applied University/Red Rocks 
   Community College Expanding Jordan’s Green Collar Workforce: An International
   Partnership to Establish an Associate Degree Program in Solar Energy Technology
3. Al Quds College/ Eastern Iowa Community College District/Muscatine 
   Community College Economic Empowerment through Entrepreneurship

4.  Ecole Supérieure de Technologie Oujda/Gateway Technical College
   Automotive Diagnostics Training Partnership
    Current BMENA- U.S. CC Partnerships
        BMENA - U.S. Community College Entrepreneurship 
                        Partnerships (6)

• Bahrain Polytechnic /Central Community College (Neb.) Bahrain
   Entrepreneurship Project
2. Al Quds College/Washtenaw Community College (Mich.)/William 
   Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan  Community College
   Entrepreneurship: Integration to Incubation
3. Ecole Normale Supérieure de l’Enseignement Technique de Rabat/Ecole 
   Normale Supérieure de l’Enseignement Technique/Middlesex Community 
   College (Mass.)/Bristol Community College (Mass.) Linkages for
   Entrepreneurship Achievement Project (LEAP)
4.  Ecole Supérieure de Technologie, Oujda/Université Mohammed I Oujda/ 
   Gateway Technical College (Wisc.)  Collegiate Entrepreneurship and
   Collaborative Strategies
    Current BMENA- U.S. CC Partnerships
         BMENA - U.S. Community College Entrepreneurship 
             Proposal Development Grants (6)  (continued)

5.  Al-Kafaàt Europa School of Technology /Nassau Community College 
   (N.Y.)/Monroe Community College (N.Y.)/North Country Community 
   College (N.Y.)/Onondaga Community College (N.Y.)/  SUNY Community
   College Consortium

6.  Sana’a Community College/Eastern Iowa Community College 
   District/Tulsa Community College (Okla.)  Economic Empowerment through
 Workforce Development/Entrepreneurship
• The focus on local workforce development and capacity building
  translates to community and global development.

• Traditional and online courses are being created and translated in
  marketing, small-business management, and finance.

• U.S. community colleges are uniquely positioned to support
  curriculum and career development that give people skills to work in
  today’s environment.
    – Solar Energy and Transportation

• The BMENA-U.S. Community College partnerships give
  “community” a role in higher education partnership development.
    – Local advisory boards included industry, private sector, public sector in addition
      to trained faculty.
    Current Request for Applications (RFA)
Paraguay: Women’s Leadership Program in Agriculture (2012)
      Application Deadline: June 5, 2012

Armenia: Women’s Leadership Program (2012)
     Application Deadline: June 25, 2012

Rwanda: Women’s Leadership Program in Agriculture (2012)
     Application Deadline: June 20, 2012

Rwanda: Women’s Leadership Program in Education (2012)
     Application Deadline: July 9, 2012

RFA Watch: South Sudan: Women’s Leadership Program (2012)
RFA Watch: Colombia-U.S. Human Rights Law School Partnership (2012)
RFA Watch: Initiative for Conservation in the Andean Amazon (2012)
         Tips for Responding to an HED RFA
•   Consider WHO on your staff can write a response to the HED RFA.

     – Consider skill sets that include grant writing experience, technical expertise,

        commitment, etc.

•   Allow enough TIME to study criteria in the RFA, write and edit your application.

•   Register for and ASK questions during the RFA-related information session.

•   Link partnership goals with RFA/USAID goals (and/or the U.S. Department of State goals)

    and the strategic objectives of the USAID Mission in the host country.

•   Consider what will constitute “success” or “sustainability” in concrete development terms.

•   Clearly demonstrate mutuality and reciprocity at the human and institutional level.
Keys to Sustainable Higher Education Partnerships
•   Host-country partners involvement/participation:
       a) in the critical process of determining performance objectives.
       b) in the selection of the U.S. partner institution.

•   Emphasis on host-country human and institutional capacity:
       a) improving the host country work environment - attract academics back to their home
          countries after studying abroad for advanced degrees.
       b) objectives clearly focus on providing results that build capacity.

•   U.S. institutional commitment and engagement:
       a) genuine support for and commitment to – at the highest levels of the institution – the
          partnership relationship.
       b) sincere cultural sensitivity & awareness of technological constraints on the part of the
          participating partners.

•   Long-term mutual benefit and desire for continued professional and
    institutional relationships and networks.
           Get Connected with HED
•HED Website (Request for Applications-RFAs)
•News Releases
•Social Media Networks
  –Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/hedprogram

                       (visit www.hedprogram.org)

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