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We work to expand access to university education in support of vibrant and inclusive societies.
The Higher Education Support Program encourages innovation in teaching and research, greater access to higher education for marginalized populations, and ensuring accountability and integrity in university governance.

Higher Education Support Program

The Higher Education Support Program works to protect and strengthen open societies by supporting those universities that nurture critical minds, defend pluralism, and foster active citizenship. Working with grantees and partners in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, the Higher Education Support Program supports innovative teaching and research, intellectual freedom, the expansion of marginalized groups’ access to higher education, and good practices in university governance.

Promoting University Integrity and Academic Freedom

With corruption and politics undermining the higher education sector in many parts of the world, the Higher Education Support Program collaborates with universities, higher education authorities, and civil society organizations to make university governance both fairer and more efficient. The Higher Education Support Program is also committed to advancing university autonomy and academic freedom by supporting those regional and global actors who serve as exemplars of free and independent thought.

Inclusive Universities

Over the past 15 years, enrolment in higher education has increased globally. Despite this positive trend, however, university doors remain closed to many aspiring students—especially those in communities that are marginalized already. The Higher Education Support Program works to increase the participation of disadvantaged and excluded populations in higher education by supporting universities’ efforts to develop inclusive policies and practices, and to design curricula and research to help promote further inclusion.

Higher Education for Refugees

The global refugee population is now larger than at any time since World War II. The average length of displacement is 17 years. In the face of such chaos and displacement, higher education can provide students with a stable trajectory and a feeling of self-reliance. It can also contribute to producing the human resources that post-conflict reconstruction will require. While it does not provide individual scholarships or fellowships, the Higher Education Support Program is committed to expanding refugee access to higher education, and supports institutions that create innovative programs in direct response to refugee crises around the world.