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We work to expand spaces for university education that will support vibrant and inclusive societies.
The Higher Education Support Program fosters capacity and leadership at universities to enable well-informed, vigorous social deliberation.

Higher Education Support Program

Higher education institutions and actors are critical in the establishment and consolidation of open societies. The Higher Education Support Program is committed to strengthening universities by fostering their capacity and leadership in pursuit of well-informed, vigorous, and inclusive communities.

Our strategy involves countries where higher education can play a decisive role in supporting open societies. The program focuses on the following two initiatives:

  • empowering independent voices and promoting substantive debate on higher education reform in countries in transition
  • bridging gaps in university curricula and knowledge production on issues of social justice, democratic practice, and human rights

​Through 2018, we will identify and focus on a limited number of countries in transition such as Burma, Palestine, Tunisia, and Senegal, among others, where reforms and improvement of higher education can lead to a more pluralistic and inclusive form of democratic education that contributes to social change.

We also work on the issue of food security in the context of climate change in Africa by supporting innovative knowledge networks and repositories where education resources are openly available, and contributing to a South–South policy dialogue.