USAID's Higher Education System Strengthening Activity

Focus Areas


Advancing the capacity of Pakistan’s higher education institutions
and systems to develop employable graduates.

Summit 2024
June 10 - 12
International Summit on Shaping the Future of Higher Education in Pakistan
Summit Outcome
Webinar for World Day for Cultural Diversity
May 21, 2024
Moderator: Natalie Humphrey, University of Birmingham Dubai
Webinar for World Day for Safety & Health at Work
April 30, 2024
Moderator: Ms. Ayesha Mujeeb, National University of Sciences and Technology


The Pakistan Climate Resilience Research Coordination Network (RCN) works to advance the capability of researchers to co-produce science-to-action interdisciplinary research, education, and workforce development. Those efforts, in turn, will improve climate adaptation and resilience in Pakistan.



The Higher Education System Strengthening Activity (HESSA) exists to address Pakistan’s mismatch in supply and demand of workforce development.

Launched in 2021, the five-year project will increase the employability of the Pakistani workforce through trainings to improve Higher Education graduate capacity, relevance, adequacy, and inclusivity.


  • The ecosystem drives excellence
  • Quality is worth more than quantity
  • Learn from indigenous models
  • Create policy for performance
  • Workforce development prepares good citizens

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  • Improved HEI organizational performance based on strategic planning.
  • Increased effective private sector partnerships and funding.
  • Enhanced curriculum to demonstrably improve graduate employability, including needed soft skills.
  • Expanded distance learning, financial aid, scholarship, and career pathways programs improving access for underserved populations and overall student success post-graduation.


This program is made possible by the support of the United States Government and the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the sole responsibility of the University of Utah and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the U.S. Government.

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