USAID's Higher Education System Strengthening Activity

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The HESSA project aims to strengthen the capacity of Pakistan's higher education leaders to reform policies, manage organizational transformation, and improve global rankings and graduate success.

To accomplish this, HESSA will facilitate:

  • Baseline study of higher education institutions to better understand their growth potential and the associated challenges and opportunities
  • Assistance in creating stakeholder engagement offices
  • Bolstering 5-year strategic business plans and implementation targets
  • Addressing HESSA equity, diversity, and inclusion goals
  • Development and delivery of leadership training workshops
  • Building partnerships for resource mobilization
  • Preparing sustainable market-driven higher education policy framework


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.