USAID's Higher Education System Strengthening Activity

Focus Areas

Establishing a sustainable fundraising system at Pakistani public sector universities

One of the challenges in higher education across the world is affordability—if you have the resources, you get a great education. But most youth across the world, including in Pakistan, cannot afford higher education, even though they deserve to receive it. Research shows that education leads to better economic prospects, so one challenge that Pakistani […]

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Success Story: Advancing industry-academia partnerships & improving student services

HESSA principles in action at Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University (SBKWU), Balochistan Habib Mengal is the Director of the Advancement Cell at Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University (SBKWU) in Quetta, from the province of Balochistan, Pakistan. His responsibilities at the university include forging linkages with the community and society to help the students with financial […]

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Providing opportunities for students’ career development and entrepreneurship at Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University (SBKWU)

Dr. Farrukh Bashir receives her participation certificate at the HESSA student support services annual summit organized in Pakistan, July 2022 Dr. Farrukh Bashir is an Assistant Professor and focal person of ‘Kamyab Jawan Markaz (KJM)’ or ‘Students’ Facilitation Center’ at Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University (SBKWU), Quetta, Pakistan. She has been associated with the USAID’s […]

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USAID Imparts Leadership Training to Deans of Public Sector Universities

On October 26-27, 2022, the USAID’s Higher Education System Strengthening Activity (HESSA) conducted a two-day training titled ‘Advancing Leadership Capacities of Deans’ for public sector universities. In total, 29 Deans from 15 Pakistani partner universities participated in the training. The inaugural session was attended by Anne Flaker, USAID Director of Education; Asima Rehman, USAID Senior […]

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U Helps Prepare Pakistani Higher Ed to Meet Market Needs

A group of eight university Vice Chancellors from Pakistan recently spent a week training at the University of Utah as part of the Higher Education Systems Strengthening Activity (HESSA)–a USAID-funded, U-led project. During their one-week visit in July, the education leaders toured U facilities and learned more about U.S. university management. Pakistan’s population is the youngest […]

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Pakistani university presidents visit U Asia Campus, South Korea

As part of USAID’s Higher Education System Strengthening Activity (HESSA), the University of Utah Asia Campus hosted eleven Pakistani university presidents on a study tour of South Korea from March 13-17. The week-long visit was designed to help the Vice Chancellors learn more about the academic practices of Korean universities and public institutions and explore […]

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