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Advancing Higher Education for Afghanistan's Development (AHEAD)

  • Afghanistan
2020 - 2025

The Advancing Higher Education for Afghanistan’s Development (AHEAD) program supports the government of Afghanistan and its Ministry of Higher Education to increase access to higher education for vulnerable populations, improve the quality and relevance of higher education to respond to market needs, and enhance the management and administrative capacity of higher education institutions (HEIs) and government counterparts.

Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), this program builds on the results of USAID’s previous higher education investments to accelerate human and institutional capacity in Afghanistan. As the lead partner for AHEAD, FHI 360 will operationalize support for the ministry and HEIs through a network approach that partners with lead universities in key growth sectors, including agriculture, business, education and health. The program’s consortium of experts also includes U.S.-based universities and other institutions:

  • University of Massachusetts – education
  • University of Minnesota – health education
  • Virginia Polytechnic and State University – agriculture education, technical and vocational education and training
  • American University of Afghanistan – business education
  • Asian Institute of Technology – e-learning resource partner

AHEAD will establish higher education networks in Afghanistan that will benefit from a larger number of institutions and a broader set of activities than traditional university-to-university partnerships. The networks will foster and model outcomes-based pedagogical practices and effective collaboration across public and private HEIs in five provinces.

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