Human and Institutional Capacity Development (HICD)

Relevant, responsive and robust higher education systems and institutions play a critical role in sustainable economic and social development around the world. They are essential to economic growth and provide long-term benefits for society. The Center for Global Connectios (CGC) is a leader in partnering with such institutions in developing countries to build capacity in research, teaching, outreach and administration that responds to development challenges their nations face.

USAID/HED Women’s Leadership in Agriculture Program in Rwanda

CGC partnered with the University of Rwanda and Washignton State University to implement a women’s leadership program designed to support access of women to higher education and advanced degrees, to stengthen institutional capacity in research and education on women’s leadership, and to promote women’s leadership through higher education extension and outreach efforts in undeserved communities. CGC built upon its efforts by co-designing and facilitating participatory training tailored for the University of Rwanda’s academic leadership.

Academy for Global Engagement at Michigan State University

CGC and the College of Engineering at MSU developed and implemented the Academy for GLobal Engagement. This fellowship program is for early- and mid-career tenure-track faculty in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the College of Engineering. CGC works with the fellows to heighten their global awareness and discourse, while helping them develop their research story through a set of workshops and hands-on activities that introduces them to federal funding agencies, development firms and foundations. The fellows are expected to collaborate with international research institutes and partners, establishing long-term relationships that will build their international reserach portfolios.

Land Administration to Nurture Development in Ethiopia

In partnership with USAID/TetraTech’s Ethiopia Land Administration to Nurture Development (LAND) project, CGC has worked with government ministries, international land administration projects, private sector real estate and construction firms, technical and vocational training institutions, and universities to deliver a labor demand assessment and a national training and education strategy for the Ethiopian land administration sector. Facilitating such cross-sector collaboration is critical to reach and sustain development goals, and is a central feature of CGC’s HICD approach.  

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