ASU is advancing USAID’s goals of achieving broad-based, sustainable economic growth for long-term prosperity by bringing cutting-edge solutions to address the multifaceted economic challenges facing the developing world. ASU’s boundary-spanning approach brings together public and private partners and leverages the university’s significant strengths across numerous disciplines including business, law, public administration and engineering.
Workforce development: ASU has developed a model for vocational training that scales to the developing world, bringing a breadth and depth of workforce training capabilities to promote nimble, competitive economic growth. The resources of ASU’s Polytechnic Campus have been deployed around the world to advance developing countries’ capabilities in STEM professions, advanced manufacturing, clean energy, medical device development and cross-cutting technologies such as 3-D printing.
Entrepreneurship and innovation: Ranked as the #1 School for Innovation by U.S. News & World Report, ASU is a leader in strengthening entrepreneurial capacity in communities and individuals locally and globally. ASU brings a robust entrepreneurship curriculum, including specialized programming to empower women entrepreneurs. The world-renowned Thunderbird School of Global Management, now a part of ASU, offers entrepreneurship training programs designed to meet the specific needs of the developing world, proven through deployment in Peru, Afghanistan, Pakistan and beyond.
- Market access and supply chain: ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business brings world-class expertise in supply chain management, including procurement, logistics, operations management and supply chain performance optimization, to create solutions that provide market access in any resource context.
- Business-enabling environment: The interdisciplinary approach of ASU’s Watts College of Public Service and Community Service draws upon law, public administration, economics, innovation and government to facilitate meaningful social change. For example, the Center for Urban Innovation brings together scholars and policymakers to promote innovation in governance, policy and management to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods, cities and urban regions.
- Infrastructure: ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering is the largest engineering school in the nation, offering expertise for infrastructure projects in energy, construction, communications and more.
Based on the pillars of institutional policy, quality, curriculum, faculty innovation and technology, Building University-Industry Learning and Development through Technology (BUILD-IT) leverages deep and diverse government-industry-academic partners that share a goal of tightly linking science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) instruction in Vietnamese higher education institutions to the needs and capabilities of industry partners to produce graduates who can lead inclusive, technology-based growth. Supported by a $10.5m investment by USAID, BUILD-IT expands upon ASU successful implementation of the Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program (HEEAP), a USAID program that helps Vietnam to attract and sustain a healthy high-tech manufacturing industry. BUILD-IT strengthens the ability of Vietnamese universities to produce graduates equipped to drive the growth of high-tech industries in Vietnam by strengthening higher education policy; improving academic programs and their outcomes; and enabling university-private sector collaboration. The program couples engagement of government and university leaders for policy reform with strategic industry engagement to inform curricular design and garner supporting investments to promote long-term, sustainable growth.
HEEAP training at partner institution Cao Thang Technical College, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (credit: ASU Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.)