Arizona State University partners with educators and policymakers in developing countries as they work to build and enhance capacity in both basic and higher education.
As home to the largest teaching college in the U.S. — the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College — ASU offers an exceptional array of capabilities and knowledge assets for international development projects focused on K-12 education. In addition to consistently ranking among the top five graduate teaching programs in the nation, the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College leads multiple cross-disciplinary efforts to enhance educational outcomes for K-12 students in the U.S. and abroad.
The Center for Advanced Studies in Global Education, housed at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, supports research projects around the world—from China to Costa Rica to Argentina—and offers scalable professional development programs that have drawn hundreds of leading educators and administrators from countries including India, South Sudan, Palestine and Mexico.
ASU can rapidly apply cutting-edge research from U.S. Department of Education-funded projects at the frontiers of educational and pedagogical innovation, and mine a wide array of domestic education projects for insight that can be mapped onto international contexts.
- ASU’s capacities in online education delivery allow us to train teachers anywhere at low cost. The Sanford Inspire Program at ASU provides educators with free, online tools and resources that can be readily deployed in pre-K-12 classrooms to enrich students’ educational experience.
For four years running, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Arizona State University as the most innovative university in the U.S., ahead of MIT and Stanford. ASU’s radical transformation is a model for how universities can achieve excellence in research and teaching while realizing unprecedented inclusiveness. As an international exemplar in higher education transformation, ASU shares its approach to institutional design to help universities and tertiary education systems in the developing world to achieve better outcomes.
With over 100 international university partnerships and linkages to ministries of education and governments throughout the world, ASU has extensive experience in understanding and satisfying local partner needs.
The ASU+GSV Summit is the world’s premier gathering of leaders in education and technology. Hosted by ASU, the event brings together entrepreneurs, investors, philanthropists, policymakers, educators and other advocates of education innovation to facilitate dialogue, fundraising, strategic partnerships and advocacy for higher education solutions.
- ASU is a founding member of the recently launched University Innovation Alliance, a coalition of 11 public research universities collaborating to boost the number of students from all economic backgrounds who earn a college degree. The research and capabilities of the alliance are scalable to support the development of higher education in the developing world.
ASU’s Center for Education Through eXploration (ETX) is advancing the concept of teaching through exploration of the unknown, centering on transdisciplinary questions rather than established disciplines. The ETX Center develops and deploys digital learning products and platforms that are engaging, adaptive and transdisciplinary, capable of advancing education through exploration at scale in emerging country contexts.
Higher Education Activity in Malawi
The Strengthening Higher Education Access in Malawi Activity (SHEAMA) is an ASU-led partnership with five Malawian universities, supported by USAID, that aims to transform higher education in Malawi. SHEAMA transfers knowledge ASU has acquired over nearly 20 years of its own transformation to the capacity strengthening needs of Malawi’s higher education institutions while promoting local ownership through a “radical collaboration” model that ensures long-term sustainability and impact. The program improves post-secondary education access through technical assistance in uptake of innovative technologies and mentoring in instructional design to improve the scale and impact of distance learning. In addition to promoting institutional and systemwide improvements, SHEAMA prioritizes the needs of Malawi’s most vulnerable students, including adolescent girls and young women and persons with disabilities, and creates facilitates new employment pathways for students.
Malawian students in the Strengthening Higher Education Access in Malawi Activity (SHEAMA) program. (credit:ASU International Development)