APLU member institutions have been deeply engaged in international development for decades. This engagement is reflected in the Association’s international priorities. For over ten years, APLU has served as a vital link between the university community, USAID, and the Board on International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD). BIFAD was established by Title XII of the Foreign Assistance Act for the purpose of advising USAID on ways universities, particularly the land-grant institutions, can help the agency achieve its goals for agricultural development, broadly defined.
In 2007, APLU also launched the Africa-US Higher Education Initiative. This led to the subsequent establishment of the Knowledge Center on Higher Education for African Development in 2010 and its expansion to the Knowledge Center for Advancing Development through Higher Education in 2015. The Knowledge Center was established to strengthen higher education’s contributions to social and economic development in developing countries by gathering, analyzing and disseminating knowledge on capacity development of higher education institutions and systems, with a particular focus on university-to-university partnerships as a capacity building mechanism. To this end, the Knowledge Center convenes donors, researchers and practitioners for discussions about external support to higher education institutions and systems worldwide.
APLU has also engaged in the international development arena in other ways that support the missions of our institutions. Some of the more recent past projects APLU has undertaken are catalogued here.