Current OID Projects
USAID/Liberia and HED have awarded Indiana University $7.2 million to establish a Center for Excellence in Health and Life Sciences (CEHLS) at the University of Liberia (UL) and its sister public institution, the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts. The purpose in creating CEHLS is to build the capacity of UL academic and research programs to address a national shortage of health care workers. This will be accomplished through curriculum and faculty development of new programs in bio-technology, public health, nurse-midwifery, and enhanced pre-clinical science training in medicine and pharmacy.
To this end, CEHLS is committed to attracting the most qualified students into the health and life sciences curriculum. Project goals include improving the quality of teaching and offering teaching and learning support to students through access to computers and library resources, internships, service learning opportunities, and hands-on laboratory experience in real-world research activities. The University of Massachusetts Medical School is a major partner in the project, focusing on the pre-clinical science component of the curriculum at UL’s Digliotti School of Medicine and in Nursing Leadership Training.
For additional information on this project, please visit the CEHLS website.
The strategy of the HELM project is to leave a legacy of stronger management systems in Indonesia’s higher education sector that will continue to improve academic quality, not just in a limited one-time manner, but in a regular and systematic fashion over the short, medium, and long terms. This project provides technical assistance to strengthen the capacity of Indonesian higher education institutions to perform effectively in four core areas: financial management, general administration and management, quality assurance, and collaboration with external stakeholders. Given USAID’s investments in teacher training programs, the HELM project will also target several institutions of higher education that have teacher training and/or education administration and management programs.
Indonesia has 10 to 12 programs in education management, though almost all of them focus on primary and secondary education. To help at least three Indonesian higher education institutions develop or strengthen post-graduate programs in higher education leadership and management, HELM will support them in developing curriculum (creating connections with other disciplines within the university as appropriate), adapting teaching methods to support the chosen curriculum if needed, and targeting program communications to attract students. To accomplish this task Chemonics has selected OID to help administrators identify how to differentiate their program from others as well as identify and/or implement methods to attract students.
To learn more, please visit the Chemonics website.
$217,691 To Date
The Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA) with the Department of State has awarded Indiana University $217,691 to manage a student exchange program for Burmese youth leaders in Spring 2014 and Spring 2015. The Youth Leadership Program with Burma (YLPB) offers a wide variety of hands-on experiences for young leaders from Burma as a means to promote civic engagement, social responsibility, and fundamental leadership skills that will position participants as community leaders in their evolving country. As a program sponsored by ECA, YLPB seeks to promote the agencies objective of international mutual understanding through a wide range of academic, cultural, professional, and sports exchange programs such as YLPB. Alumni of ECA exchanges from over 160 countries compromise over 350 million current or former heads of state and government. More information on ECA’s programs can be found at http://exchanges.state.gov/.
In April, 2014, OID hosted the first round of program participants. Students engaged in a series of activities around campus and the community visiting Indiana University departments such as the Indiana Daily Student to learn more about media consumption and journalism as well as local grassroots and national non-profit organizations such as United Way and Goodwill Inc. Discussions on human rights and sustainability were led by University and community leaders to encourage social responsibility and engagement with current and relevant issues facing these participants. A reunion for the 2014 participants to discuss post-program activity will be held in December 2014 and programming has begun in preparation for the second round of participants in April 2015.
Kyrgyzstan: AUCA Endowment
IU has been closely associated with the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) since 1999, helping to make a successful transition to democracy following the pro-democracy revolution in Kyrgyzstan. Because of its integral involvement, IU was approached by USAID in 2002 with a request to establish and manage a multi-million dollar endowment for AUCA (funding from USAID and George Soros’s Open Society Institute). The purpose of the endowment is to underwrite AUCA’s operational costs.