Indiana University

Office of International Development

A Division of the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs

Current OID Projects

Liberia: Center for Excellence in Health and Life Sciences



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.

Indonesia: Higher Education Leadership and Management



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.

China: Zhejiang University American Studies Program


$240,000 To Date

OID has partnered with Zhejiang University, one of China’s top 10 institutions of higher education, to offer a select group of undergraduate students the opportunity to spend a month each summer learning about American culture and heritage while considering their prospects for graduate study. OID organizes and manages the program, welcoming students to New York City for the first days of their stay and then hosting them on the Bloomington campus for the following three weeks. During their visit, the students engage in a range of academic, cultural, business, and leisure activities, introducing them to the way of life in the United States. The trip ends with a three-day chaperoned experience in Washington, D.C., where they have the opportunity to meet with political figures as well as visit many of our nation’s impressive landmarks.

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.