Capacity Building in Higher Education

Academics Without Borders (AWB) is a Montreal-based, not-for-profit organization that supports capacity building projects in the higher education sector in low- and middle-income countries. These projects are aimed at increasing the local capacity of universities, in order to further advance their academic and research goals, as well as contribute to their own countries’ human development. AWB offers volunteer-based opportunities for Canadian university faculty members and staff interested in joining existing projects or applying for new ones.

Examples of projects:

  • Building academic programs
  • Curriculum development
  • Graduate workshop
  • Improving pedagogy
  • Policy assessment
  • Research capacity
  • University governance

AWB projects are conceived to build on established relationships between faculty members or staff and their colleagues at collaborating tertiary institutions. The partner university is expected to cover part of the costs, and lead the design and implementation of projects. AWB might cover the following expenses:

  • Airport transfers
  • Economy air travel
  • In-transit costs for hotels and meals
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Necessary vaccinations and medications
  • Stipend for living expenses
  • Visa

Carleton volunteers have been involved in several projects:

  • Local-based internationalization of higher education frameworks (current) | Colombia
  • Pedagogical strategies and quality of education for faculty members | Thailand
  • Academic writing and research development | South Africa
  • Strategic planning | Uganda
  • Capacity building and conflict resolution | Sudan

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For questions, please contact:

Ridhima Peravali
International Outreach Manager
Carleton International