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Academics without Borders - USA (AWB-USA) is committed to mobilizing academic communities throughout the world to assist institutions of higher education in developing nations in their efforts to improve both the quantity and quality of their programs. Through collaborations with institutions in these developing countries, our goal is to increase their capacity to produce the engineers, doctors, nurses, teachers and other professionals these countries will need to move forward in the 21st century.
AWB-USA’s work is organized around projects and based on formal partnerships with recipient institutions. Projects are first proposed by in-country institutions and then developed and refined collaboratively. Once a project plan is set and agreed to by both parties it is funded and staffed with AWB-USA field volunteers who are selected based on their expertise and the goals of the project. Volunteers, the heart of the organization, reflect a wide variety of backgrounds and experience including current or recently retired university and college faculty, post-doctorates, advanced graduate students, high-level
academic administrators, and non-academic professionals. Project work schedules can span several weeks, months, and in a few cases even longer periods of time. Similarly, the work itself can range from expansion of existing academic, professional, research, and technical programs to help setting up new ones - from teaching courses, to
supporting the development of essential non-academic administrative functions, such as computing and communications services, information systems, libraries, financial management, and student services.
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