Higher education & learning

Young people have a vital role to play in development, as change makers and future leaders in the public sector, in business, in NGOs and in communities. 

Universities are important sites to nurture their skills and to harness that energy for social change.

We support universities and academics to transform curricula and teaching practices in order to prepare students for future roles in society, business and public institutions. 

Female lecturer in foreground lectures a room of students

Our approach is to:

Support higher education institutions to re-think and re-design their teaching and learning programmes

  • Working with universities and their teaching staff to strengthen curricula and pedagogy, with a particular emphasis on responsiveness to gender and other dimensions of exclusion.
  • Supporting higher education institutions to embed critical thinking and problem-solving skills in curricula and pedagogy 
  • Develop student-focused teaching that helps students learn how to think, not what to think 

Support academic teachers to develop their skills ‘on the job’

  • Enabling teaching staff to learn by doing, working with their peers to re-design courses and explore new pedagogies, and supported by experienced mentors
  • Working with universities to develop professional learning and mentoring programmes for teaching staff, to enable individuals to develop their professional skills and knowledge. 
  • Supporting universities to identify how policy and procedures can be strengthened to create an “enabling environment” at the institutional level

Build networks between universities and their communities

  • Engage business, communities and the public sector so that curricula are relevant and to encourage learning experiences beyond the classroom, through placements and internships
  • Forging relationships with civic and private sector organisations to encourage learning experiences beyond the classroom, through placements and internships 

Graduates need to be able to see a problem, break it down and understand it.

Professor George Ladaah Openjuru, Vice Chancellor, Gulu University, Uganda