AWB is pleased to work in partnership with other organizations to advance its work in building capacity in tertiary education institutions in the developing world. If your organization works in higher education and is interested in forming a partnership with AWB, please contact inquiry ( at ) awbc –

Agence universitaire de la francophonie, Montreal, Quebec

L’agence universitaire de la francophonie (AUF) is a multilateral organization that fosters cooperation and solidarity among francophone universities and contributes to the development of higher education and research. AUF has 659 members consisting of public and private universities, research centres, and institutes and networks connected to higher education. Its members are drawn from institutions in countries that are members of l’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie and other institutions that wish to be associated with the francophone world. AUF’s mission is to promote cooperation among its members and to promote the development of higher education and research. AWB will collaborate with AUF to run joint placements with institutions that are members of AUF.

Association for Higher Education and Development

The Association for Higher Education and Development is a Canadian NGO the mission of which is:

I. To contribute towards development efforts in Ethiopia by mobilizing, coordinating and channeling the necessary resources and relevant expertise to Ethiopian higher academic institutions.

II. To assist in the capacity building of the Addis Ababa University, Jimma University and Gandar University by responding to academic, infrastructure and resource needs.

III. To mobilize Ethiopians in the Diaspora and facilitate their contributions to and role in development undertakings in higher academic institutions in Ethiopia.

IV. To facilitate partnership between Ethiopian academic institutions and governmental, non-governmental and international organizations.

Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada

The Association of Registrars of the Universities of Canada was created in 1964 in response to the professional needs of student administrative services personnel in universities. In 1974 the Association’s name was changed to the Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada to reflect the increasing role of the colleges in this professional field and in the activities of the Association.

Today ARUCC has approximately 182 member institutions from all regions of Canada. Personnel representing the universities, community colleges and cegeps include registrars, admission directors, student records managers, student services managers and other personnel in the areas of student advisement and counselling, student financial aid and student placement. ARUCC is an Associate Member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and of the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CASE). ARUCC is a regional association of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).

Canadian Association for International Nursing

Many Canadian nurses go abroad to work or volunteer in less developed countries every year and contribute to thousands of humanitarian causes; yet despite common values, interest and intentions, we are not well-connected with each other. For lack of a structure to bring us together, we have worked in relative isolation. In 2007, CAIN was founded because we recognized this. We believe that by uniting to share our stories, plan and learn together, we can enhance the quality of our work.  By sharing access to preparatory resources, contacts in global health, capacity building and education, and allying ourselves as a group with humanitarian organizations, educational institutions and nursing associations, we can augment the efficiency and effectiveness of our projects.

Canadian Society for International Health, Ottawa, Ontario

The Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) is a national non-governmental organization that works domestically and internationally to reduce global health inequities and strengthen health systems. Founded in 1977, CSIH attempts to realize its goals through the dedication of its membership and staff. CSIH is governed by a Board of Directors.

CSIH members share a common interest and commitment to global health, global health research, and international development. Our members include individuals and organizations representing a broad spectrum of experience in various disciplines. Members contribute considerable time and energy to CSIH’s many activities, programs and projects, and connects CSIH to other organizations in Canada and abroad. Through the engagement of its members and partners, CSIH endeavors to bring together various communities engaged in global health in order to promote a collective agenda.

College and University Retiree Associations of Canada

CURAC is a federation of about 35 Canadian college and university retiree organizations on some sixty campuses in every province of Canada. Several of the CURAC member organizations are themselves federations of post-secondary retiree associations: the college retiree federations in BC and Ontario, and a federation within the Quebec university system. CURAC represents approximately twenty thousand college and university retirees across Canada.

The goals of CURAC include facilitating communication among college and university retirees; promoting the exchange of ideas on new and evolving models and best practices of retiree benefits and health care; and the support and encouragement of retirees’ continuing professional careers—whether faculty, management, or staff.

Division of Higher Education, UNESCO

Within the education sector, UNESCO promotes higher education in our increasingly knowledge-based society in which education is a key factor in cultural, economic and political development, and is also a capacity-builder from the inside and a promoter of human rights and sustainable development, democracy, peace and justice.

The Division of Higher Education supports the establishment of sustainable higher education by:

• Building and strengthening capacities at the national level,
• Providing global leadership in teacher training and related policy issues,
• Developing policy options for an educational response to the challenges of globalization through research and knowledge sharing,
• Assisting Member states in planning and developing sustainable policies in the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in lifelong education.

AWB will work in close cooperation with UNESCO’s Division on Higher Education notably through its UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme. This Programme was conceived as a tool to help and support research, training and programme development in higher education. The actions of UNESCO/UNITWIN Programme consist in building university networks and encouraging inter-university cooperation through transfer of knowledge and the exchange of professors/administrators/researchers/students across borders. Today 640 UNESCO Chairs and 62 UNITWIN Networks are established within the UNITWIN Programme, involving over 760 institutions in 125 countries.

ELSAN, Paris, France

ELSAN is France’s second largest private hospital company and was founded by Jérôme Nouzarède and Dr Michel Bodkier. As a leading healthcare provider in France, ELSAN is present in all regions and active in all hospital-related fields, including medicine, surgery, obstetrics, oncology, post-operative care and rehabilitation, home care, psychiatry and more. 14,000 employees and 4,000 independent doctors practicing in 80 clinics treat over 1,200,000 patients a year.

Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Faculty of Medicine is committed to the mission of the University of Montreal: its goal is to be at the forefront of knowledge and to have its central tasks of teaching and service to the community rest on its active participation in the advancement of knowledge.

In its constituent schools, departments, research centres, and university hospitals, the Faculty of Medicine organizes, coordinates, and puts to work the human and technical resources that are necessary for its triple mission: teaching, research, and the improvement of health. Moreover, it supports the roles of its academic units and encourages their accountability. In addition, it is involved with the planning and coordinating of inter-faculty and inter-university activities and with international cooperation.

The Faculty of Medicine’s most important assets are its professors, researchers, students, and staff. It desires that they acquire, utilize, and transmit knowledge. Also, it offers its students an academic environment and services to assist them in their education and is always open to learning about their needs and concerns. The Faculty advocates various values in all its activities, including, excellence, autonomy, probity, team work, ethics, the respect of others, and openness to collaboration. The ultimate objective is the well-being and the improvement in the quality of the life of the population.

Institute for Developing-Area Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Development research and teaching has never been as strong at McGill as it is today, and this is reflected in the renewed vibrancy of the Institute for Developing-Area Studies. With dozens of tenure-stream professors, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows working on issues relating to development, development studies has become a core strength of the Faculty of Arts, and an increasingly prominent feature of McGill. This renewed interest in development research and teaching builds on the strong foundation that was laid with the establishment of IDAS in 1963 and has allowed the Institute to become one of a few select North American centers for development research and teaching, generating impressive levels of original research, establishing new relations with the international development community, and training future generations of researchers, teachers, policymakers and development practitioners.

Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

Memorial University is the only university in the province and the largest in the region with about 18,000 students engaged in full and part-time studies at undergraduate and graduate levels. The university employs 950 full-time faculty (and 850 sessional instructors) and 2300 administrative and support staff. Memorial University College was founded in 1925 and granted university status in 1949. It operates from the main campus and the Marine Institute in St. John’s, Grenfell College in Corner Brook and Harlow, England.  The university is known for its strong research that takes advantage of its mid-North Atlantic location.

The Memorial University Pensioners Association (MUNPA) is a very active retiree association with about 1500 members and is a member of the College and University Retiree Associations of Canada (CURAC/ARUCC).

MicroResearch, Izaak Walton Killiam Health Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia

MicroResearch was founded in 2008 by three university professors; Robert Bortolussi, and Noni MacDonald from Dalhousie University and Jerome Kabakyenga from Mbarara University of Science and Technology, in Uganda. The MicroResearch Vision is to become globally recognized pioneer in training, mentoring, and support of multidisciplinary community focused health research with a commitment to positive societal change. The focus is on helping small interdisciplinary teams of health care professionals find local solutions for local problems that fit the community, the context and the local resources. Since its founding, MicroResearch has conducted over 25, 2-week-long workshops in Africa, trained 600 health care professionals and launched 38 community based research projects (20 completed) to improve local health care outcomes. MicroResearch is helping to integrate research into the fabric of the local health system and the community.

New European Surgery Academy, Berlin, Germany

The New European Surgical Academy (NESA) is an international, interdisciplinary organization with members in 54 countries and associated with international organizations like FIGO, Academics without Borders (AWB/USF), ACMIT – the Austrian Center for Medical Innovation and Technology, The Centro Chemis Iaccarino in Italy, the Danish Surgical Association and the German Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology to name a few. The NESA introduces new surgical methods and modifies and improves surgical procedures. The NESA created the first European working group for natural orifice surgery and initiates and performs surgical workshops in countries with limited resources.

St. Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

St. Thomas University is a liberal arts institution whose roots are in the faith and tradition of the Roman Catholic Church. We continue under its sponsorship. We provide an atmosphere hospitable to faith, in which the academic study of the Roman Catholic tradition and the experience of Christian life may be pursued with respect and freedom and where non- Catholic faculty and students are recognized and supported as full and equal participants in the University community.

We are a university primarily concerned with people, ideas, and values. It is an institution with a social conscience. We are united in the belief that women and men of divergent backgrounds and abilities should have an opportunity to learn and practice critical thought and to realize their intellectual potential in an academic setting that is both responsive and stimulating.

School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

With our strong international reputation and award-winning faculty and students, the UBC School of Nursing strives to bring excellence in research, scholarship and education to professional nursing practice. Over the course of our almost 90-year-history, we have consistently been recognized for professional, scholarly and academic achievement, and have established the reputation as a premier school in the field of nursing. Situated on the beautiful University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver, Canada, the UBC School of Nursing is at the forefront of nursing education, practice and research.

School of Social Work, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The School has a record of long-standing service to the professional, academic and Montreal community, since its foundation as the Montreal School of Social Work in 1923. The School’s staff and students have a continued commitment to furthering social justice and equality, as well as excellence in research and teaching.

Science Po Lille, Lille, France

Sciences Po Lille is a selective public teaching institution. It was founded in 1991 and is a member of the network of Political Studies Institutes attached to France’s National Foundation of Political Sciences (as are the Institutes of Aix-en-Provence, Bordeaux, Grenoble, Lyons, Paris, Rennes, Strasbourg and Toulouse).

Benefitting from its strategic geographic position at the crossroads of North-western Europe, between London, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and Cologne, Sciences Po Lille offers 5-year advanced programs that prepare graduates for administrative careers in France, in Europe and at the international level, as well as for corporate supervisory and managerial functions, and for teaching and research.

Due to its high visibility and prestigious reputation, the Institute is one of France’s most selective higher education Grandes Écoles; only between 6% and 12% of applicants successfully pass the School’s entrance examinations. Incoming cohorts include students from all regions of France, with increasing numbers of foreign students bringing added value to this diversity.

The international and multidisciplinary programs given by Sciences Po Lille encourage student recognition of excellence and receptiveness to new professional experiences as being fundamental to their studies. Agreements currently in preparation with a number of acclaimed foreign universities and high-ranking business schools, and the creation in 2011 of a joint curriculum with Lille’s École Supérieure for Journalism are further illustrations of our ongoing commitment to expanding the educational choices we offer.

Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C., Canada

Ranked by respected national surveys as one of Canada’s top three comprehensive universities for almost 20 years, Simon Fraser University is named after a famous explorer and known for its pioneering spirit. Spanning many disciplines in eight faculties, SFU offers more than 100 undergraduate major and joint major programs and more than 45 graduate offerings. Mentored by faculty acclaimed for their research and teaching abilities and coached by dedicated advisors and employers in our work integrated learning program, our more than 100,000 graduates enjoy limitless career opportunities.

Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) is a national association of academics interested in the improvement of teaching and learning in higher education.

Its members comprise faculty and teaching and learning resource professionals from institutions of post-secondary education across Canada and beyond.  Founded in 1981, the bilingual STLHE is home to the Educational Developers Caucus and the Council of 3M National Teaching Fellows.

The Society sponsors an annual conference, an electronic bulletin board, a national awards program, and publishes a tri-annual newsletter, Green Guides, and Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching.

Membership in the Society has many benefits, including an annual conference and professional networking opportunities.

Teaching Support Centre, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

The Teaching Support Centre works collaboratively with faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and staff to advance teaching and learning at The University of Western Ontario. We believe that the quality and value of university education is enriched through scholarship and pedagogical reflection. Working in partnership with Western Libraries and Information Technology Services, the mission of the Teaching Support Centre is to:

• lead and foster a culture of excellence in teaching and learning;
• enhance the practice of teaching and learning;
• nurture a community that values and recognizes teaching excellence and innovation;
• encourage the exploration of diverse learning styles and approaches to discovery;
• facilitate the globalization of education;
• contribute to the scholarship of teaching through research.

Universitaires sans Frontières/Academics without Borders, Lyon, France

Universitaires sans Frontières/Academics without Borders (USF-AWB) was created under French law in December 2009 by academics from Lyon, France, who have strong involvement internationally.  USF-AWB is an international network of volunteer academic consultants working with institutions of higher education in developing countries within a spirit of sustainable development policy.

University of the Fraser Valley, Abbottsford, B.C., Canada

The University of the Fraser Valley is a public post-secondary institution fully accredited by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development of the Government of British Columbia . UFV is also a full member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, which represents and provides services for all of Canada’s publicly recognized universities:

Nestled in the beautiful Fraser Valley just east of Vancouver, UFV has campuses in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, and Mission and regional centres in Hope and Agassiz. UFV is a university with a focus on teaching excellence, enrolling over 14,000 students per year. Most recently UFV was graded with an overall “A” average among Canadian universities in the annual University Report Card developed by Canada’s leading national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, in conjunction with The Strategic Counsel and Educational Policy Institute:

UFV is unique in that it offers traditional university degrees while also providing a wide variety of applied certificate and diploma programs as well as extensive developmental programs such as English as A Second Language and Adult Basic Education. The University is involved in many research projects that directly serve the community as well as discipline-based research. Many UFV programs offer a Co-operative Education (Co-op) option, combining study with supervised, professional, paid, off-campus work experience. Students from over 70 countries have attended UFV making it a diverse institution. UFV’s domestic population includes students from many ethnic, religious and national backgrounds. In particular, UFV has developed an emphasis in Indian and South Asian studies based at our Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies .

University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada

UPEI is committed to encouraging and fostering critical, creative, and independent thinking. UPEI’s 200-member faculty provides a rich blend of academic programs in Arts, Science, Business, Education, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine to over 3,500 full-and part-time students. Graduate programs, internship opportunities, and exchange programs are offered.

UPEI received top marks from its graduates for availability of faculty members, class size, quality of teaching, and for the level of satisfaction in the investment of time and money in acquiring a UPEI degree. Every year, the University of Prince Edward Island welcomes students from around the world and provides them with a unique learning environment – a learning environment that is student-centered and community-oriented.

University of Quebec at Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

University education and research by its nature is international. UQAM wishes to provide to its students an education that is open to the world and to its cultural diversity. To achieve this goal, it supports the international collaboration of the members of its university community by promoting mobility and in integrating in the activities that it offers on its Montreal campus, a rich international component. This has led UQAM to establish formal agreements with more than one hundred and fifty institutions on five continents, without counting the number of connections created by its membership in various university networks. UQAM’s mission includes service to the community, and in this spirit, it is engaged in projects in the developing world with local organizations and in collaboration with international and Canadian organizations.

Vancouver Island University, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Known as a centre of excellence for teaching, applied research and learning, Vancouver Island University (VIU) is producing quality graduates who are in demand by employers across the country and around the world.

With roots that date back to 1936 when Nanaimo’s first vocational training school opened its doors, VIU shares a rich history and connectedness with its communities.  It is this history and commitment to people who have provided VIU with a solid foundation on which we continue to grow.

VIU has evolved into a dynamic, internationally known university supporting a student population in excess of 18,000 full-and part-time learners, including 1100 international students, over 1000 aboriginal students, and employing over 2,000 faculty and staff.

Through our ongoing evolution and growth, VIU is proud to have contributed to the development of the Vancouver Island cultural, social, economic and knowledge base.