Article about AWB’s work with African Institute for Mathematical Sciences

3 men standing in front of a bookshelfAIMS works with partners to develop environmental policy – October 13

“The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) initiated a project to develop a comprehensive environmental policy for the AIMS network. AIMS acknowledges the importance of protecting environmental values as part of the global community. This project was developed with the assistance of Academics Without Borders and the University of Calgary.” “…Professor Getachew Assefa from the University of Calgary, working as an AWB volunteer on the project, donated his time and talent to assist AIMS in developing its first environmental policy.”

Read the full AIMS article here.

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AWB’s Executive Director participates in panel at Carleton University

Greg Moran, Executive Director of AWB, participated in a panel of experts on the topic of internationalization at a Sept. 9, 2019 event to support strategic planning at Carleton University. Carleton posted an article about the event on its website – read “Strategic Planning Speaker Series Explores a Global Perspective” here!

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Library Science at University of Central Asia

Academics Without Borders (AWB) is a Canadian nonprofit organization. Its mission is to help developing countries improve their universities so that they can train their own experts and conduct research to assist in their countries’ development. AWB’s projects are involved in the full range of university activities from expanding and improving existing institutions and programs to helping create new ones. AWB fulfills its mission by sending volunteers on projects that originate in and are owned by developing world institutions. AWB volunteers are reimbursed for their expenses but are not paid a salary.

Job Reference:

Integrated Library Management System Training at the University of Central Asia

Number of Volunteers:

One (1)

Partner Organization:

University of Central Asia

The University of Central Asia was founded in 2000. The Presidents of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan signed the International Treaty and Charter establishing this secular and private University.

The mission of the university is to promote the social and economic development of Central Asia with a particular emphasis on the mountain societies, while helping the people of the region to preserve and draw upon their rich cultural traditions and heritages as assets for the future.

The University of Central Asia seeks to contribute leadership, ideas, and innovations to the transitioning economies and communities of the region through modern educational and vigorous research programs that produce knowledgeable, skilled and creative graduates.
The University of Central Asia consists of the School of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Development, and the School of Professional and Continuing Education.


Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic and Khorog, Tajikistan. The volunteer will spend time on both campuses during the course of the assignment.



Job Description:

The University of Central Asia has requested the assistance of a volunteer to assist their library staff to fully utilize the Integrated Library Management Software “OCLC WMS Worldshare”. This is a robust Integrated Library System, and the staff need expert support and training from an experienced system librarian in order to obtain full understanding and competence in use of the system’s applications.

Specifically, the volunteer will be asked to provide training on: Resource Description & Access, Library of Congress Classification System, Marc21 and Dublin Core. The volunteer is also expected to provide training in metadata management and cataloguing of materials with local MARC tags, as well as the use of field and delimiters. The assignment will also include providing instruction on the reporting functions of the library management software, including usage statistics and financial management.


Minimum of master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences or related discipline. Applicants with specialization in Systems Librarianship are particularly desirable for this assignment.

Start Date & Duration:

The volunteer will be expected to spend a minimum of one month onsite and may be required to also provide support remotely.


All expenses: flights, accommodations, local transportation, travel and medical insurance, vaccinations and medications, and other incidentals will be covered by the University of Central Asia and AWB.


Please send CV, letter of motivation, dates of availability, and the names and contact details of two references to Corrie Young, [email protected].

Deadline for Applications:

November 12, 2019

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How international faculty projects can change lives at home and abroad

Scene of a hill with shacks and a man holding a container“In a remote area of Nepal, an eight-year-old boy is carried into a tiny hospital by his grandparents. The boy has fallen from a height and sustained a complex fracture in his elbow. Treating the injury will require resetting and stabilizing bones, but this involves a specialized surgery and medical hardware not available to the only doctor in the area, whose hospital is hours away from the nearest city or specialist. Worse yet, the boy’s circulation has been impeded by the fracture, and without treatment, he will lose the use of his hand and forearm.

The doctor does what he can to set the bones and stabilize them, which he does by sedating the boy himself (there are no anesthesiologists where he works), setting the bones, and stabilizing the fracture with metal wiring, all while taking direction from an open textbook.

Incredibly, the surgery is a success. The boy will make a full recovery.

A week after the operation, Professor Karl Stobbe at McMaster University looks over post-operation x-rays from the case. Glancing over his shoulder, his colleague, an orthopedic surgeon, remarks, “That’s honestly as good a job as I could’ve done.”

It’s an incredible feat of medical resilience and resourcefulness that Stobbe says he has witnessed many times. For the past three years, Stobbe has been working with Nepal’s Patan Academy of Health Sciences to build the country’s capacity to train doctors for practice in rural areas, an effort that will have an enormous impact on the wellbeing of those living in these areas.”

Read more of this article about the work of AWB in Academica’s Today’s Top Ten in Higher Ed on March 27, 2019.

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For a country to develop, so must its post-secondary institutions

“Higher education advocates across Canada and beyond will often claim that academics make an enormous impact on the world beyond the ivory tower, but skeptics are often quick to ask, “How, exactly?” Advocates might then point to social benefits such as advancements in medical technology or the fostering of an engaged democratic citizenry, but another benefit that they might wish to highlight is the impact that higher education is having in developing countries that are looking to build healthier, wealthier, and more just societies for all.

For Corrie Young, Associate Executive Director for Academics Without Borders, there are countless instances in which post-secondary institutions serve as a key vehicle for global development. ‘Take rapid urbanization happening in many countries’ says Young. ‘You need to think about how governments at multiple levels are going to try and address the challenges that come with a shift like that. First, you have to design and perform research that gives you accurate information on what is actually happening, then you need the expertise to turn that research into effective policy.'”

Read more of this article about the importance of AWB’s work in Academica’s Today’s Top Ten in Higher Ed on February 25, 2019.

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The global problems that only academics can solve

“The greatest challenges of the 21st century will be global in nature, and so too will be the solutions. Fortunately, a growing group of academic experts based at institutions across Canada is collaborating with international partners around the world to build the capacity to solve these challenges.

These efforts have already had an enormous impact across the globe over the past decade, from building family medicine capacity in Guyana to creating a unified national university system in Rwanda, from designing programming on environmental governance in Tanzania to creating new opportunities for students with disabilities in Indonesia.”

Read more of this article about the importance of AWB’s work in Academica’s Today’s Top Ten in Higher Ed on February 13, 2019.

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