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International Development

Solutions for complex global challenges

ASU International Development works to identify and pursue projects that provide solutions to the most complex challenges facing the developing world today. We provide the link between ASU’s world-class researchers and international development funding agencies around the world. We engage NGOs, the public sector and foundations in strategic partnerships that leverage our individual strengths into a collective that is inherently more than the sum of its parts.

Focus Areas

Redesigning Higher Education

to educate the greatest number of students to the highest global standards at a sustainable cost 

Creating Sustainability

by finding solutions to the social implications of a future of constrained resources coupled with growing demand, especially the challenges facing the world’s mega-cities 


Enhancing Citizen Security 

by finding practical solutions to environmental, economic and social challenges in an urbanizing world

Advancing Global Health 

by discovering new cures for disease and better systems of delivering health care in the world’s most demanding environments 

Global Connections, Global Solutions

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Whether they are addressing engineering education in Vietnam or renewable energy in Central America, faculty and students at Arizona State University are tackling some of the toughest global challenges that exist today. ASU President Michael Crow talks about how the university is well positioned to solve global problems through its focus on solutions and innovative approach to learning and discovery.

Global Partnerships

In a globalized economy, U.S. research universities cannot constrain their missions to the limits of national boundaries. Universities offer a singular opportunity to accelerate global progress — by mining research for solutions, by building capacity in institutions, and by educating the leaders and workforces that countries need to thrive in a challenging future. 

ASU’s New American University model offers ideas uniquely suited to the developing world — countries seeking to educate increasing numbers of students to world-class standards while producing research to confront epochal challenges in education, climate, sustainability, health and economic growth. 

ASU offers unmatched resources to those seeking a university partner in international development. As one of the few U.S. university research enterprises to be ISO 9001 compliant, ASU offers uncommon agility in high-quality project planning and execution. A dedicated business development team provides the link between ASU’s exceptional corps of researchers and international development funding agencies around the world.

ASU and Development Donors

By partnering with United States Agency for International Development (USAID), ASU has a unique opportunity to place our faculty on the front line of solving global challenges. One of ASU’s key design aspirations is to translate the knowledge our scholars create into solutions that improve the lives of people in developing countries around the globe. 

ASU has collaborated on over $40 million in USAID grant-awarded projects, with more than 30 projects currently active.

Current Projects

Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program

The Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program (HEEAP) brings together government, academia and industry to modernize Vietnamese public higher education in engineering. 


ASU’s Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety conducts research focused on criminal gangs and violence in Central America. The center works to anticipate methods and approaches that could be used by third-country nationals to commit politically motivated crimes. ASU is also contributing to USAID SolucionES, a project to combat citizen insecurity and strengthen municipal responses to crime and violence in 50 communities in El Salvador. 

ASU McCain Institute for International Leadership

The McCain Institute for International Leadership in Washington, D. C. is a non-partisan “do tank” dedicated to advancing character-driven global leadership based on security, economic opportunity, freedom and human dignity. 

The Vocational Training and Education for Clean Energy Program

The Vocational Training and Education for Clean Energy (VOCTEC) program aims to improve the sustainability of renewable energy infrastructure and investments in developing countries by increasing awareness, knowledge and capacity of local stakeholders, primarily in decentralized clean energy technologies.

U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy 

The U.S. Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCAS-E) is a world-class education and applied research center that will help Pakistan unleash its potential for economic growth and is dedicated to resolving Pakistan’s energy crises. The center is led by ASU in partnership with the National University of Sciences and Technology and the University of Engineering and Technology in Pakistan. Created by USAID and Pakistan’s Higher Education Commission, USPCAS-E leverages ASU’s expertise in higher education and energy. The center also supports the success of women and disadvantaged youth through active participation in applied research. 


Global Operations

Are you a current ASU faculty or staff member looking for assistance on your international project? Whether you are traveling abroad or setting up foreign operations, Global Operations can serve as a central coordinating resource for a range of international issues.

Contact us for assistance at global.ops@asu.edu.