U.S. Government Announces New Higher Education Partnerships between the U.S. and Ecuador

Three Ecuadorian universities won the 100K Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant 

Quito, February 15, 2023. The U.S. Government and Partners of the Americas announced three winning grant applications from U.S. and Ecuadorian higher education institutions and training programs. The winners were selected from an open call for applications for the Andean community, and are: Ohio University and Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (PUCE); the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of San Francisco de Quito (USFQ); and Webster University of Missouri and the Intercultural University of Amawtay Wasi Indigenous Nationalities.    

These new partnerships, which are part of the 100K Strong in the Americas (100K Strong) Innovation Fund, will foster innovative and inclusive training and exchange programs for students and faculty in strategic areas, including climate solutions, sustainable energy, digital transformation, health, creative industries, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields, among others.   

The 100K Strong Innovation Fund creates interregional networks between governments, businesses, and academia to build partnerships, strengthen institutional capacity, and increase access to innovative and inclusive exchange programs for students and faculty in the Americas.    

As of February 2022, and after 33 application rounds, the 100K Strong Innovation Fund has awarded 306 grants ranging from $25,000 – $45,000 each to 572 higher education institutions collaborating between 25 countries and 49 states in the United States, with more than 9,800 students and teachers participating to date.  

The 100K Strong Innovation Fund is the public-private sector collaboration between the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. embassies, and nonprofit organization Partners of the Americas, who work together with the region’s private, public, and academic sectors to harness the power of education, expanding inclusive exchange programs between the United States and Latin America and the Caribbean. 

To learn more, click here: 100K Strong Innovation Fund