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Higher Ed in the News

Bill Clinton focuses efforts on Haiti's higher education

April 24, 2010

Just four of the public University of Haiti's 13 campuses escaped serious structural damage during Haiti's magnitude-7 earthquake in January, says Bill Clinton.

On Clinton's preliminary to-do list:

  • help pay tuition for private university students whose families were hurt, killed, or lost jobs when the quake hit
  • recruit faculty to Haiti to teach
  • rebuild the universities

Plans to reopen universities — Clinton called them his "marching orders" — were developed over a lunch with presidents of American and Haitian colleges.

Many U.S. institutions feel they're in a position to assist. 

"The one institutional strength Haiti has had is its higher-education system," says University of Miami president Donna Shalala. Because a well-trained workforce will be critical to Haiti's recovery, she says, "we cannot let that fail."

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