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Strengthening Higher Education Access in Malawi Activity (SHEAMA)

Increasing access to work-relevant higher education in Malawi

USAID Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
The Strengthening Higher Education Access in Malawi Activity is a USAID-supported program implemented by Arizona State University to improve access to higher education opportunities through open and distance e-learning, increasing Malawi’s skilled and employable workforce.

Our partners

SHEAMA is implemented with consortium partners: Overseas Strategic Consulting, Malawi public universities — University of Malawi, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Malawi University of Science and Technology, Mzuzu University and the Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences — and local industries. SHEAMA promotes co-design among partners to ensure relevant, high-quality, accessible, adaptable and sustainable courses and programs.

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Focus areas

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Higher education access

SHEAMA increases access to education for adolescent girls and young women, persons with disabilities, vulnerable and other disadvantaged youth.

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Open, distance and e-learning

SHEAMA’s five university partners are sharing resources to provide open and distance e-learning through online devices and satellite locations.

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Workforce development

Industry-driven and designed courses and certificates prepare graduates for self-employment through in-person and distance learning.


SHEAMA will enable 14,940 students to attend tertiary education, including 5,976 adolescent girls and young women, persons with disabilities and other vulnerable or disadvantaged youth. More than 3,700 students will study STEM subjects.