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Partnering with recognized/high quality universities abroad

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Higher education in the country is expensive and requires significant investment from the part of those in need of higher education. On the other hand there are recognized high quality higher educations in other countries, mainly in middle income countries. Eg.  capetawn, Witwatersrand, Stellenbosch , KwaZulu-Natal  universities from south Africa, and more others in other English speaking countries. Higher education cost in such universities are low compared to universities in USA. Average annual tuition fee in South African university was around 5000 USD, while the average cost in the USA is 20,000 USD. This is why some are traveling abroad to benefit from low cost high quality higher educations.

Bringing such high quality low cost higher education to the USA will increase access of higher education for those in need. One way of bringing low cost higher education is through partnership between universities in the US and recognized university abroad, either through online education or through other arrangements. The best/and most feasible way for such partnership is to facilitate online learnings from such universities. Generally online education by itself is a low cost and it will decrease the above mentioned costs with more than half.   Which will make higher education accessible for everyone at very low price.


There will be curriculum differences between the two universities which needs to be addressed. While attending my online higher education program from Indian university, I had to go through courses exclusively teaching about India, its education system, culture, administrative system etc which has little relevance for me. Such courses would have been replaced with other courses by partnering university from my country.   

Existing problems with curriculum and gaps in quality should be addressed by the university in the US.

Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine higher education to support the needs of tomorrow?

any one looking for low cost higher education

This idea emerged from:

  • A student brainstorm


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Photo of Andrea Zelenak

Hello Ahmed! You have a lot of great ideas on here! Have you checked out TED-of a Topic by Joost ? Both are a great way to cut down costs and get maximum/the best knowledge from around the world!

Photo of Ahmed yesuf

hi Andrea
thank you, i checked it and it is interesting.

Photo of Kate Rushton

Hi Ahmed,

Is there a way to do this on a smaller scale e.g. guest lecturers from other countries?

Photo of Ahmed yesuf

hi Kate
Guest lecture is possible on smaller scale, but costs involved with it need to be considered.

Photo of Kate Rushton

Hi Ahmed, interesting post! Any chance you could find an image to go along with it? Images help grab attention and tell a story. You should be able to use the Edit Contribution button on the top of your post and follow the instructions to add images from there. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring insights on OpenIDEO.