International capacity-building projects in the field of higher education enable partner institutions and countries to share best practices, increase access to higher education, and address challenges facing their institutions or countries. Capacity-building projects frequently focus on curriculum development, faculty/staff training, or strengthening governance or management of higher education institutions or systems.

UC Berkeley participates in a wide number of capacity-building projects internationally, many of which aim to further internationalize the UC Berkeley campus while bringing critical resources to campus. A few examples of recent initiatives are highlighted below.

CEGA Global Networks

This program brings fellows from developing countries to UC Berkeley to build skills in conducting research that are policy-relevant for their own context abroad. CEGA holds a research grant competition each year for international fellows to collaborate with UC Berkeley faculty on research. This program provides new field research opportunities for faculty and PhD students, and facilitates institutional partnerships between UC Berkeley and the Global South. Program fellows have gone on to conduct their own successful research in their home countries and have remained close to the Berkeley...

Berkeley ShanghaiTech Education Collaboration (BeSTEC) Program

The Berkeley ShanghaiTech program is designed to enable ShanghaiTech to offer world-class curriculum and to attract and nurture the best engineering students worldwide. Berkeley assisted Shanghai Tech with their faculty hiring and curriculum development. Berkeley faculty augment and share their courseware (syllabus, lecture videos and notes, assignments and exams) for advanced EECS courses so that equivalent courses could be established at Shanghai Tech. For each course, one member of Shanghai Tech has the opportunity to visit UC Berkeley for up to two semesters to attend the course and...

Freie Universität Berlin Erasmus+

The European Union (EU) has provided funding to UC Berkeley’s College of Letters and Science and Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) to increase graduate student researcher, faculty, and staff mobility between the institutions.

Erasmus+ grantees are selected based on a variety of factors, including academic merit, professional experience, and socio-economic status. This grant is also specifically focused on supporting international experiences for people who have not spent significant time abroad previously.

Funding covers the travel costs for the participant and provides a...

Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) Teaching Sabbatical

The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education, STINT, was set up by the Swedish Government in 1994 with the mission to internationalize Swedish higher education and research.

The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) Teaching Sabbatical program aims to develop both individuals and institutions in the US and Sweden. Each fall semester, UC Berkeley hosts one or two selected Swedish lecturers who teach at least one course in partnership with UC Berkeley faculty. The Swedish lecturers’ task is...