SPHEIR

Transforming higher education with innovative partnerships

SPHEIR (Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform) is a new DFID programme to support higher education transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

It aims to deliver systemic and sustainable change within higher education systems, enabling them to better meet graduate and labour market needs and support inclusive development and economic growth.

SPHEIR provides funding and support to large-scale partnerships working across different sectors and countries to improve the quality, relevance, accessibility and affordability of higher education.

It encourages new and diverse collaborators to support higher education reform, including the private sector, and draws upon global expertise from the UK and the Global North and South.

Funded by DFID, the programme has a value of £45 million. It is managed by a consortium of organisations, led by the British Council in association with PwC and the UK Higher Education International Unit of Universities UK.