Mat Wright

Transforming higher education with innovative partnerships

SPHEIR (Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform) is a 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.

Funded by DFID, the programme is managed by a consortium of organisations, led by the British Council in association with PwC and UUKi.