The purpose of AHED is to support developing countries develop and expand institutions of higher education by sending volunteers to work on projects in those institutions and in ministries of higher education. AHED is involved in projects in the full range of post-secondary institutions, including universities, colleges, and business, engineering, normal, medical and nursing schools. Volunteers are recruited from working and retired professionals and skilled workers throughout Canada and other medium and high income countries. These include faculty, staff, and administrators from universities and colleges, as well as non–academic professionals. AHED assists in capacity building in higher education in the developing world, responding to the needs and goals of the host countries and institutions. It supports projects related to both academic and non-academic aspects of the development of tertiary education. This includes assisting in the development of new universities and colleges, and, in existing institutions, in establishing new departments, faculties, or research institutes and expanding and diversifying undergraduate and graduate programs.
To support developing countries build and expand institutional strength in higher education.