The Early Decades (1970 to 1990s). AUW started its internationalization process at the first decade of its establishment (1966-1976) to ensure quality in higher education.

  • 1973-1980: Through International Voluntary  Services (was a private nonprofit organization that placed American volunteers in development projects in Third World countries). AUW received over three rounds of two volunteers every two years. They helped in developing courses as well in teaching.
  • Late 1970s: Through International Voluntary Services (a UK based organization which for 50 years has been recruiting volunteers aged between 18 and 75 to live and work in the heart of local communities in developing countries . AUW has received several volunteers who helped in English Language teaching.
  • 1983: Launch of the AUW- Iowa State University (ISU) Linkage (which is ongoing till date) focusing on curriculum, research, outreach and faculty development.
  • 1984: Netherlands Government technical program provides support to AUW in terms of experts who assisted in developing the Women Studies program, strengthening extension education and faculty teaching skills. This continued till the 1990.
  • Late 1980: The UNV Program has provided group of volunteers from different countries.
  • 1987: Maastricht University has started its collaboration with AUW and this has materialized in 1990 through a partnership which in 1992 included Suez Canal University in Egypt as well to assist in the development of the Problem Based Medical Education at the AUW School of Medicine.
  • 1990s- present: The Dutch government support which also provided AUW with experts on areas of sciences, nutrition and dietetics.
  • 2000s- present: Projects and links with: Food Agricultural Organization, United Nation Population fund, World Health Organization, United National Children Fund, United Kingdom, Germany Netherlands and the United States, contributed to faculty capacity building, community development and development of new academic programs.

External & International Projects:

AUW also has several bilateral and multilateral projects, mostly supported by foreign governments, NGO’s, and UN agencies. These have contributed to strengthening AUW infrastructure, institutional systems, and staff capacity building. Moreover, many of these also included a major part for service provision in terms of training, capacity strengthening, awareness raising and community mobilization at local levels in different states of Sudan and are all being implemented by AUW along with their local partners. IERO establishment served for the best of these projects by providing technical and logistical support, maintenance and follow up of the implementation procedures and techniques.

Membership in Regional & International Networks

The Talloires Network: The Talloires Network is an international association of institutions committed to strengthening the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education.  The Network has grown to over 300 members in 71 countries with a combined enrolment of over 6 million students. AUW was one of the initial 29 signatories to the Talloires Declaration in 2005.