The University of Kentucky has been a leader in international research and capacity building projects since its first international project in the 1950s, when it was selected by the U.S. Foreign Aid Program and the Government of Indonesia to assist in the development of Indonesia’s first universities: the Institute of Technology at Bandung and the Institute Pertanian Bogor.
UK has continued to build upon its partnership with Indonesia, most recently through its participation in a $19.7 million project, funded by USAID, which began in 2011. The Higher Education Leadership and Management (HELM) project will develop leadership and management skills in finance, general administration, evaluation and external stakeholder cooperation.
Through partnerships with funders, such as USAID, the Asian Development Bank, USDA, PEPFAR, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, NIH/NICHD, and the U.S. Embassy/Baghdad UK has accomplished many successful projects in regions such as Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Central/Eastern Europe, Iraq, as well as Central/South and Southeast Asia.
UK’s international work spans its 16 colleges. The College of Agriculture has the longest history of work overseas, while the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Communication and Information Studies, Engineering, Education and the Martin School of Diplomacy have also done extensive work abroad.
UK's long history of work overseas is organized under three headings: