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In 2010, the Humpty Dumpty Institute launched the "Higher Education Alliance" (HEA) to help create the next generation of global leaders by building bridges between academic institutions and the United Nations. HEA provides member institutions with an in-depth introduction to the UN and the information they need to foster and instill global awareness on campus. Member schools host senior ranking UN officials, Ambassadors, policymakers and leading experts in world affairs as guest lecturers, and visit UN Headquarters in New York for intensive orientation sessions, seminars and conferences to learn about the inner workings of the UN and the wide range of global issues on its agenda. Select students will also have the opportunity to serve as interns at international institutions and non-governmental organizations as well as participate in HEA’s Summer Boot Camp at the UN in New York and in Washington, DC.

Membership in the Alliance is open to all institutions of higher learning around the world. In the US, Humpty Dumpty is particularly interested in collaborating with underserved academic communities, such as the Historically Black Colleges and Universities network (HBCU), the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), Tribal and American Indian colleges and universities, and various community colleges. As part of its continual efforts create opportunities for international exchange and engagement for its members, HEA has partnered with Paris-based global communications firm, Noir Sur Blanc, and Academic Impact, the UN’s network of almost 1,000 colleges and universities worldwide, to expand the Alliance into Europe and worldwide.

Core Benefits & Services:

  • HEA Abroad: HEA facilitates student and faculty exchanges, and specialized institutional “twinning programs” between American and international HEA member schools, in order to create strong international networks and experiences for all participating members.
  • Lecture Series: HEA arranges two lectures per academic year by a senior UN official for each HEA member school, on a topic of their choosing. Topics include conflict resolution, peacekeeping and peace building, climate change, women’s empowerment, sustainable development, and other international issues.
  • UN Orientation Session & Conference: HEA organizes a special three-day program at the United Nations HQ in New York City for international HEA member schools. This program will begin with a one-day orientation session, followed by a customized, intensive two-day fact-finding mission to gain first-hand knowledge of how multilateral diplomacy is crafted and implemented. Universities are limited to sending 20 students and 4 faculty members.
  • Virtual Lectures: HEA organizes a series of interactive virtual lectures, forums and discussions throughout the academic year by senior UN officials, Ambassadors, members of the UN Diplomatic Corp for HEA members based within and outside of the United States.
  • Internship Program: The Humpty Dumpty Institute will arrange summer internships at UN Missions, UN- accredited NGOs and UN agencies, based on availability. (Students must be proficient in English).
  • United Nations Boot Camp: The UN Boot Camp is a week-long immersion study program that gives graduate and advanced undergraduate students the opportunity to explore, examine and experience the inner workings of world’s premier global governance body—the United Nations. Students affiliated with HEA members enjoy discounted tuition and may enroll for course credit if offered by their institution.

For information on how your school can join the HEA, please contact Steve Ginther at 1-212-944-7111 or steve.ginther@thehdi.org