Dr. Rebecca Ward is responsible for technical design and implementation oversight of higher education programs at IREX, including the Morocco Career Center Program, the West Bank Preservice Teacher Education Activity, an oral communications digital badge in Uganda and Tunisia, and the University Administration Support Program (UASP).
Dr. Ward provides creative vision, technical design, and implementation oversight to higher education programs, with a focus on improving the relevancy and quality of higher education management, program delivery, and student support.
She has more than 14 years of experience in higher education and workforce development. Dr. Ward worked in Zambia as the academic partnership manager for the University of Bolton’s portfolio of programs in Malawi, Botswana, and Zambia. In this role, she coordinated the international delivery teams, provided staff training in pedagogy and academic administration, developed and ensured compliance with quality assurance procedures, and mentored local partner staff. She was also program leader for a master of public administration and regularly lectured on programs in the Africa hub, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. Prior to this, she managed collaborative university–industry engagement projects and evaluated publicly funded higher education initiatives in the UK.
Dr. Ward holds a PhD from the University of Manchester in innovation management and policy, which focused on the role of universities in “open” innovation systems. She received her BSc from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in management sciences with international studies.