Secondary and University Education

“While basic education begins to unlock potential, it is secondary education that provides the wings that allow girls to fly.”

-Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize Recipient, fighting for 12 years of education for all girls and boys-

BRAC believes that secondary and tertiary education have the power to shape students for the future as active, engaged citizens. Its programs cultivate community leaders, driven to give back by providing opportunities for students to engage with local communities. BRAC University adopts a liberal arts approach ensuring high quality education and practical experience to meet current job market demands.

Our Approach

Secondary Education



BRAC believes that every child deserves a chance at an education. Currently, BRAC runs a secondary school program in Uganda through the MasterCard Scholars Program and is looking to expand opportunities for secondary education worldwide.

BRAC PROJECT, Kakira Sugar Estate. Mother of BRAC Matercard scholarship beneficiary, Daughter-Joanita Naigaga (15), mother is Namusubo Juliet, Peter the son (20). Mother's paycheck is $31, and she is proud for her very bright daughter to get scholarship.

BRAC University


BRAC University provides undergraduate and graduate programs to over 6,000 students from both Bangladesh and more than 20 other countries. The University was established in 2001 and contains eight centers, schools, and institutes, such as the James P. Grant School of Public Health, the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development, the BRAC Business School, and the Center for Climate Change and Environmental Research. BRAC University provides scholarships to approximately 10 percent of its students to ensure that the most talented students are offered an opportunity for a higher education. All students spend a semester outside of Dhaka at the Savar campus, where they learn to live on their own and develop a larger understanding and commitment to social responsibility. BRAC University follows the liberal arts approach to education that nurtures fresh ideas and meets the demands of contemporary times.

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Building the Future


Through scholarships, BRAC USA has supported more than 2,000 students from disadvantaged backgrounds with the opportunities to reach secondary or tertiary education. Many students go on to work in international development and become leaders in their communities. Mohammed Khorshed Alam was educated at BRAC primary schools and given a scholarship to study at BRAC University. He later worked for BRAC and is now a Finance Officer for the US Embassy. Mohammed credits the support BRAC gave him throughout his entire education and formative years with the current stability and success of his family. As a way to pay forward what he received from BRAC, he has opened two schools through the World Village Foundation that he founded.

BRAC PROJECT, Christ the King Secondary School in Kalisizo, private girls Catholic school. 30 girls who attend here are on BRAC Mastercard scholarships through the The Mastercard Scholars Program BRAC.  These scholarships are given to only poor, bright students, 60% to girls. Matilda Byonaniweabigira (15) is one of them. Her mother earns $48 a month pumping gas. Her chemistry & biology teacher feels Matilda has potential to be a doctor.

Program Highlights

Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

BRAC Uganda in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation is implementing a national level secondary scholarship program targeting academically talented yet economically marginalized young Ugandans. Over eight years, the program will enable 5,000 students to complete secondary school and transition into higher education. The program will also help them acquire leadership qualities, work skills, social and emotional competencies, and experience in community service. Once Scholars graduate from secondary schools, BRAC will provide strong support to transition into higher-education. Read more
BRAC University

BRAC University

BRAC University is an accredited university in Bangladesh, that since 2001, teaches 6,000 students each year. In Building on BRAC’s experience of seeking solution to challenges posed by extreme poverty, BRAC University hopes to instill in its students a commitment to working towards international development and progress.

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Building a New Campus

Building a New Campus

BRAC University is committed to constructing a new campus as well as new programs that will attract the top academic minds and most talented students from across the country and the world. It aims to become the global south’s premier university. Watch this video to see the architectural design of the new campus. Watch more

Our Impact

Scholars Profile: Gloria

In some places, even the brightest kids will fall through the cracks. See what it looks like to be given a chance. Meet Gloria, a BRAC Scholar in Migadde, Uganda, who is one of the 5,000 promising students the Mastercard Foundation supports with scholarships for secondary education.

Key Supporters of BRAC Scholars

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