Who We Are

Professors Without Borders (Prowibo) is a UK-based charity that runs short course higher education programmes mainly within developing countries. We help to bridge the educational divide between countries. We aspire to halt the brain drain by bringing the professors in rather than taking the students out

Our History

Prowibo Founded
The three founders of Prowibo posing for a photo together. Majeks Walker holds the charity's official registration documents up for the camera.

Prowibo was founded in 2016 by three lecturers from Regent’s University London: Tessy de Nassau (left) Dr Caroline Varin (right),  and Majeks Walker (centre), who wanted to correct the imbalance of educational privilege and provide increased access to quality, higher education in developing countries.

Pilot Scheme

We launched a pilot scheme in 2016 running programmes at two schools in Sierra Leone. We reached 125 students, and brought in 7 international educators.

New Partners In Sierra Leone, Uganda, & Thailand

The following year, we returned to Sierra Leone to run a programme at Fourah Bay College, the oldest University in West Africa, where we hosted over 100 students for two weeks.

Partnering with the African Rural University (the first all-women university in Africa) in Uganda, we launched our first all-female programme.

We also expanded to Asia, partnering with Srinakharinwirot University in Bangkok, Thailand.

Think Tank Launched

To finish off the year in October, we inaugurated our think tank and signed it’s first partnership with Richmond American University London.

Expansion In Sierra Leone
Prowibo Professor Tessy de Nassau stands in front of a class of Thai students. The class is watching intently as she teaches.

Our professors returned to our partners in Sierra Leone, Thailand and Uganda.

Our Sierra Leone operations expanded with us teaching a programme at the Univeristy of Sierra Leone’s Institute of Public Management and Administration (IPAM) and an infectious disease prevention workshop at the university’s College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS).

New Partners In India

We also launched our first-ever program in India with our second all-female program at the Karamat Husain Muslim Girls PG College in Lucknow, India.

Think Tank Presents First Conference

In September, our Think Tank held its first conference in partnership with Gulf Futures Center and Bridge the Gulf on Higher Education in the Age of Transformation.

First Francophone Programme
A class of Senegalese students sitting in a classroom facing the teacher, who is out of the shot. One student at the back of the class has their arm raised.

Our operation also expanded, with us partnering with Lycée Malick SY de Thiès in Senegal to launch our first programme taught in French.

Prowibo Becomes Official UK Charity

In January, Prowibo was offically recognised by the UK Charity Commission, opening up new opportunities for funding.  

Launch Of Prowibo Online
Logo of Prowibo online

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting travel restrictions, we had to make the difficult decision to postpone our in-person programmes.

In response, we launched Prowibo Online, an online lecture service, and expanded our online career advice blog to allow us to continue to fulfil our mission to take quality education to the widest possible audience.

Collaboration With UNDP

We also ran a three-week virtual programme for women as part of the United Nations Development Programme and Youth 4 Kosovo’s ‘Empowering Youth in Kosovo’ project.

New Partner In Ukraine

With the continuing Covid-19 travel restrictions, we used 2021 to prepare for relaunching our in-person programmes in 2022.

In November, we ran a weeklong online programme with a new partner Kherson National Technical University in Ukraine and returned to our partner’s at Karamat Husain Muslim Girls PG College in India to run a programme on women’s empowerment.

Think Tank's First Online Conference

Our think tank organised it’s first online conference on ‘Higher Education in the Time of COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities of Online Learning.’

Our Study Published By UNESCO

Our two year study on Equitable Access to Online Education was published by UNESCO at the World Higher Education Conference. A research video based on these experiences was made in conjunction with students from Richmond, the American University in London

New Partners In Kenya, Nepal, And Nigeria
Five Nigerian students sitting in a classroom. One of the students is standing out while he speaks. The others are listening intently.

We returned to in-person programmes, reaching 704 students across 9 countries.

We began new partnerships running programmes with Back To Basics, a women-led grassroots organization based in Kenya; University of Lagos in Nigeria; the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Guinea; and the Institute for Integrated Development Studies (IIDS) in Nepal.


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