Serving the World

MIT is committed to serving the world through education, technology, and hands-on development.

Students and faculty are actively engaged in innovative collaborations with educators, governments, and industry across the globe, all with the goal of improving the way people live, learn, and work. Researchers and students in MIT's D-Lab, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), and the Tata Center for Technology and Design are working to combat poverty and develop solutions to challenges facing resource-constrained communities globally. The Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship catalyzes entrepreneurship and innovation in developing countries, and the MIT Public Service Center supports students in service projects around the world. The MIT-Africa Initiative creates connections between MIT and Africa through education, research, and innovation.

Each mission-driven effort is deeply rooted in a sense of social responsibility, and a desire to make the world a better place for people in need — and the results are transforming lives daily.

MIT Haiti Initiative

This initiative aims to modernize and democratize education in Haiti.


MITx courses, offered through edX, bring the intellectual rigor and challenge of MIT’s five schools and 33 disciplines to a broader audience of eager scholars across the globe.

Nepal Earthquake Response

In response to the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal in spring 2015, groups across MIT launched efforts to support relief and recovery needs in the hardest-hit regions.

Nepal Initiative

In January 2017, individual MIT students and student teams traveled to Nepal to work on a number of projects. 

Public Service Fellowships

Public Service Fellowships support MIT students collaborating with community partners around the world to develop and implement capacity-building service projects.

Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program

The MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (REAP) provides opportunities for communities around the world to engage with MIT in an evidence-based, practical approach to strengthening innovation-driven entrepreneurial (IDE) ecosystems.

Scratch Day

Scratch Day is a network of face-to-face local gatherings, on the same day in all parts of the world, where people can meet, share, and learn more about the programming environment Scratch.

Women's Entrepreneur Program

Based at Yunnan University, this program for underserved female entrepreneurs integrates courses in business and marketing with action learning activities and workshops.