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.

Nepal Initiative

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

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.

Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship

The Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship catalyzes entrepreneurship for broad-based prosperity in low-income countries.

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.

Connected Learning Initiative

The Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx) aims to improve the professional and academic prospects of high schools students from underserved communities in India.

MIT Haiti Initiative

This initiative aims to modernize and democratize education in Haiti.

Empowering the Teachers

Aiming to foster innovation in science and engineering education, this program invites upcoming African academics to spend a semester at MIT studying curricula development and content delivery.


ImpactLabs identifies areas of need in target communities and work with students to come up with engineering solutions.

International Development Group

The IDG at MIT is the longest-standing and largest program within a U.S. planning school devoted to graduate study and research in subjects specific to the developing world.