FIRST Global Higher Education Network

To inspire science and technology leadership and innovation in young people from all nations in order to increase understanding, impress the importance of cooperation, address the world’s most pressing issues, and improve quality of life for all, FIRST Global is inviting select universities to become a part of the FIRST Global Higher Education Network. Through the prestigious institutions on the FIRST Global Higher Education Network Leadership Board, FIRST Global will partner with universities around the world to increase access to STEM education, further international collaboration and cooperation, and connect future innovators with institutions of higher education.


The mission of the FIRST Global Higher Education Network is to serve as a global catalyst for uniting the world by inspiring an increased interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) worldwide through shared access to resources, technology, and mentorship.


The FIRST Global Higher Education Network connects universities around the world with:

  • a pipeline of innovators and future leaders in STEM
  • access to a state-of-art robotics kit
  • a global support infrastructure
  • a broad network of government officials, corporations, and international leaders, and
  • world-wide media exposure.


Through expanded outreach, shared resources, and combined connections the FIRST Global Higher Education Network will equip the next generation of leaders to solve the most pressing engineering challenges and ensure that students worldwide have the support and resources necessary to be inspired and succeed in science, engineering, technology, and mathematics.


You can find our full list of partner universities here.

Education Leadership Board

The FIRST Global Higher Education Network Leadership Board is comprised of four universities. These universities are uniquely qualified to provide unparalleled support in STEM disciplines and are positioned to grow the Higher FIRST Global Education Network through relationships with fellow institutions internationally. The inaugural Education Leadership Board consists of:


Technion – Israel Institute of Technology: The Technion is one of the premier science and technology research universities in the world, and the oldest in Israel. It is dedicated to the creation of knowledge and the development of human capital and leadership, for the advancement of the State of Israel and all humanity. The university offers degrees in science and engineering, and related fields such as architecture, medicine, industrial management and education, and is often cited as one of the factors behind the growth of Israel’s high-tech industry and innovation.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute: WPI was founded in 1865 to create and convey science and engineering knowledge in ways that would be most useful to the society from which its students came. In 2017, WPI provided over 100 students to assist in the FIRST Global STEM Corps.


Yale University: Yale is committed to improving the world and for future generations through outstanding research and scholarship, education, preservation, and practice. Yale educates aspiring leaders worldwide who serve all sectors of society. They carry out this mission through the free exchange of ideas in an ethical, interdependent, and diverse community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

Your Institution’s Role in the FIRST Global Higher Education Network

Participating institutions in the FIRST Global Higher Education Network are partnered with their nation’s FIRST Global robotics team. This partnership provides teams with technical assistance related to robotics and, more importantly, establishes a conduit between FIRST Global teams and technical education. The partnership will develop as a key component of the FIRST Global experience, thereby providing avenues for FIRST Global alumni to further their education in STEM before joining the technical workforce.


Members of the FIRST Global Higher Education Network will provide technical expertise and insights that extend beyond the competition playing field. From a technical perspective, the higher education resources can help FIRSTGlobal teams provide more reliable and robust competition robots. As mentors, they will inspire students to pursue STEM education and careers, with their institution becoming a natural location to pursue higher education.


The primary responsibilities of participating institutions of higher education are technical mentoring (on the tasks associated with designing, building, and programming FIRST Global robots) and inspiring students to continue their technical studies.  FIRST Global Higher Education Network mentors will provide training and guide their nation’s FIRST Global teams along a solution path. It is suggested that a faculty member be identified to serve as the primary advisor for this project, assisted in the activity by students and staff.


Participants can host the team at the college, university, or institute to provide a work site and competition practice area. FIRST Global Higher Education Network institutions may also contribute to other FIRST Global activities, such as expanding the number of students participating in FIRST Global as well as selecting participants to represent their nation at FIRST Global competitions. It is not expected that members of the FIRST Global Higher Education Network provide financial assistance to their nation’s team, leaving this support for others to provide.


The partnership can start as early as February 2018 to teach students about robotics design and programming. The 2018 FIRST Global Competition challenge will be announced in the spring, at which time mentors can provide additional assistance to design a robot to carry out the tasks needed to compete. The next FIRST Global competition will be held in Mexico City, Mexico in August 2018.

The Global STEM Corps

The Global STEM Corps is FIRST Global’s answer to a world in need of an inspired generation of youth ready to tackle the world’s challenges. GSC volunteers work to equip, train, mentor, and inspire high-school-age students from over 150 countries as they build their robot in preparation for the FIRST Global Challenge. Learn More →

GSC Advisor Guide