The Institute of International Education, a private not-for-profit organization with 650 staff members in 19 offices and affiliates around the globe, is a world leader in academic exchange and the development of globally-competent professionals and future leaders. With 25 years of service at IIE, Peggy Blumenthal became IIE’s Chief Operating Officer in 2005, transitioning to the role of Senior Counselor to IIE’s President in February 2011.
Before joining IIE in 1984, Ms. Blumenthal served as Assistant Director of Stanford University's Overseas Studies and then as Coordinator of Graduate Services/Fellowships for the University of Hawaii's Center for Asian and Pacific Studies. Her earlier work focused on the development of U.S.-China exchanges as a staff member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and the Asia Society's China Council, following her work on domestic urban development challenges, as staff to the JDR 3rd Fund’s Business – Youth Task Force and NYC Mayor Lindsay’s Urban Action Task Force.
Selected publications include International Students and Global Mobility in Higher Education: National Trends and New Directions (Palgrave MacMillan, 2011), co-edited with Dr. Rajika Bhandari, and an earlier co-edited volume, Academic Mobility in a Changing World: Regional and Global Trends (Jessica Kingsley, 1990). Articles include “Virtual and Physical Mobility: A View from the U.S.” in ACA’s The Virtual Challenge to International Cooperation in Higher Education; a co-authored article in The Europa World of Learning, “Global Student Mobility: Moving Towards Brain Exchange”, and “Expanding Study Abroad in the STEM Fields: A Case Study of U.S. and German Programs,” in The Online Journal for Global Engineering.
Ms. Blumenthal holds a B.A. from Harvard University in Modern Chinese History and an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is the Board Chairwoman of the Japan Center for International Exchange-USA, the Hong Kong – America Center and earlier served on the Board of Princeton-in-Asia.
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