Kenyan students prepare to leave for New York after their IIE orientation

1960s: Struggle for Change

The Institute established overseas offices in Asia, Africa and Latin America to meet growing needs for information about U.S. higher education.

Applicant Information Service launched by IIE in overseas offices, providing admissions officers in U.S. colleges and universities with first-hand information about non-sponsored foreign applicants. Cooperative Service in Summer Employment and Practical Training for Foreign Students also developed to coordinate the efforts of community organizations in finding summer jobs for foreign students in the U.S.

New IIE headquarters erected on United Nations Plaza with special contributions of $2,500,000. Alvar Aalto, the prominent Finnish architect, designs the Kaufmann Conference Center on the 12th floor.

Initiates 26 new fellowship programs sponsored by foundations or corporations including the Chrysler Corporation, the Xerox Corporation, and Sankei Shimbun (the first IIE program sponsored by a Japanese Corporation).

Develops a Host Family Program whereby foreign students coming to the U.S. are assigned to host families, which agree to offer hospitality for the year.

The Institute opens offices in Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong to meet the growing needs of international education in those areas.

Establishes a Cultural Contacts Committee, giving out more than 4,000 tickets for IIE grantees to attend cultural events in the New York area. 

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