Thank you for your generous support of the Institute’s efforts to advance international education and access to education worldwide. Programs we administer reached and transformed the lives of nearly 30,000 individuals from 175 countries in 2013.
Contributions from individuals like you are especially vital to helping us launch and expand programs in three strategic areas of need: increasing opportunities for young Americans to study abroad, expanding access to education for women and girls around the world, and responding to crises by supporting students and scholars in countries affected by conflict and natural disaster. The stories below outline how your support makes a difference. Please help us continue this important work by donating now.
With your support, the Institute is launching a new campaign, Generation Study Abroad, with the goal of doubling the number of U.S. students—from all backgrounds—who study overseas. The program will create more opportunities for students like Natalie, a first-generation college student pursuing a Public Health degree at Northwestern University, who had a transformative international experience studying abroad in Spain this year. After receiving a special U.S. Department of State Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship made possible with additional funds from the Shawn Carter Foundation, she returned home recently with a deeper passion for public service and better equipped to contribute to the global health community.
Watch a video in which recent Gilman alumnus Jovonte Santos discusses his experience in Oman.
In communities around the world, we are also using your support to expand the pipeline of talented female students who can pursue higher education. In Ethiopia, where only 3.5% of girls continue to 11th grade, your generosity enabled the Institute to launch the IIE Higher Education Readiness (HER) Program. HER provides 100 girls entering 11th grade in Addis Ababa with scholarship support and leadership and life skills training. Among many moving examples, one student, Kalkidan, is an orphan who dreams of becoming a doctor. With additional support, IIE will expand the program in other underserved communities in Ethiopia and other countries—creating opportunities for more students like Kalkidan.
With your support, the Institute is leading the higher education community’s response to the crisis in Syria. Through IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund and the IIE Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis, we have so far mobilized nearly $4 million in assistance to Syrian students and scholars unable to continue their education and research due to the crisis. Among those whose lives and work were saved is Dr. Alachkar, one of Syria’s foremost neuropharmacologists, who is continuing her research in safety at the University of California, Irvine until she can return home and contribute to the rebuilding of Syrian society. IIE recently expanded this work by joining forces with the Global Platform for Syrian Students and other partners to galvanize additional support so that Syria does not face a lost generation of students and scholars.
Learn about the students and scholars who have been helped by the IIE Syria Consortium.
We also hope you will help us meet the urgent financial needs of Filipino students on U.S. campuses whose home country support has been devastated by the recent Typhoon Haiyan. IIE’s Emergency Student Fund will provide critical assistance to these students so that they can complete their U.S. studies and return to help rebuild their shattered communities.
Please help us continue our important work by making a gift to IIE today.
With gratitude for your support and best wishes for 2014,
Dr. Allan E. Goodman
President and CEO, Institute of International Education