Higher Education

Higher Education Capacity Building

IIE strengthens and links institutions of higher education, conducts research on student mobility to inform higher educational policy and provides opportunities for joint learning and exchange of ideas, leveraging its worldwide network of experts and leaders in higher education.

IIE Has Expertise in the Following Key Areas to Build Capacity at Institutions of Higher Education Around the World

  • Strategic Planning and Institutional Capacity Building. Robust networks including access to leading experts to assess needs, provide technical assistance and share best practices from higher education systems around the world.
  • Forming Global Higher Education Linkages.  Proven processes for identifying goals and potential international partners, making recommendations on a university’s partnership strategy goals and arranging for university officials to visit key institutions and potential partners.
  • Participant Training.  Unparalleled expertise managing training programs to place and monitor students, faculty and professionals in long and short-term degree or certificate programs, drawing on our extensive relationships with academic institutions throughout the world.
  • Program Evaluation. Extensive experience in carrying out all stages of short- and long-term program evaluations, from assessing program process and implementation to examining outcomes and impact. 
  • Policy Research. Expertly crafted projects and custom reports which help measure and document trends in international higher education development and academic mobility.

Illustrative IIE Initiatives Include:

  • IIE’s Center for International Partnerships has led the way in assisting colleges and universities to develop and sustain institutional linkages with counterparts around the world by coordinating study tours for higher education professionals, providing advice and liaison services through IIE's network of international offices and partners, collecting and disseminating best practices in developing institutional linkages and programs and organizing U.S. study tours for higher education administrators and experts.
  • The Institute’s Center for Higher Education Capacity Development (HECD) offers customized consulting and training services to universities, corporations, government ministries and other institutions to build their capacity to manage world-class scholarship, exchange and higher education programs. 
  • Ongoing IIE Publications include Open Doors, Project Atlas, Global Education Research Reports and IIE Briefing Papers. These research reports and briefing papers serve as a rapid response to the changing landscape of international education and provide policy analysis in the field of international student mobility.

Key Programs Include:

  • U.S. Department of State: U.S. Indonesia Partnership Program, Fulbright: New Century Scholar Program
  • U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education: International Academic Partnerships Program with China and India
  • Ford Foundation: African Higher Education Collaborative
  • Joint Project of 6 Leading U.S. Foundations: Partnership for Higher Education in Africa
  • IIE’s Annual Best Practices Symposiums for Internationalizing the Campus
  • Study Tours to the U.S.: Internationalizing Higher Education Curriculum, Adult Education Programs, University Career Center Development, Intellectual Property, Higher Education Leadership and Financial Management, Master’s Institutions, Institutional Diversity, Excellence of Teaching, and Technology Transfer, among others.
Higher Education Capacity Building

Through publications, conferences, workshops, study tours and forums, IIE brings higher education leaders together and helps them develop innovative strategies for internationalizing their campuses, promoting international study, developing partnerships and fostering collaborative research.

For more information, please contact: intldev@iie.org