With support from a number of public and private sponsors, last year IIE implemented several new and continuing initiatives to develop the capacity of people and institutions to meet local and global challenges. In 2013, IIE-administered programs promoted entrepreneurship and innovation among future leaders in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America, increased access to education among underserved and marginalized populations, and empowered women from developing countries with technology and business skills.
Empowering Women and Girls
Over the past decade, IIE has increasingly focused on global programs that support, train and connect women, equipping them with the skills needed to fully participate in their community and the global economy. In 2013, IIE launched the Higher Education Readiness (HER) Initiative to provide 100 young women in secondary school from underserved communities in Ethiopia with a pathway to university. We also launched Women Enhancing Technology (WeTech), a consortium of dedicated partners led by IIE. WeTech designs and supports a series of innovative activities to help women and girls from India and across Africa enter and succeed in technology careers. Program partners for WeTech include Google, Qualcomm, Goldman Sachs, Citrix, Intel and others.
Last year, IIE celebrated the conclusion of the Maternal Health Young Champions Program, a partnership with Harvard which supported maternal health advocacy in India, Ethiopia, Mexico and Nigeria. We also published “Women in the Global Economy: Leading Social Change,” which explores the landscape of women’s participation in the economy and the key role that women play in fueling economic growth by creating stable societies.
Empowering through Knowledge and Partnerships
In 2013 IIE continued to produce the definitive resource on international student mobility – the Open Doors® Report, published with support from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Also published this year in partnership with the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) was “Latin America’s New Knowledge Economy,” a book chronicling the rapid economic growth and social changes that have taken place across that region in recent years.
We believe that international partnerships and knowledge sharing can empower people to change and open their communities. In 2013,IIE hosted our annual Best Practices in Internationalization Conference, in which leading experts in the field and the winners of the 2013 Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education presented successful strategies for internationalizing their institutions. IIE published an innovative white paper on possible applications of the community college model in India, participated in the WISE higher education conference, led the WISE Program for Education Leadership, and launched a historic partnership with the government of Myanmar to train staff at universities there on how to establish and maintain international partnerships. Last year, our International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP) supported delegations to Brazil, India and Myanmar. Over the course of this year-long program, institutions participated in training activities focused on implementing and sustaining partnerships with higher education institutions in each focus country.
Empowering Youth through Professional Development
Through our partnerships with private industry and foreign governments, IIE invests in the professional development of young people around the world, equipping them with knowledge and tools that empower them to become leaders and decision makers in their chosen fields.
Last year, IIE was pleased to welcome the first cohort of Cargill Global Scholars, 56 undergraduate students from Brazil, China, Russia, India and the U.S. who participated in leadership development and enrichment activities while pursing studies in food, agriculture and risk management related fields. We also met the first class of 25 Adobe Foundation Creativity Scholarship Recipients, talented individuals from around the world who are producing original digital media projects spotlighting issues such as poverty, bullying and climate change. Finally, for the third consecutive year, as part of an initiative through the U.S. Department of State, IIE administered a social entrepreneurship enrichment seminar for approximately 70 Fulbright students from Afghanistan in Oxford, Ohio.
Empowering People to Promote Peace
In 2013, IIE presented Eli Beer and Murad Alyan (pictured at right) with the 2013 Goldberg IIE Prize at the American Center in Jerusalem, recognizing their work as leaders of United Hatzalah of Israel, an all-volunteer Emergency Medical Service that provides fast and free first response to all people throughout Israel. IIE announced support to 59 organizations at 58 institutions across the United States as part of the second round of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Public Education for Peacebuilding Support initiative. Since January 2013, USIP has provided a total of $300,000 to approximately 143 organizations in support of events that advance and promote the understanding of peacebuilding and international conflict resolution.