IIE’s vision is a world in which educational, cultural and professional opportunities transcend borders to foster a peaceful and interconnected world where all people achieve their full potential; think and act as global citizens; and build inclusive, thriving communities. In 2013, we managed programs and created resources to help students, professionals, universities, teachers, leaders and academics explore the world, experience exchange and form connections across borders.
IIE proudly continues to administer the Fulbright Program on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, as we have since 1946. In December, the U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society announced a partnership to launch the inaugural Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship. Administered by IIE, this new component of the Fulbright Program will enable awardees to create multi-media stories on globally significant social or environmental topics including biodiversity, cities, climate change, cultures, energy, food, oceans and water.
Since 2001, IIE has managed the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program,sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Gilman Program is the nation’s largest and most diverse undergraduate study abroad scholarship program supporting over 14,000 Americans with high financial need since inception.
In 2013, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs partnered with a private foundation to support study abroad scholarships through the IIE-administered Gilman International Scholarship Program. Last year, the partnership supported scholarships for U.S. students traditionally underrepresented in education abroad to study in Denmark, Greece, Spain and the United Kingdom.
The Brazil Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP), managed by IIE in the United States, has brought over 6,000 Brazilian undergraduates to the U.S. to study at nearly 350 institutions in 2013. In addition to placing students at U.S. universities for one year of academic study, IIE placed hundreds of BSMP students in internships at Boeing, Praxair, GE and over 300 other corporate partners. To celebrate the outstanding success of this program, IIE’s Gala in September celebrated U.S. Brazil Academic Exchange and honored President Dilma Rouseff with the Henry Kaufman Prize for promoting and developing international education at the tertiary level. In 2013, the Government of Brazil chose IIE to administer the graduate component of the Brazil Scientific Mobility program, beginning in 2014.
As our 100th anniversary approaches, the Institute has dedicated itself to increasing the number of U.S. students who study abroad. In October, we published A Student Guide to Study Abroad, written by three leading study abroad experts— international careers expert Stacie Nevadomski Berdan, IIE President Allan E. Goodman and AIFS Founder Sir Cyril Taylor.
Last year, the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom launched the Global Innovation Initiative, a new higher education grant competition created to strengthen higher education research partnerships between the U.S., the UK, Brazil, China, India and Indonesia. This initiative is administered by IIE’s Center for International Partnerships and provides exciting grant opportunities for university consortia in energy, climate change and the environment; agriculture, food security and water; public health and wellbeing; and urbanization.