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Institute of International Education Leads Higher Education Delegation to Build Linkages between India and the United States

Leaders from Ten U.S. Colleges and Universities Visit Bangalore, Mumbai and New Delhi

NEW DELHI, November 7, 2010—The Institute of International Education (IIE) led a delegation of U.S. higher education government officials and high level administrators from ten U.S. colleges and universities, who visited India as part of the International Academic Partnership Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). This program, an initiative of IIE’s Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education, seeks to increase the number of international partnerships between higher education institutions in the U.S. and those in India.

Higher education institutions in the United States and India are increasingly seeking out partnerships with counterparts to enhance academic collaboration, expand curricular offerings, advance joint research, and prepare their students with the international experiences and cross-cultural tools needed in their careers. However, many institutions face significant challenges in navigating education systems in other countries, identifying appropriate partners and developing effective institutional partnership strategies.

Representatives of ten U.S. institutions participated in a week-long study tour in India, visiting potential Indian partner campuses and international organizations in Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi. The November 7-12 visit was the culmination of a year-long training program focused on implementing and sustaining partnerships with higher education institutions in India. Eduardo Ochoa, Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education, joined the delegation, along with Molly Maguire Teas, Senior Advisor for Education at the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

The 2010 International Academic Partnership Program institutions are California State University, San Bernardino, College of William and Mary, Florida Atlantic University, Oakland Community College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Spelman College, St. Cloud State University, The University of Tulsa, University of South Carolina and Winston Salem State University. These campuses were chosen from a competitive candidate pool of more than 75 nominations and represent the breadth of U.S. institutions seeking linkages with institutions in India, including women's colleges, large research institutions, liberal arts schools, and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

To begin the tour, participants attended an introductory workshop on Indian Higher Education, and discussed U.S. and Indian priorities for developing academic linkages. Speakers included Parwan Agarwal, Secretary to the Government of West Bengal, Cooperation Department; Madan Gopal, Principal Secretary for Higher Education, Government of Karnataka; and Geetha Bali, Vice Chancellor, Karnataka State Women's University and General President, Indian Science Congress Association. The Honorable Minister of Higher Education of the Government of Karnataka Dr. V.S. Acharya chaired the afternoon Keynote Address, "Higher Education in India: Government Priorities and Vision."

The delegation visited higher education institutions and international organizations in the selected cities to observe higher education in India and learn about international partnership priorities from the Indian perspective. The delegates will visit Dayananda Sagar and National Law School Bangalore in Bangalore; Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), ICFAI Indian Business School, and Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai; and Lady Sri Ram College, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), India Technical Institute PUSA (ITI PUSA), IIT Delhi, and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) in Delhi. IIE also facilitated B2B meetings on November 10 in New Delhi with other Indian institutions.

The study tour culminated with a visit to the United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) in New Delhi, which is the Fulbright Commission for India and operates the EducationUSA advising center. Several of the participants also joined the 2010 Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Educational Summit, where delegates presented on several panels and met with potential partner institutions.

IAPP is one of several IIE initiatives targeted at strengthening higher education bonds between the U.S. and India. In March 2010 IIE published, with support from the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS) Foundation, International India: A Turning Point in Educational Exchange with the U.S., the most comprehensive volume in recent years to focus on U.S.-India higher education exchanges at a critical moment in this important relationship. The new book debuted at a reception in New Delhi during a weeklong visit to India by a delegation of U.S. higher education leaders, led by IIE President and CEO Dr. Allan Goodman and Dr. Martha Kanter, the Under Secretary of Education, to promote U.S. higher education and to enhance and expand linkages with institutions in India.

In September, the Institute of International Education presented Minister Kapil Sibal with the Stephen P. Duggan Award for Mutual Understanding, IIE’s highest honor, at an awards dinner in New York, in recognition of his resolute support of global collaboration in education. Minister Sibal’s leadership plays a role in the larger context of the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative, designed to build an enhanced India-US strategic partnership in education. The initiative was announced in November 2009 and is being finalized in 2010, with the governments of both countries pledging $5 million each to fund university partnerships and faculty development.

According to Open Doors, a report published annually by IIE with support from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State, Indian students in the United States represent slightly more than 15% of the total international student population in the United States. In 2008/09, there were more than 103,000 international students from India studying in the United States. The number of students from the United States studying abroad in India has also increased rapidly in recent years, although from a much smaller base. In the 2007/08 academic year, more than 3,000 students from U.S. colleges and universities received credit for study abroad in India. 

New data from Open Doors 2010 was released on Monday, November 15, and was presented at a special press conference that afternoon in New Delhi.

About the Institute of International Education

The Institute of International Education is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1919, IIE has a network of over 20 offices worldwide and over 1,000 member institutions. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations, and corporations. IIE also conducts policy research and program evaluations, and provides advising and counseling on international education and opportunities abroad.

The Institute of International Education has been engaged with higher education in India for over 50 years and has had an office in New Delhi since 2005. IIE India works closely with businesses, governments, and non-governmental organizations in the region, and has developed and implemented a strong set of activities in higher education scholarship administration, leadership development, and critical development fields, including energy. 

IIE’s Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education is also working to strengthen linkages between the U.S. and other countries in Asia. The IAPP activities for 2011 will focus on developing linkages in higher education between the U.S. and China.  In addition, the Center has launched the U.S. Indonesia Partnership Program for Study Abroad Capacity (USIPP) to help advance Indonesian higher education institutions’ capacity to provide high-quality study abroad programs for U.S. undergraduates. A two-year initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, USIPP will bring together six U.S. institutions with six Indonesian institutions to develop new, innovative study abroad opportunities for U.S. undergraduates in Indonesia and ultimately help Indonesian universities better prepare to host American students.

Institute of International Education Delegation to India
November 7 – 12, 2010
Participant List

U.S. Department of Education -- Eduardo Ochoa, Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education

U.S. Department of State -- Molly Maguire Teas, Senior Advisor for Education, Bureau of South and
Central Asian Affairs

U.S. Department of State -- Ryan M. Miller, India Desk Officer, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs

California State University, San Bernardino
Jotindar Johar, Marketing Professor
Tatiana Karmanova, Dean, College of Extended Learning
Chetan Prakash, Mathematics Professor

College of William and Mary
Stephen Sechrist, Assistant Director of International Students & Scholars
Kathleen Slevin, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs/Chancellor and Professor of Sociology

Florida Atlantic University -- Catherine Meschievitz, Director, Office of International Programs

Oakland Community College
Marilynn Kokoszka, Program Coordinator, Global Studies and History Faculty
M. Cathey Maze, Dean, Academic and Student Services
Steven Reif, Campus President, Royal Oak/Southfield

Ohio Wesleyan University
Darrell Albon, Director, International and Off Campus Programs
Craig Ullom, Vice President of Student Affairs

Spelman College -- Tinaz Pavri, Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science

St. Cloud State University
Ben Baliga, Professor of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering 
Todd DeVriese, Dean, College of Fine Arts and Humanities
Ann Radwan, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and International Studies

University of South Carolina
Venkataraman Lakshmi, Department Chair, Earth and Ocean Sciences
T.S.  Sudarshan, Chair, Electrical Engineering Department 
Patricia Willer , Associate Vice President for International Programs

University of Tulsa
Cheryl Matherly, Assistant Provost for Global Education
Kalpana Misra, Associate Dean, College of Arts & Science

Winston-Salem State University
Jessica Bailey, Dean, School of Business and Economics
Jotinder Sekhon, Director of International Programs
Peggy Valentine, Dean, School of Health Sciences

Institute of International Education
Shannon Harrison, Assistant Director, Higher Education Services
Lisa Long, Program Officer, International Partnerships
Ajit Motwani, Director, IIE-India
Daniel Obst, Deputy Vice President, International Partnerships
Preetika Sachar, Special Program Coordinator, IIE-India

IAPP Advisory Board Member—Susan Buck Sutton, Associate Vice Chancellor of International Affairs, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and Associate Vice President, Indiana University