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Institute of International Education Leads Higher Education Delegation to Build Academic Partnership between China and the United States

Leaders from Ten U.S. Colleges and Universities Visit Beijing, Chongqing and Wuhan

BEIJING, May 15, 2011—The Institute of International Education (IIE) is leading a delegation of high level administrators from ten U.S. colleges and universities to China this week as part of the International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP). The goal of this initiative, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) and administered by IIE’s Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education, is to increase the number of international partnerships between higher education institutions in the U.S. and those in China.

Higher education institutions in both countries are increasingly seeking to form partnerships with their counterparts, especially in light of the Obama administration’s 100,000 Strong” Initiative to dramatically increase the number and diversity of American students who study in China. However, many institutions face significant challenges in navigating education systems in other countries and find it difficult to identify appropriate partners and develop effective institutional partnership strategies.

IAPP helps institutions in the U.S. establish ties with institutions in China by providing them with guidance on best practices and tools to help them cultivate linkages as one part of their institutions’ larger internationalization strategies. The May 13 - 21 visit is the culmination of a year-long training program on how to implement and maintain partnerships with higher education institutions in China.

The ten institutions participating in IAPP in 2011 are: Greenville Technical College, Jacksonville State University, Lake Washington Technical College, Marymount Manhattan College, Saginaw Valley State University, Southern Methodist University, The State University of New York at Fredonia, The College of New Jersey, University of Southern Indiana, and Utah Valley University. These campuses were chosen from a competitive candidate pool and represent the breadth of U.S. institutions seeking linkages with institutions in China. Each institution has committed to form a campus task force to work on prospective partnerships, conduct an institution-wide inventory of activities pertaining to China and develop a strategic plan focused on partnership with China. The goals are 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.

The week-long program begins with a workshop on Chinese higher education and a discussion of U.S. and Chinese priorities for developing academic linkages. Speakers include: Dr. Jiang Bo, Secretary General of China Education Association for International Exchange; Mr. Hu Zhengrong, Vice President of Communications University of China; and Professor Wang Yingjie, from Beijing Normal University.

The delegation will visit Chinese campuses and international organizations in Beijing, Chongqing and Wuhan, to learn about the educational system in China. The host institutions include: Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the China University of Political Science and Law (also the School of American and Comparative Law) in Beijing; Chongqing Technology and Business University, Chongqing Lijia Middle School, and Chongqing Industry Polytechnic College in Chongqing; and Hubei University, Wuhan University of Technology, and Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan.

While in Wuhan, the group will also attend the Sino-U.S. Education Exchange Workshop hosted by Hubei University, which will provide networking opportunities with the diverse Chinese institutions participating in the workshop. These include: Hubei University, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan Textile University, Wuhan Polytechnic University, Wuhan Institute of Technology, Hubei University of Technology, Hubei University of Economics, Wuhan Technical College of Communications, and Hubei Light Industry Vocational and Technical College.

“Educational ties are key to strengthening the relationship between China and the United States,” said IIE President Allan E. Goodman. “For leaders in both countries to innovate and solve problems together in the future, they must work together in classrooms, research labs and dormitories now. Together we will be able to find better solutions to shared global challenges.”
China is the leading place of origin for international students in the United States, according to IIE's Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, an annual research project supported by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). In academic year 2009/10, there were 127,628 students from China studying in the U.S., accounting for more than 18% of the total international student population. Open Doors 2010 reported that the number of international students at colleges and universities in the U.S. increased by 3% to 690,923 during 2009/10, a record high number of international students in the U.S. that was primarily driven by a 30% increase in Chinese student enrollment in the United States.
Open Doors also reports an increase of 4% in the number of U.S. students studying abroad in China. In academic year 2008/09, the latest year for which data is available, more than 13,600 U.S. students studied abroad in China, making it the fifth most popular study abroad destination for students from the United States. The number of U.S. students studying abroad in China has more than doubled since 2004/05. 
Several additional IIE initiatives are working to strengthen higher education bonds between the U.S. and China. IIE is actively supporting the 100,000 Strong Initiative and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s challenge to U.S. colleges and universities to double the number of their students who study in China by 2014. Several IIE-administered programs support academic engagement between students and scholars in the U.S. and China, such as: the Fulbright Program and Gilman International Scholarship Program sponsored by ECA; the Boren Scholarships and Fellowships sponsored by the National Security Education Program; and the Freeman Awards for Study in Asia sponsored by the Freeman Foundation.

IIE also published a special directory this year, IIEPassport Study Abroad in China, to help U.S. students identify study abroad programs in China that meet their needs. This special edition of IIE's long-standing series of IIEPassport Study Abroad Directories includes 350 programs for U.S. graduate and undergraduate students, offered by the U.S. and Chinese governments, third party providers, private foundations and U.S. higher education institutions. The magazine, produced in partnership with Lonely Planet and Naylor Publications, also features information on scholarships and funding resources to study abroad in China, advice from students who have studied in China and articles about the efforts both the U.S. and Chinese governments are making to promote U.S.-China exchange.

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 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.

IIE has been engaged with higher education in China for over 50 years and has had an office in Beijing since 2001 and one in Hong Kong since 1967. The IIE office in Beijing focuses primarily on supporting the exchange of Fulbright researchers between the U.S. and China; selecting Chinese teachers for grants to teach in the U.S.; and designing and administering annual grants competitions, including the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program and the China Medical Board Grants Program.

Institute of International Education Delegation to China
May 13 – 21, 2011

Jacksonville State University
Lisa Williams, Associate Dean
Alicia Simmons, Institutional Research and Assessment

Greenville Technical College
Chirinjev Peterson, Director, International Education Center

Lake Washington Technical College
Li Lowry, Career Specialist

Marymount Manhattan College
Cecilia Feilla, Assistant Professor of English
Yu-Yin Cheng, Associate Professor of History and International Studies

Saginaw Valley State University
Mark Potts, Special Assistant to the Provost

Southern Methodist University
Michael Clarke, Executive Director, International Center

State University of New York at Fredonia
Linda Dorsten, Professor of Sociology & Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Programs in Public Health

The College of New Jersey
John Stauff, Director, Center for Global Engagement

University of Southern Indiana
Ronald S. Rochon, Provost
Brian Posler, Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Studies
Heidi Gregori-Gahan, Director, International Programs & Services
Xinran Hu, Associate Professor of Graphic Design

Utah Valley University
Brian Birch, Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs Engaged Learning
Danny Damron, Director, International Center
Institute of International Education
Shannon Harrison, Assistant Director, Higher Education Services

IIE Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education and IAPP

The IIE Center for International Partnerships launched IAPP in 2009 with FIPSE support as a two year initiative, with the pilot group focused on building partnerships between the U.S. and India. Ten U.S. institutions participated in the first year as well, and their experience culminated with a study tour to India that coincided with President Obama’s Indian visit in November 2010.

IAPP China builds on the success of the first year with India, harnessing new lessons learned from year one, and continuing to leverage IIE’s expertise in international higher education. Through IAPP programming, such as webinars, workshops and site visits, IIE seeks to establish a toolkit of best practices for international partnerships in different parts of the world. In 2012, IAPP activities will focus again on developing linkages in higher education between the U.S. and India. 

The IIE Center is working to strengthen ties between the U.S. and other countries in Asia as well. The IIE 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 ECA, USIPP brings 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. 

IAPP China Advisory Board

Pamela Cranston
Vice Provost for International Programs, Johns Hopkins University

Stephen Dunnett
Professor & Vice Provost for International Programs, State University of New York at Buffalo

Arlene Jackson
Director of International Education, American Association of State Colleges and Universities

Madelyn Ross
Director, China Initiatives, George Mason University

Yenbo Wu
Associate Vice President, Division of International Education, San Francisco State University

Susan Buck Sutton
Senior Advisor for International Initiatives, Bryn Mawr College