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The Institute of International Education Selects Eleven U.S. Colleges and Universities for Partnership Program with India

NEW YORK, NY, July 18, 2011—The Institute of International Education announced today that it has selected eleven U.S. colleges and universities to participate in the 2012 India initiative of the International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP). Over the next year, program staff at each of these institutions will participate in a series of training activities arranged by IIE to help them implement and sustain partnerships with institutions in India, culminating with a study tour to India in early 2012 to meet with potential partner campuses.

The eleven U.S. campuses are: Fort Hays State University, George Mason University, Northern Illinois University, Queens College (City University of New York), Rollins College, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Suffolk University, Thomas College, University of Kentucky, University of Oregon and University of Montana. An IIE review panel chose these U.S. colleges and universities based on successful applications that outlined their strong interest in building ties with institutions in India and their need for the assistance that IAPP provides. 

IIE’s Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education runs the IAPP program, which was established in 2009 with funding from the Department of Education to help increase the number of partnerships between institutions of higher education in the United States and India.

Each institution has made a commitment to form a campus-wide task force to work on prospective partnerships, conduct an institution-wide inventory of activities pertaining to India and develop a strategic plan focused on partnership with India. Partnership activities may include joint programs, student exchanges or faculty linkages for collaborative research and teaching. IIE’s goal in creating the IAPP program of webinars, workshops and site visits is to establish a toolkit of best practices for international partnerships in different parts of the world, that would be widely disseminated and helpful to other campuses seeking to establish linkages. 
“Higher education is an important area of the strategic partnership between the United States and India because of its impact on fostering collaboration on critical issues that we face today,” said IIE President Allan E. Goodman. “This new phase of the International Academic Partnership Program and the strong group of campuses will strengthen the educational ties between our two nations and pave the way for students from both countries to gain important international perspective. We aim to support the Obama-Singh goal to advance the U.S.-India global partnership for the benefit of their countries, for peace, stability and prosperity in Asia, and for the betterment of the world.”

The partnership program was launched with an initial two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). The goal of this FIPSE grant was to help jumpstart an academic partnership program in higher education between the U.S. and other countries that would grow into a self-sustaining program. Now in its third year, the partnership program continues to thrive, using a fee-based model.

The pilot program launched in 2009 also focused on building partnerships between the U.S. and India, with ten participating U.S. institutions taking part in a year-long training project and a study tour to India in 2010. The following year, IAPP focused on building partnerships between the U.S. and China, and guided another ten universities through a strategic planning process and a study tour in 2011. The 2012 IAPP India initiative will build on the success of previous years, harnessing new lessons learned, and continuing to leverage IIE’s expertise in international higher education. 

In academic year 2009/10 India was the second leading place of origin for international students in the United States (after China) with 104,897 Indian students enrolled in U.S. higher education, according to the Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, published by IIE with support from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Students from India accounted for more than 15% of the total international student population. Open Doors 2010 reports that India hosted 2,690 U.S. students in 2008/09. This represents a decrease of 15% from the previous year, a drop which has been largely attributed to the economic downturn.  

A forthcoming IIE report, “Increasing Study Abroad to India: A Guide for Institutions” reveals that many existing study abroad programs in India are at or near enrollment capacity, highlighting a growing need for both U.S. and Indian institutions to forge new bilateral partnerships in order to accommodate increasing U.S. interest in India as a study destination. The IIEPassport study abroad directory includes listings for the range of programs available to US students seeking short-term or academic year study in India.

Though separate from the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative, IIE’s partnership program is one of several initiatives helping to increase institutional capacity for developing partnerships and assisting U.S. institutions through their strategic planning process. Secretary of State Clinton traveled to Delhi in July for the second U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue, and the two governments are working on plans for a U.S.-India Higher Education Summit to be held in Washington later this year, to follow up on the Obama-Singh Summit of 2009. The event will bring hundreds of educational institutes together from both countries to discuss a number of topics including growing the number of U.S. students’ who study in India and the number of Indians studying in the United States.

Institute of International Education

The Institute of International Education is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1919, IIE has a network of 18 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.