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IIE Hosts Higher Education Outreach Seminar for German Leaders

October 3 – 7, 2011—For the first week of October, the Institute of International Education will host ten higher education leaders from Germany on a five-day study tour of U.S. campuses in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, organized on behalf of the German-American Fulbright Commission.

In 2010, German universities Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft and the Stiftung Mercator, initiated a competition among universities for the best concepts of university outreach and civic engagement in Germany. The competition was developed to inspire German higher education institutions to assert a more public role that goes beyond the delivery of instruction and considers a university´s impact on economic and workforce development, education reform, municipal planning as well as social and cultural welfare.

The goal of the seminar, “Connecting Knowledge to Serve Society: University Engagement in the U.S.,” is to introduce representatives from the ten finalist institutions to higher education in the United States, and how diverse U.S. schools practice and develop their university engagement and outreach. A cooperative project supported by the Stifterverband and conducted by the German-American Fulbright Commission, the seminar will focus on management and governance, marketing and competition, financing, decision-making, and quality assurance at U.S. universities.

The representatives of the ten finalist institutions are University of Augsburg, University of Applied Sciences Dortmund, University of Duisburg-Essen, Zeppelin University, University of Kassel, one Munich University, Dresden Technical University, University of Applied Sciences Munster, Neubrandenburg University of Applied Sciences and the University of Regensburg.

U.S. universities have long considered themselves as partners and innovators of their local regions and undertaken extensive outreach activities to promote economic development and entrepreneurship, public service, continuing education and cultural enrichment in their communities. However this concept is new in Germany, where universities still regards academic teaching and research as their prime objective and most important indicator for their institutional standing. U.S. schools, implementing institutional missions that are derived from a relatively young history and entirely different educational philosophy, may serve as role models on how to engage with communities and how to establish regional networks and cooperative projects.

During the week, the German delegation will travel to and meet with leaders from six public and private universities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including Carnegie Mellon University, the Major’s Office of Education, Community College of Philadelphia, Temple University, New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, Rutgers and the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick.

Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education

The Institute of International Education’s Center for International partnerships in Higher Education draws on our wide-ranging membership network of more than 1,100 colleges and universities and extensive expertise in international education to provide administrators, policymakers, and practitioners with the resources and connections to develop and sustain partnerships around the world. The Center also produces timely policy research on critical issues in the field and convenes international education leaders in conferences and workshops.

Institute of International Education

Founded in 1919, IIE is a private nonprofit leader in the international exchange of people and ideas with 18 offices worldwide. In collaboration with governments, foundations and other sponsors, IIE implements programs of study and training for students, educators and professionals from all sectors that benefit more than 25,000 people each year. These programs include the flagship Fulbright Program and Gilman Scholarships administered for the U.S. Department of State.