Attendees of the Passport to India Roundtable at IIE

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The Institute of International Education Launches IIE Business and Research Internships for Technology and Education (BRITE) in India

NEW YORK, NY, October 12, 2011—A new initiative from the Institute of International Education, the IIE Business and Research Internships for Technology and Education (BRITE), seeks to promote international opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students in India. BRITE India will allow U.S. students to gain an understanding of India's people, history and culture as well as the country's rapidly developing social and economic infrastructure. BRITE India was announced at a recent roundtable discussion that IIE hosted at its headquarters in New York City in support of the U.S. Department of State’s Passport to India initiative. 

The U.S. Department of State's Passport to India initiative was established as part of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s commitment to promoting internships for American high school and college students in India. The IIE project, BRITE India, is a private sector effort that is aligned with the Obama administration goals to improve U.S. students and young professionals' understanding of India. Currently, fewer than 3,000 U.S. students study in India annually. In contrast, more than 100,000 students from India study in the United States each year, helping to foster knowledge of U.S. cities, culture and business among young people in India.

BRITE India will help popularize India as a destination for students from the United States. Given India’s political and economic role in the global market, and its multitude of cultures and languages, U.S. students must have more exposure to India in both educational and business contexts. As a host to numerous rapidly growing businesses and research centers, India is an ideal location for internship programs focusing on business, entrepreneurship and technology, with myriad internship opportunities in India’s booming private sector.

IIE will secure private support from corporations with an interest in promoting economic cooperation with India and developing a generation of Americans with the skills to think, work and act globally. With support from the private sector, BRITE India will serve as a premier platform for placing American students in internships in India. Leveraging IIE's unique expertise in international education and strong global networks, IIE BRITE India will achieve the following goals:

  • Strengthen ties between the U.S. and Indian business communities and any future leaders in the two countries;
  • Enable participating students to gain new skills to become more competitive in the global economy and expose them to the opportunities of working with one of the world’s key emerging markets;
  • Promote international understanding and develop the next generation of global innovators, leaders, researchers and entrepreneurs.

IIE President and CEO Dr. Allan Goodman will participate in the U.S.-India Higher Education Summit taking place on Thursday, October 13 in Washington, DC, and will chair a panel discussion on “Faculty Collaboration and Scholarship.” Co-hosted by the Government of the United States and the Government of India,  the summit will further strengthen higher education collaboration and exchange between institutions in the United States and India through exploration of topics of mutual interest such as joint degrees, research partnerships, accreditation and quality assurance. More than 300 leaders in higher education, government and business are expected to attend.

IIE is currently seeking sponsorship between $25K-$100K from potential partners for BRITE India. To learn more and become a sponsor of BRITE India, contact Jonah Kokodyniak, Deputy Vice President, Strategic Development.

Institute of International Education

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is among the world’s largest and most experienced international exchange organizations, dedicated to increasing the capacity of people to think and work on a global and intercultural basis. Founded in 1919 as an independent, nonprofit organization, IIE is committed to delivering program excellence to a diverse range of participants, sponsors and donors. The Institute currently implements more than 250 programs benefiting nearly 24,000 men and women from 175 nations.

In addition to the U.S. Department of State, IIE’s program sponsors include: the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); the World Bank; major philanthropic foundations; private and public corporations; foreign governments; and individuals. With global headquarters in New York City, IIE has 18 international offices and representatives around the world, including regional offices in Washington D.C., Chicago, Denver, Houston and San Francisco. International offices include China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine and Vietnam. 

IIE's Work in India

IIE has been engaged with higher education in India for over 60 years and has had an office in New Delhi since 2005. Central to our work in India is the administration of many key programs that promote mutual understanding between the people of India and the U.S., including the world-renowned Fulbright program, which IIE has had the honor to administer on behalf of the U.S. Department of State since the program’s inception in 1946. Additional programs in India include the Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program, the Packard Foundation’s Leadership Development Mechanism, the GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders Program, the Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Program and the U.S. Department of State’s Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship and Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Programs, among others.

Through the Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education, IIE also administers the International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP) in India, which helps to increase the number of partnerships between institutions of higher education in the United States and India. Recently IIE led a delegation of leaders from ten U.S. colleges and universities to visit Bangalore, Mumbai and New Delhi through IAPP. The Institute is also a leader in conducting research on international student flow and policy issues in international education between the U.S and India. Our recent publications include the IIE/AIFS Foundation Global Report on India-U.S. Higher Education Exchange and Expanding U.S. Study Abroad to India: A Guide for Institutions.