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Professional Exchanges

IIE San Francisco leverages local expertise and capacity with Institute-wide resources to create customized programs to further higher education, exchange, and capacity building in our partners' areas of interest. IIESF provides comprehensive services to address the entire training process, including:

  • Processing visa applications,
  • Placing participants in short and long-term observational study tours, customized training courses, and internships programs,
  • Monitoring participants progress,
  • Providing support services through a nationwide network of regional offices,
  • Evaluating the outcomes of training, and
  • Generating progress and financial reports using streamlined administrative systems that have been custom tailored to meet the sponsors' needs.

Every year, IIE manages a variety of training and exchange programs in such fields as higher education, professional and leadership development, and teacher exchange, on topics ranging from women's empowerment to STEM field innovation. Our organization works on behalf of a wide variety of sponsors, including academic institutions, corporations, foundations, and U.S. and foreign governments. Examples of IIESF's professional exchange programs include:


Afghan Higher Education Exchanges Program

In partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Kabul and the Afghan Ministry of Higher Education, AHEEP will provide participants exposure to successful models of higher education administration with a special focus on facilitating growth; fostering professional links with leaders in the American system of higher education and among the Afghan cohorts; and strengthening leadership skills through the development of action plans. The program emphasizes gender and regional diversity by focusing on the participation of women and individuals from provinces outside of Kabul.


Japan Intercultural Academy of Municipalities (JIAM), U.S. Study-tour Program

JIAM-ST-Group-In-BuffaloThe Japan Intercultural Academy of Municipalities (JIAM) seeks to develop the professional management skills of Japanese government employees to effectively respond to issues of globalization. The U.S. study-tour component is designed for civil servants to explore international and public policy issues. IIE works with JIAM to design and facilitate these study tours, which allow trainees to visit the U.S. and participate in a range of professional activities. For approximately two weeks, participants take part in lectures and site visits to government offices and non-governmental organizations on various public policy issues.

Learn more about the Japan Intercultural Academy of Municipalities (JIAM)


Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development

Fulbright JapanThe Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) provides U.S. teachers and administrators with the opportunity to travel to Japan on this fully-funded program to learn about ESD efforts and strengthen ESD curricula in both countries. ESD is "a vision of education that seeks to balance human and economic well-being with cultural traditions and respect for the earth's natural resources," according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Learn more about the Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development


International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

IVLP-ST-Maria-Participant-VolunteerismIIE San Francisco was honored to run this program for 8 years. Each year, we received over 900 distinguished leaders, most identified and selected by the U.S. State Department and U.S. Embassies around the world. The local IVLP program is now run by the Northern California World Trade Center.

Learn more about the International Visitor Leadership Program administered by other IIE offices


TechWomen

TechWomen ST-Mentee OrientationBringing the power of global business, technology, and education together, TechWomen pairs women in Silicon Valley with their counterparts in the Middle East and North Africa for a professional mentorship and exchange program at leading technology companies. Using innovative technologies, cutting-edge content, and social networking tools, TechWomen fosters and develops the next generation of women leaders in the technology field by providing women and girls with the access and opportunity needed to pursue tech-based careers. TechWomen is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Learn more about the TechWomen program

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