Generation Study Abroad | Summit

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More than 500 partners from academia, public and private sectors from the U.S. and abroad have joined Generation Study Abroad with a bold vision to double the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade.


On October 1-2, 2015, the inaugural IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad will bring commitment partners together in Washington, D.C. to highlight their progress and create positive new solutions.

The Summit will feature high-level plenary debates, action-oriented sessions, think tanks and networking opportunities, as well as an engaging expo hall, to mobilize commitments and inspire new actions.

Summit sessions will revolve around the following themes:

  1. How does study abroad build a globally minded workforce?
  2. How can study abroad be redefined and rebranded for today's global economy?
  3. What is the impact of study abroad?
  4. What innovative solutions are most effective in increasing study abroad participation?

Who Should Attend?

  • Directors of U.S. study abroad offices
  • Deans of international affairs from U.S. and foreign universities
  • University Presidents and senior administrators from U.S. and foreign universities
  • Academic department heads from U.S. and foreign universities
  • Representatives from education associations and study abroad organizations
  • CEOs and senior HR professionals from the private and public sector
  • Representatives of organizations focused on youth empowerment and access to education
  • Government representatives from education, foreign affairs, and trade departments
  • Representatives from Career Services and Diversity Offices

Plenary speakers to date include:

  • Ángel Cabrera, President, George Mason University
  • Peter D. Hancock, President and Chief Executive Officer, AIG
  • Eduardo Padron, President, Miami Dade College
  • Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Dr. Angel Cabrera, President of George Mason UniversityPeter D. Hancock, President and CEO of AIGDr. Eduardo Padron, President of Miami Dade CollegeEvan Ryan, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs

The Summit will result in the sharing of theory, research and practices that encourage thinking differently about study abroad and changing the paradigm so that international experience is recognized as an essential and accessible component of a 21st century education. Together, Generation Study Abroad commitment partners will generate an arsenal of big ideas, and walk away with strategies and tactics to help them reach their commitments and goals.

It is an exciting opportunity to engage and showcase commitment partners from all sectors, including U.S. and non-U.S. higher education institutions, the K-12 community, foreign language community, study abroad organizations, education associations, private sector corporations and foundations, and U.S. and foreign government partners.

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