In February 2013, a delegation of ten universities led by IIE’s President and CEO, Allan Goodman, and Meghann Curtis, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Academic Programs at the Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, along with representatives of the U.S. Embassy, visited universities, organizations, and government entities in Yangon, Mandalay, and Naypyidaw. The visit was part of a broader IIE Myanmar higher education initiative which seeks to help the country rebuild its higher education capacity.
The Myanmar initiative includes a series of bi-national conference calls to increase higher education cooperation between the U.S. and Myanmar. The universities are taking part in IIE’s International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP) with Myanmar, a six-month program that assists colleges and universities in developing a strategic plan for partnering with counterparts in Myanmar. In addition to the February visit, they have participated in informational webinars, conducted a guided strategic planning exercise, benefited from expert mentorship, and gained access to IIE’s partnership resources.