Connecting with the World

About the Course

Connecting with the World is a training course for international professionals coordinated by the Institute of International Education. The course currently offers training to education professionals and Ministry officials from Myanmar, giving them the tools to develop and manage an international office.

The 20-week course provides comprehensive instruction on topics such as hosting a foreign delegation, facilitating student and faculty exchange, developing institutional agreements, and the basic role of the international office within a university. Additionally, IIE coordinates a group of experienced mentors from around the world that provide personalized feedback, advice, and guidance to their counterparts in Myanmar.

The course curriculum is developed by IIE in collaboration with leading international educators at: Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey, the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Northern Arizona University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Bangkok University and the University of Zurich.

Fifty-six individuals from thirty-one universities participated in a 2013-14 pilot course, supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, ELS Educational Services, Inc., the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon, the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), and Knowledge Platform, a next generation learning solution company.

Thanks to generous support from the Henry Luce Foundation, the 2015-2016 course offerings will include a new iteration of the pilot Level 1 course and a more advanced Level 2 course.

Announcement: IIE Seeking Mentors for 2015 - 2016 Levels 1 and 2 Courses!

July 13, 2015 - IIE is seeking motivated, qualified international education professionals to provide one year of mentorship to counterparts at universities in Myanmar through the IIE Connecting with the World course. In the 2015 – 2016 cycle, IIE is offering a Level 1 Basic course and Level 2 Intermediate course. Mentors will be paired with one or two course participants from either of the course levels, providing weekly guidance on assignments and other course material. Communication is mainly performed via e-mail and Skype. Past mentors have been critical to the success of the course by providing helpful guidance to colleagues in Myanmar who have a keen interest in internationalizing their campuses, and acting as a link for fostering closer ties between their home institutions and their mentees’ institutions. Mentorship lasts from October 2015 – October 2016 and is estimated to take approximately 1-2 hours per week (per mentee).

Interested professionals should complete an application and send to Charles von Rosenberg (

Download the application (108 KB, DOC)

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