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: Nominations now being accepted for qualified individuals to participate in the Connecting with the World: International Relations in Higher Education Institutions pilot course.

September 15, 2015

IIE is pleased to offer university administrators and Ministry officials in Myanmar the opportunity to nominate qualified individuals from their respective institutions to participate in the Connecting with the World: International Relations in Higher Education Institutions pilot course. This 20-week course is designed for 30 – 50 university and Ministry officials.

While any individual is eligible to be nominated, all ideal nominees should:

  • be responsible for international relations
  • be proficient in English
  • have the time and resources to complete the course work (1-2 hours per week)
  • be available to attend an in-person Opening Workshop (Yangon or Mandalay, November 2015 – date to be determined)

We encourage you to nominate up to two participants. However, please note that only one participant is eligible to receive funding to attend the Opening Workshop. One participant per institution will be provided transportation to and from Yangon or Mandalay and accommodation. Meals and materials will be covered for all participants at the training workshop.

How to submit nomination: Please scan and email all completed nomination forms to Shawn Patton (

Download the nomination form (104 KB, DOC)

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