A private not-for-profit organization with 650 staff members in 19 offices around the globe, IIE is a world leader in academic exchange and the development of globally-competent professionals and future leaders. With 30 years of service at IIE, Ms. Blumenthal became its Chief Operating Officer in 2005, transitioning to the role of Senior Counselor to IIE President in 2011. Her earlier responsibilities at IIE included supervision of its international offices, research, and educational services.
Before joining IIE, Ms. Blumenthal served as Assistant Director of Stanford University's Overseas Studies and then as Coordinator of Graduate Services/Fellowships for the University of Hawaii's Center for Asian and Pacific Studies. Her earlier work focused on the development of U.S.-China exchanges as a staff member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and the Asia Society's China Council.
Selected publications include International Students and Global Mobility in Higher Education: National Trends and New Directions (Palgrave MacMillan, 2011), co-edited with Dr. Rajika Bhandari, and an earlier co-edited volume, Academic Mobility in a Changing World: Regional and Global Trends (Jessica Kingsley, 1990). Articles include “Virtual and Physical Mobility: A View from the U.S.” in ACA’s The Virtual Challenge to International Cooperation in Higher Education; a co-authored article in The Europa World of Learning, “Global Student Mobility: Moving Towards Brain Exchange”, and “Expanding Study Abroad in the STEM Fields: A Case Study of U.S. and German Programs,” in The Online Journal for Global Engineering. Ms. Blumenthal holds a B.A. from Harvard University in Modern Chinese History and an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She chairs the Board of JCIE-USA (Japan Center for International Exchange) and serves on the Boards of the Hong Kong–America Center and the Global Engineering Education Exchange, a student exchange consortium of 65 engineering schools around the world.
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