The Institute of International Education hosted the 9th Annual Best Practices in Internationalization Conference at IIE's headquarters in New York City on March 14, 2014. Leading experts in the field and the winners of the 2014 Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education presented successful strategies and best practices on a range of themes in internationalizing higher education, including a new conference theme dedicated to internationalizing the professions.

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Speakers and Presentations

Keynote speakers were Marianne Craven, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, and Peggy Blumenthal, Senior Counselor to the President at the Institute of International Education

The conference featured presentations by university provosts, deans, and government officials who shared their strategies and achievements for internationalizing their respective campuses. Winners of the 2014 Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education discussed their programs, all of which contribute to the internationalization of higher education in the United States and abroad.

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IIE Andrew Heiskell Award Winners

IIE presented the Andrew Heiskell Awards for 2014 to ten campuses, recognizing their outstanding initiatives. To date, the Heiskell Awards have recognized nearly 100 programs. The goals of IIE’s Heiskell Awards are to foster innovative ideas that will help international education professionals create and sustain new opportunities for students and faculty; to bring international education to the forefront of education policy; and to stimulate public awareness of the benefits of international educational exchange.

Visit the Best Practices Resource featuring past Andrew Heiskell Award winners

Pre-Conference Generation Study Abroad Think Tank and Roundtable Discussions

On March 12, IIE hosted a think tank aimed at addressing how to change the paradigm for study abroad. This interactive one day event, tied to IIE's new "Generation Study Abroad" initiative, brought together select thought leaders from higher education institutions, educational associations and organizations, government agencies, foundations, and corporations. On March 13, IIE held a day of pre-conference roundtables on important current topics in international education. These sessions included discussions on: "Strategies to Better Integrate Chinese Students on U.S. Campuses", "Strategies for Expanding Collaboration with Brazil", and "The Impact of Globalization on International Education" and a donor dialogue on the role of the donor in international higher education. Each session was moderated by an IIE representative, and included expert speakers on the topics and participants from all facets of the higher education community.

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Sponsors and Partners

The Best Practices Conference was sponsored AIFS: American Institute for Foreign Study; Education Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York; ELS Language CentersEducational Testing Service (ETS); Embassy of France; Terra Dotta; University of Southern California Rossier School of Education; and Zinch, a Chegg Service.

IIE's college and university partners play an important role in the work that the institute has done throughout its history to enable future leaders from all backgrounds and in all sectors to gain access to world-class education. We are grateful to the higher education community and to all of the public and private sector sponsors and donors who make this possible.

The work that the Institute does, together with our partners and sponsors, to develop global leaders, internationalize higher education, and rescue threatened scholars encourages peace, prosperity, and scientific progress around the world. Opportunities like those offered by the Fulbright Program, Boren Scholarships and Fellowships, the Gilman International Scholarship Program, and IIE's Scholar Rescue Fund translate into life-changing experiences for tomorrow’s leaders. The Institute of International Education's vision is a world in which international is part of everyone’s education.

Svetlozara Trocheva
Program Manager, Membership
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