IIE Leads Study Tour in India

Leaders from Eleven U.S. Colleges and Universities Visit Hyderabad, Mumbai and New Delhi

NEW DELHI, January 11, 2012—The Institute of International Education (IIE) will lead a delegation of high level administrators from eleven U.S. colleges and universities on a study tour through three different cities in India to strengthen ties in higher education between India and the United States. U.S. participants will meet their counterparts at diverse institutions in India and to experience the country’s higher education system. The U.S. educators will spend one week visiting campuses and meeting with higher education officials in Hyderabad, Mumbai and Delhi from January 29 to February 3 to learn about educational partnership priorities from the Indian perspective.

The group will visit India as part of the International Academic Partnership Program, an initiative of IIE’s Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education that seeks to increase international partnerships between higher education institutions. The study tour is an integral part of the year-long training program which guides U.S. institutions on how to implement and sustain partnerships with higher education institutions in India and align their partnerships with other campus-wide internationalization strategies.

Higher education institutions in the United States and India pursue partnerships to enhance academic collaboration, expand curricular offerings, advance joint research, and prepare their students with the international experiences and cross-cultural tools needed in their careers. However, many institutions face significant challenges in navigating education systems in other countries, identifying appropriate partners and developing effective institutional partnership strategies.

IIE launched the partnership program in 2009 with a pilot grant from the Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, but now manages the initiative independently. The 2012 delegation is the second cohort to participate in the program for India. The IAPP initiative has also conducted year-long partnership training programs focused on Brazil and China, and a separate initiative for U.S.-Indonesia partnerships. The 2012 IAPP India initiative will build on the knowledge base and best practices from the previous partnership delegations.

The study tour coincides with a new book published by IIE on partnerships in higher education with support from the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS) Foundation. Developing Strategic International Partnerships: Models for Initiating and Sustaining Innovative Institutional Linkages is a compilation of articles written by a wide range of experts in higher education. The volume features an instructive panorama of partnership programs from around the world, and offers recommendations, models, and strategies for initiating, managing, and sustaining a range of international linkages.

IIE will officially launch the book with a reception in New Delhi on February 1st as part of the study tour. P.J. Lavakare, an expert in Indian higher education and an IAPP India Advisor who authored a chapter in the book, will accompany the delegation.

The U.S. institutions participating in the 2012 program with India were chosen from a competitive candidate pool and represent the breadth of U.S. institutions interested in building ties with India, including large research institutions, liberal arts schools, and community colleges. They are: Fort Hays State University; George Mason University; Northern Illinois University; Queens College, CUNY; Rollins College; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Suffolk University; Thomas College; the University of Kentucky; the University of Montana; and the University of Oregon.

The delegates from these schools will visit a variety of institutions, including: St. Xavier’s College; S.N.D.T. Women’s University; H.R. College of Commerce & Economics; the University of Hyderabad; the Indian School of Business; Lady Shri Ram College for Women; Indira Gandhi National Open University; Jawaharlal Nehru University; and IIT Delhi. In addition, IIE will facilitate networking meetings with other institutions and groups, such as NALSAR University of Law; IIIT Hyderabad; Osmania University; Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University; Nizam College; IBS Hyderabad; Vellore Institute of Technology; and Manipal University.

The group will also visit the United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) in New Delhi, which serves as India’s Fulbright Commission and operates the EducationUSA advising center, and will meet with representatives from the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry’s (FICCI) Council on Higher Education.

According to Open Doors, a report published annually by IIE in partnership with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, Indian students represent slightly more than 14 percent of the total international student population in the United States, and India is the second highest sending country after China. Nearly 104,000 international students from India studied in the United States in 2010/11. The number of students from the United States studying abroad in India in 2009/10 increased more than 44 percent from the previous year, with more than 3,800 students from U.S. colleges and universities receiving academic credit for study abroad in India. 

Institute of International Education

The Institute of International Education is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1919, IIE has network of over 20 offices worldwide and over 1,000 member institutions. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations, and corporations. IIE also conducts policy research and program evaluations, and provides advising and counseling on international education and opportunities abroad.

The Institute of International Education has been engaged with higher education in India for over 50 years and has had an office in New Delhi since 2005. IIE India works closely with businesses, governments, and non-governmental organizations in the region, and has developed and implemented a strong set of activities in higher education scholarship administration, leadership development, and critical development fields, including energy. 

IIE’s Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education is also working to strengthen linkages between the U.S. and other countries around the world. In addition to India, IIE is currently guiding a group of U.S. institutions on developing linkages in higher education between the U.S. and Brazil. In 2010, the Center launched the U.S. Indonesia Partnership Program for Study Abroad Capacity (USIPP) to help advance Indonesian higher education institutions’ capacity to provide high-quality study abroad programs for U.S. undergraduates. A two-year initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, USIPP brings together six U.S. institutions with six Indonesian institutions to develop new, innovative study abroad opportunities for U.S. undergraduates in Indonesia and ultimately increase the number of Americans studying abroad in Indonesia. 

Institute of International Education Delegation to India
January 29 – February 3, 2012
Participant List

Fort Hays State University
Cynthia Elliott, Assistant Provost for Strategic Partnerships and Dean of Distance Learning
Timothy Crowley, Dean of the Graduate School/Assistant Provost for Internationalization

George Mason University
Anne Schiller, Vice President, Office of Global and International Strategies
Supriya Baily, Assistant Professor, Initiatives in Educational Transformation, College of Education and Human Development
Susan Graziano, Global Grant Coordinator, Office of Global and International Strategies

Northern Illinois University
Deborah Pierce, Associate Provost
Bradley Ginn Bond, Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies
Promod Vohra, Dean of the College of Engineering & Engineering Technology

Queens College, CUNY
Helen Gaudette, Director of Office of Global Education Initiatives

Rollins College
Jonathan Walz, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology & Archaeology Program
Ilan Alon, Cornell Professor of International Business, Director of the China Center

Rutgers University
Alison Price-Rom, Director, Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs
David Finegold, Senior Vice President, Lifelong Learning and Strategic Growth
Triveni Kuchi, Director, Program in South Asian Studies, Rutgers University
Joanna Regulska, Vice President for International and Global Affairs

Suffolk University
John Hamel, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment and Director of Undergraduate Admission

Thomas College
Thomas Edwards, Provost
Joseph Scozzafava, Assistant Professor of Biology

University of Kentucky
Srimati Basu, Associate Professor, Gender & Women’s Studies
Keiko Tanaka, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director, Asia Center

University of Montana
Peter Baker, International Program Development Officer
J.B. Alexander (Sandy) Ross, Associate Dean, Graduate School

University of Oregon
Biswarup Sen, Assistant Professor, School of Journalism and Communication
Kathleen Poole, Director, Special Projects and Initiatives, Office of International Affairs

Institute of International Education
Clare Banks, Program Officer, Center for International Partnerships
Leena Soman, Manager, Public Affairs
Namrata Jha, Director, IIE New Delhi
Preetika Sachar, Special Program Coordinator, IIE-India


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