Finnish Study Tour Alumni Relations Institutional Giving

WASHINGTON, DC, March 23, 2012—The Institute of International Education’s Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education will host a delegation of Finnish higher education leaders for a five-day study tour in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia beginning March 25. The program, organized on behalf of the Fulbright Center in Finland (Finland-U.S. Educational Exchange Commission), will focus on alumni relations and institutional giving in U.S. higher education, and will consist of workshops and site visits to public and private universities in Maryland and Virginia. 

The goal of this delegation from Finnish higher education institutions is to search for best practices in alumni cooperation, fundraising and donor relations. Specifically, participants will visit campuses to discuss alumni affairs and cooperation, and fundraising. The group will learn about the American system from expert speakers and through direct observation at private and public universities. The seminar will focus on comparing U.S. practices with current and emerging Finnish strategies in the area and identifying possible applications of the American strategies to the Finnish system.

During the week, the Finnish delegation will visit a range of institutions that represent the diversity of U.S. higher education and meet with officials from University of Maryland, University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the College of William & Mary. The delegation will also meet with representatives of the Council for Advancement & Support of Education (CASE), Carnegie Mellon University, the John Hopkins University, University of Mary Washington, University of Virginia, and the Embassy of Finland. 

Leaders of the Fulbright Center will accompany representatives from Aalto University, Lappeenranta University of Technology, STEPIT/Helsinki Metropolia UAS, University of Helsinki, University of Jyväskylä, and University of Oulu.

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