Treasures of New York: Institute of International Education

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Treasures of New York: IIE

NEW YORK, Feb. 27, 2019 – The Institute of International Education (IIE), a non-profit based out of New York City, has made a global impact by changing the lives of thousands of students, rescuing hundreds of imperiled scholars, and setting the course for a brighter future. In celebration of its centennial, Treasures of New York: Institute of International Education will trace the history of this distinguished organization, shedding light on its major accomplishments over the past hundred years to promote international education and empower the global exchange of ideas. From managing some of the world’s most prestigious scholarships, to its programs that support scholars in crisis, viewers will get an in-depth look at the work of this organization, and learn about the impact its programs have had on people’s lives.

Notable Interviewees:

Marie Royce – Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy – (Vermont)

U.S. Representative Nita Lowey – (New York)

U.S. Representative Gregory Meeks – (New York)

George Batah – IIE Emergency Student Fund Grantee

Amal Alachkar – IIE Scholar Rescue Fund Fellow

Mark Angelson – Vice Chairman, Institute of International Education

Allan E. Goodman – President & CEO, Institute of International Education

Vartan Gregorian – President, Carnegie Corporation of New York

Silvanos Mudzvova – IIE Artist Protection Fund Fellow

Sana Mustafa – Participant, IIE Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis

Jennifer Raab – President, Hunter College 

Allie Surina – Alumna, Gilman Program, Critical Language Scholarship, Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Noteworthy Facts: 

The Institute of International Education was established following World War I by Columbia University President Nicholas Murray Butler, former Secretary of State Elihu Root and College of the City of New York professor Stephen Duggan, who wanted to promote the value of foreign exchange. In 1919, they received a $30,000 grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York to found the Institute in New York City.  

IIE manages more than 200 academic exchange programs with participants from more than 180 countries. 

Before becoming a journalist, Edward R. Murrow got his start at IIE, serving as the assistant secretary of the Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars. In this role, Murrow played a major role in the rescuing of some 300 scholars from the Nazi invasion that was spreading across Europe.

In 1946, the U.S government passed legislation introduced by Sen. J. William Fulbright, to create an international education exchange program that would be run through the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. That legislation became known as the Fulbright Program. The U.S. Department of State has partnered with IIE to administer federal programs for over 70 years, sponsoring over 400 thousand American and foreign participants.

The Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund arranges and funds fellowships for threatened and displaced scholars worldwide. Building upon IIE’s legacy of assisting students and scholars under threat, IIE created this endowed fund in in 2002, and has since supported nearly 800 scholars from 59 countries.

Notable Quotes: 

“World leaders are not the only ones creating stronger connections across the globe. International education and exchange are transformative experiences and make the world more peaceful and secure. When individuals who have studied or participated in an exchange in the United States go back home, they share what they’ve seen and the values that the United States embodies, which include everything from the freedom of speech to an open press.” – Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State

“IIE is the best kept secret among the 501(c)(3)s not only in the great city of New York, but maybe in the world. We’ve spent a lot of time rescuing scholars, helping students in distress, and doing programs that are designed to help women and girls in overseas places where life isn’t so good for them. We’re very much about using education as a public diplomacy tool to make the world a better place.” – Mark Angelson, vice chairman, Institute of International Education

“I can almost say that student exchange is part of our security and identity as a nation. It gives you some kind of an opening to say ‘hey, we’re all human beings.’ I cannot emphasize enough how important these exchanges are.” – U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (Vermont)

“I have been so impressed by the really amazing work that has been done by IIE in rescuing scholars. When you think what would have happened not just to the scholars, but all their knowledge, all their work that now has been a major contribution to people everywhere.” – U.S. Representative Nita Lowey (New York)

Run time: 30 minutes

Series Overview: Treasures of New York explores New York’s cultural heritage by spotlighting its points of interest, distinguished establishments and notable figures.  


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Production Credits: Treasures of New York: Institute of International Education is a production of WLIW LLC for WNET. WNET is the parent company of WLIW21andTHIRTEEN, New York’s public television stations and operator of NJTV.

Ann Benjamin is director of Treasures of New York: Institute of International Education. Ally Gimbel is executive producer of Treasures of New York: Institute of International Education.Eva Rosenberg is coordinating producer. Diane Masciale is vice president and general manager of WLIW21 and executive producer of local production, including the Treasures of New York series.


Funding for Treasures of New York: Institute of International Education is provided by Ann and Tom Johnson, and the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism.

About IIE:

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is a world leader in international education, creating more peaceful and equitable societies by advancing scholarship, building economies, and promoting access to opportunity. As a not-for-profit organization with 18 offices and affiliates worldwide, IIE collaborates with a range of corporate, government, and foundation partners across the globe to design and manage scholarship, study abroad, workforce training, and leadership development programs.

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