ETS and IIE Cement Partnership to Increase Student Mobility to the U.S.

PRINCETON, NJ, USA (June 1, 2023) – ETS, the world’s largest educational assessment organization, announced today that it is cementing its partnership with the Institute of International Education (IIE), one of the largest international scholarship and exchange organizations worldwide. As two of the world’s leading international educational organizations with a history of more than 35 years of working together to increase access to English-language training and U.S. higher education, IIE and ETS are strengthening their relationship in key areas that will promote academic mobility and grow the United States’ position as the leading destination for international talent.

“The U.S.’s position as a global education leader has never been more important as we continue to witness the transformative power of international education and the impact it has on our global economy and social good,” said Rohit Sharma, Senior Vice President of Global Higher Education and Workskills at ETS. “While our relationship with IIE is not new, we want to focus on driving global mobility, especially in making U.S. quality education available to more students worldwide.”

According to the latest IIE Open Doors Report (2022), in the 2021-2022 academic year, the total number of international students at U.S. colleges and universities increased by 4% to 948,519, with new international student enrolments increasing by 80%. However, the numbers are still not back to pre-pandemic levels, which bolsters the need to continue to position the U.S.’s unique capacity to host even more international students.

“Over three decades of collaboration, IIE and ETS have made it possible for hundreds of thousands of students to gain access to English language opportunities and, with that, a higher education. We share a longstanding commitment to providing students – from all backgrounds and world regions – with opportunities to succeed in the classroom and in the workforce,” said Jonah Kokodyniak, IIE Senior Vice President. “Today, we are redoubling these efforts and developing new and innovative ways to advance our respective missions. Central to this is the promotion of the U.S. as the leading study destination in the world.”

As part of this partnership, ETS and IIE will identify near- and longer-term opportunities to collaborate to further the global accessibility of education and expand international student mobility. These opportunities include advocating for policies that promote international educational exchange and support the U.S. as the world’s leading higher education destination, exploration of partnerships and business ventures in new markets, providing greater insights and resources to higher education institutions, and partnering to address the world’s growing refugee crisis.

About ETS

We believe in the life-changing power of learning. For the last 75 years, we’ve been driven by a vision of what’s possible when all people can improve their lives through education. It’s why our uncompromising commitment to equity and fairness is behind everything we do. ETS serves learners, educators and government agencies by providing measurement solutions, and conducting research, analysis and policy studies. ETS develops, administers and scores tens of millions of tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series® assessments — in more than 200 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. Contact Kristen Mitchell,, for press inquiries.

About the Institute of International Education (IIE)

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is the leader in designing and implementing international education strategies and program services. We work with governments, policymakers, educators, and employers across the globe to prepare students and professionals for the global workforce and equip them to solve the increasingly complex challenges facing our interconnected world. With support from donors, we also create initiatives that assist students, scholars, and artists whose lives and work are threatened; expand teaching and learning across cultures; and provide opportunities to underserved populations. A not-for-profit organization founded in 1919, IIE has a network of 16 offices and affiliates worldwide and over 1,600 higher education partners.

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