By: Paul A. Kovach, Vice President for Public and Community Relations
February 25, 2010
(February 25, 2010) … Esther L. Barazzone, Ph.D., president of Chatham University, will take part in a delegation of U.S. higher education leaders to India led by Dr. Allan E. Goodman, President and CEO of the Institute of International Education (IIE), and Under Secretary of Education Dr. Martha Kanter to promote U.S. higher education and to enhance and expand linkages with institutions in India. The weeklong visit will take place from February 28 to March 6.
In addition Dr. Barazzone, presidents and senior officials from the following colleges and universities will participate in the delegation: Bryn Mawr College, Case Western Reserve University, City University of Seattle, Lehigh University, Louisiana Community and Technical College, Miami Dade College, Michigan State University, New York Institute of Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rollins College, University of Kentucky, and Washburn University.
Since 2001/02, India has been the leading place of origin of international students in the United States, representing slightly more than 15% of the total international student population in the United States, according to IIE’s annual Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, which is supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. In 2008/09, there were more than 103,000 international students from India studying in the United States, an increase of 9 percent from the previous year.
The number of students from the United States studying abroad in India has also increased rapidly in recent years, although from a much smaller base. In the 2007/08 academic year, more than 3,000 students from U.S. colleges and universities received credit for study abroad in India, an increase of almost 20 percent over the previous year.
Given this growth in exchanges and study abroad among U.S. and Indian students, colleges and universities from both countries are looking to each other for innovative and effective ideas as they seek to develop institutional partnerships.
To help develop these U.S.-India higher education relationships, the delegation will meet in Bangalore with higher education institutions such as the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and the global IT company Infosys. From there, the group will travel to Pune, where they will meet with senior officials at prominent universities, notably the University of Pune, which hosts the largest number of international students at any higher education institution in India, and with Symbiosis University.
The delegation will then visit New Delhi to meet with representatives of the Government of India as well as the U.S. Embassy and the United States-India Educational Foundation (Fulbright Commission). The delegates will attend and participate in a plenary session at the Emerging Directions in Global Education (EDGE) Conference, a three day event that brings together policy makers, and global and Indian educational institutions and businesses, to address issues pertaining to excellence in education, and forge cooperative and collaborative programs to further knowledge exchange and internationalize education. The delegation will conclude with visits to universities including the renowned Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi University, and Jawaharlal Nehru University. In New Delhi, the delegation will take part in a roundtable hosted by The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), on the topic of “U.S.-India Partnership: Cementing Relationships through Education.”
IIE has recently launched a new Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education, which will focus initially on fostering partnerships between U.S. and Indian institutions through the International Academic Partnerships Program (IAPP), funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). IAPP will develop an international partnership service for a pilot group of twenty U.S. institutions seeking partners in India, conduct study tours to India and China to explore partnership opportunities, convene an expert advisory group, and create an online International Academic Partnership portal to provide training materials and information resources on establishing institutional partnerships.
“This delegation, along with the many scholarship programs that IIE administers, the work of our New Delhi office and our newly created Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education, reflects IIE’s deep commitment to supporting U.S.-India higher education exchange,” says Dr. Goodman. “We are confident that these collaborations will continue to yield benefits for both countries and the world in the coming decades.”
IIE will host a reception in New Delhi on March 3 to mark the release of its new book, International India: A Turning Point in Educational Exchange with the U.S. The book, which IIE produced with sponsorship from the AIFS Foundation, features discussions by thought leaders from across the United States and India on the most current trends and topic in higher education exchanges between two of the world’s largest democracies. It is the only comprehensive volume in recent years to focus on U.S.-India higher education exchanges at a critical moment in this important relationship. International India’s chapters address subjects from trends in student mobility between the two countries to best practices in institutional partnerships, as well as current issues like entrepreneurship and engineering education.
IIE India Director Ajit Motwani will welcome the delegation and deliver an introductory briefing on higher education in India. According to Mr. Motwani, “Recent changes in India point to a new era of higher education development for the country, which will be accomplished through various forms of international partnerships such as twinning, exchanges, internships and the presence of credible foreign providers. This delegation will make a significant contribution to the process.”
International India: A Turning Point in Educational Exchange with the U.S. is available for purchase at www.iiebooks.org.
To learn more about the Center for Academic Partnerships, please visitwww.iie.org/cip.
The Institute of International Education (www.iie.org) 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.
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