Chatham News

Chatham selected to strengthen U.S. ties with Brazil

By Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
December 15, 2011

PITTSBURGH (December 15, 2011)… The Institute of International Education (IIE) recently announced that Chatham University is one of 18 U.S. colleges and universities selected for the 2012 Brazil initiative of its International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP). Throughout the next year, IIE will lead a series of training activities to help each institution implement and sustain partnerships in Brazil, culminating with a study tour to Brazil in spring 2012 to meet with potential partner campuses.

“Higher education is an important area of collaboration between the United States and Brazil because of its impact on the critical issues that we face today and leaders of tomorrow,” said IIE President Allan E. Goodman. “The partnership program will strengthen the educational ties between Brazil and the United States, and pave the way for students from both countries to gain critical global competencies.”

 Other participating U.S. institutions are as follows: Baruch College, CUNY; Brandeis University; Brookdale Community College; Chatham University; California State University, Fullerton; Daemen College; East Tennessee State University; Illinois State University; Monroe Community College; Monterey Institute of International Studies; Queens College, CUNY; Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey; Stevens Institute of Technology; University of Massachusetts, Amherst; University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth; University of South Florida; University of Toledo; and Washington State University.

 Each institution has made a commitment to form a campus-wide task force to work on prospective partnerships, conduct an institution-wide inventory of activities pertaining to Brazil and develop a strategic plan focused on partnership with Brazil. Each school will also work with a mentor from the IAPP Brazil Advisory Board members who can offer high-level input on its partnership strategy.

 IIE’s Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education manages the International Academic Partnership Program, which was established in 2009 with an initial two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). In awarding the grant, FIPSE intended to help jumpstart an academic partnership program in higher education between the United States and other countries that would grow into a self-sustaining program.

 The launch of the 2012 IAPP Brazil initiative represents the partnership program’s expansion into a new region. Since 2009, two cohorts of U.S. institutions each have focused on building partnerships with institutions in India and China.

About the Institute of International Education
The Institute of International Education is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1919, IIE has network of 18 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.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit