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IIE PROGRAM PROFILE
IIE in Europe
By Dan Roberts
SINCE THE INSTITUTE’S founding in 1919, IIE has been dedicated to promot-
ing academic exchange between the United States and Europe. Some of IIE’s earliest work involved coordinating exchanges with European governments. Later, in the 1930s, IIE’s first Assistant Director Edward R. Murrow helped European scholars relocate to the U.S. and to lecture or research at U.S. colleges and universities. After World War II, the Institute arranged for more than 4,000 U.S. students to study and work on reconstruction projects at European universities This strong relationship continues today. IIE’s programs with Europe have grown into multilateral exchange programs that include educational and cultural exchanges, training and internship programs, workshops and seminars, as well as study tours and site visits. The Institute has three offices in the region: IIE’s European regional office based in Budapest, IIE Russia & Eurasia based in Moscow, and IIE Ukraine based in Kyiv. This long-standing presence in the region has enabled the Institute to create a broad network with deep ties to universities, advising centers, foundations, corporations, government agencies, and NGOs in the region. This short article highlights a few of the major activities conducted out of IIE’s European regional office, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. IIE’s European Regional Center With the fall of the Berlin Wall, IIE established an East-Central European office in Budapest in 1990. Today, 17 full-time staff members support a rich variety of programs in approximately 30 countries in Western, Central, and Eastern Europe. The European office focuses on supporting and strengthening the internationalization of universities, developing and managing scholarship and study abroad programs, and supporting English language teaching and testing. Scholarship Programs for European Students IIE Europe specializes in the management of undergraduate and graduate scholarships for students, including programs for corporations, foundations and governments. Key programs include the GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders Program, a worldwide program that supports outstanding students who are financially disadvantaged or underrepresented in higher education geographically, ethnically, or by gender to realize their potential through practical training and leadership development. On behalf of the GE Foundation, IIE works closely with selected universities in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Romania to identify up to 20 talented undergraduate students of economics, management, engineering, and technology in each country. The program, with 366 alumni to date, seeks to build a regional network of East-Central European young scholar-leaders. The Eurobank EFG Scholarship is part of the company’s comprehensive corporate social responsibility program. Over the course of four scholarship cycles, the program has identified and honored 400 accomplished undergraduate students from state universities in Serbia. Scholarship programs in Russia with Pepsico and Alcoa Foundation help support deserving students in the agricultural and technical fields. IIE Europe also supports IIE’s globally administered programs, including providing strategic outreach and screening services to newly established higher education institutions seeking to identify outstanding students from across Europe. One such example is the collaboration with New York University Abu Dhabi (NYU AD), NYU’s new “portal campus” in the UAE.
As part of the GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders Program, sixty Scholar-Leaders from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania participated in a three-day Leadership Development Program in Budapest, July 2010.
Leadership Development The Bulgarian Young Leaders Program, managed by IIE on behalf of the America for Bulgaria Foundation, aims to identify Bulgarian undergraduate students of exceptional caliber and promising civil service professionals in the area of environmental management and protection and provide them with unique scholarship and leadership training in the United States. The Russell Berrie Program and Fellowship in Interreligious Studies, sponsored by the Russell Berrie Foundation, seeks to build bridges between Catholic, Jewish, and other religious traditions. Over 20 Fellows have received support for graduate studies in theology and interreligious studies at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome. Study Programs for Foreign Students in Europe IIE Europe administers a range of tailor-made short-term study abroad programs for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students from outside of Europe, with the goal of providing non-European students with insight into different European countries and to create a framework for additional thought and reflection on world issues. For example, the Central European Summer Research Institute, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers quality, hands-on international research experiences for U.S. graduate students in science and engineering fields in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, and the Slovak Republic. English Language Testing and Educational Advising IIE Europe represents Educational Testing Services (ETS) and its English language learning and assessment services through providing the Test of English as a Foreign Language Institutional Testing Program (TOEFL ITP) and Test of English in International Communication (TOEIC) tests. IIE Europe also serves as the home of the U.S. State Department’s EducationUSA Regional Educational Advising Coordinator (REAC) for Europe. The REAC for Europe works closely with EducationUSA advisors throughout the region on disseminating information on U.S. educational opportunities and trends in international educational exchange, as well as providing technical and specialized assistance to improve advising services. In coordination with the Educational Information and Resources Branch, the REAC provides leadership and expertise in educational advising issues to EducationUSA advising centers, public affairs sections, and consular sections at U.S. embassies in over 35 countries across Europe. For more information about IIE Europe, please visit www.iie.eu or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. ■ Dan Roberts is Director of IIE’s European Office in Budapest.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Networker - Fall 2010
IIE Networker - Fall 2010
Message from Allan E. Goodman
IIENetworker University Presidents Interview Series
Ten Years On: Bologna’s Global Dimension and Its Limits at Home
A New Europe: Creating the European Higher Education Area
What’s New in Brussels? Visions for the EU and the European Higher Education Area
Trends in English-Taught Master’s Programs in Europe
Promoting Higher Education in Spain: The Creation of the Universidad.es Foundation
The Joint European/International Doctorate: A Strategic Tool to Enhance Worldwide Institutional Collaboration
More Europeans Seek Undergraduate Degrees in the United States
European Schools in America, American Schools in Europe: Outposts Along the Path to the Global University
Out of the Office and Into the World: A Personal Perspective on the Fulbright International Education Administrators Program
Applying European Approaches to U.S. Higher Education
IIE Program Profile: IIE in Europe
IIE Networker - Fall 2010