IIE Networker - Spring 2013 - (Page 46)

SUPPORTING HIGHER EDUCATION IN POSTCONFLICT AND TRANSITION COUNTRIES IIE’s Work in Iraq and Myanmar By Shannon Harrison, IIE IIE’s conference in Iraq on Modern Teaching Methodology attracted 200 participants. THE INSTITUTE OF International Education partners with governments, international development agencies, foundations, universities and corporations to promote a skilled workforce and advance international development goals around the world. The work that we do on behalf of our sponsors strengthens higher education institutions and NGOs, builds the capacity of individuals (especially women and those from under-represented populations) to address critical issues, and trains future entrepreneurs, innovators, educators, scientists, and leaders in all fields. In recent years, IIE has increasingly focused on global programs that support countries in transition. IIE works with USAID to support economic and social development goals in countries such as Timor-Leste, Pakistan, and Indonesia by providing academic and professional training and leadership development skills. IIE has also made a commitment to furthering equality and access for women and girls through our Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives. Our programs enable women to develop and join networks of peers, mentors and experts and serve as effective leaders in the public and private sectors around the world. Several programs focus on women in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Sub-Saharan Africa. 46 Two major recent Institute initiatives have focused on building higher education capacity in Iraq and Myanmar. The IIE Iraq Conference Series, held in cooperation with IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF), and funded, in part, through the U.S. Department of State, is a series of seven events designed to engage key stakeholders in advancing higher education in Iraq. The first five conferences focused on trends in contemporary higher education, quality assurance and accreditation, expanding academic collaboration and institutional linkages, and the reconstruction of higher education in post-conflict Iraq. The most recent Iraq conference, held in Erbil in January 2013, focused on modern teaching methodology in order to provide Iraqi participants with an understanding of the research underpinning student-centered learning methodologies and approaches in higher education. The conference also suggested strategies, tools and resources suitable for the Iraqi higher education sector. It attracted approximately 200 Iraqi leaders, U.S. Embassy officials, and international experts. The topic of the next event, in June 2013, will be assessing student learning. IIE’s Myanmar higher education initiative is assisting U.S. institutions to build partnerships with institutions in Myanmar while helping the country rebuild its higher education capacity. In February 2013, IIE president Allan Goodman led the largest delegation of U.S. universities to travel to Myanmar, together with representatives of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy. As an immediate outcome, members of the delegation have announced concrete university-led initiatives that will benefit citizens, students and faculty from both countries. The delegation visited nine universities throughout Myanmar and engaged in discussions with government ministries, including the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Science & Technology and Ministry of Health. It is part of IIE’s International Academic Partnership Program, a sixmonth program that assists colleges and universities in developing a strategic plan for partnering with counterparts in Myanmar. As the first step to building deeper academic engagement between our two countries, the delegation members gave lectures and workshops for hundreds of faculty and staff members at the universities they visited. This spring, IIE will issue a report based on the visits that will include observations on the context of higher education in Myanmar, an analysis of needs facing the sector, and recommendations to support partnerships and academic exchanges. Myanmar is at the beginning of long process of reform, and this initiative comes at a significant time in the opening of the country. www.iie.org/iienetworker http://www.iie.org/iienetworker

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Networker - Spring 2013

A Message from Allan E. Goodman
News
2013 IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education
IIENetworker Minister of Education Interview Series
Higher Education and Diff erent Notions of Development
Advancing Development Through International Partnerships
Developing a Gender Studies Program in Georgia
Higher Education and Community Development
The University of Cologne’s Capacity-Building Project in Myanmar
Promoting International Development by Collaborating with Industry
International Development and Higher Education
Harnessing the Power of Women with Disabilities
Community College Global Partnerships Bring Local Benefi ts
Building vs. Being
Higher Education and Development through Cultural Relations
The Institute of International Education’s Work in Iraq and Myanmar
Re-Envisioning Internationalization
Advertisers Index

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