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IIE PROGRAM PROFILE The IIE Regional Office for Latin America By Alan Adelman THROUGHOUT ITS HISTORY, the Institute of International Education has given priority to establishing programs with Latin America. As early as 1927, IIE had become the National Autonomous University of Mexico’s liaison for promoting and facilitating the exchange of students and professors with the U.S., and published a Spanish-language guide to U.S. higher education. By the early 1930s, IIE had established a separate Latin American Division in New York and was working with the Pan American Union to develop academic and cultural exchanges between the U.S. and Latin America. As a result of increasing support for Latin American exchange, IIE administered from 1941-43 alone more than 1,000 scholarships for Latin American students. In 1974, the Latin America Division was reborn in Mexico City as IIE’s third international-based office (following Hong Kong and Bangkok). For interdependencies that hardly require belaboring— trade, security, immigration, and environment—few countries are as important to each other as the United States and Mexico. From Mexico, IIE has played a critical role in providing educational opportunities to disadvantaged sectors of Latin American society, helping to train current and future Latin American leaders in a wide range of fields, and promoting English language training and testing. The IIE Mexico City EducationUSA Advising Center, which IIE manages on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, is the largest in the hemisphere and promotes U.S. higher education by offering information about educational opportunities in the U.S. Among its comprehensive programs, this center leads the region in innovative uses of social media for remote student advising and outreach, making new tools available throughout Spanish-speaking Latin America. As part of the EducationUSA Outreach Advising initiative, new outreach centers have been established in Oaxaca, Yucatan, Chiapas, Guadalajara, Monterrey and Morelos, Mexico and Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. These branches support outreach activities and personalized advising to prospective students from marginalized populations throughout Mexico and the western highlands of Guatemala. IIE Latin America also hosts a Regional Educational Advising Coordinator, who works in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State to provide leadership in educational advising and exchange issues to 41 EducationUSA advising centers, U.S. Embassies, and Consulates in 28 countries throughout Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. ECA-supported REACs in Brazil and Peru provide similar services throughout South America. English programs are a critical area of IIE’s mission in Latin America. English language training programs not only increase the number of eligible candidates for graduate study outside their home country, but they also open the door to a better future for Latin Americans in all walks of life. The English Access Micro Scholarship Program is administered jointly by the IIE and the U.S. State Department’s Regional English Language Office for Mexico and Central America at three sites in Oaxaca, Chiapas, and the State of Mexico. This Program provides a foundation of English language skills to non-elite, 14-18 year old students through after-school classes and intensive summer Mexican and Brazilian students participate in Outward Bound as part of the GE Foundation Scholar Leaders Program. learning activities. Access students gain an appreciation for American culture and democratic values, increase their ability to participate in the socio-economic development of their countries, and gain the ability to compete for future U.S. exchange and study programs. On behalf of the Educational Testing Service (ETS), IIE’s Mexico City office also provides the Institutional TOEFL Testing Program to Mexican universities, high schools, and language schools for use as an English diagnostic assessment. The 115,000 exams adminitered annually in Mexico by IIE represent one-third of the total worldwide. IIE also serves as the Prometric testing center for U.S. higher education admissions exams. In addition, the IIE Latin America office’s 21-person staff administers high quality scholarship and training programs for a wide range of private sponsors. The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP) provides graduate fellowships to students with limited access to higher education. In Mexico, fellowships are awarded to indigenous students interested in postgraduate studies in a national or international university, in any field of study. Ford Foundation IFP scholars use their education to become leaders in their respective fields, to further development, economic and social justice in their respective countries. The GE Foundation Scholar Leaders Program is offered to Mexican and Brazilian students studying industrial, mechanical, and systems engineering; or financial and business administration. This program provides access to higher education to exceptional individuals with economic disadvantages; elected students are offered financial aid forthe final three years of their studies. Because of its tremendous success, the program that was initially implemented only in Mexico is now established in 14 countries. Other scholarship programs include the KAUST Discovery Scholarship and the NYU Abu Dhabi initiative. ■ For more information, visit www.iielatinamerica.org. Alan Adelman is Executive Director of the IIE regional office for Latin America. 50 http://www.iielatinamerica.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Networker - Fall 2009

IIE Networker - Fall 2009
Message from Allan E. Goodman
Public Diplomacy and Academic Exchange: Policy Priorities of the New Administration
Student Mobility Trends in Latin America
Promoting Inclusiveness in Higher Education in Latin America: A Policy Response
IIENetworker University Presidents Interview Series
Student Recruitment in the Caribbean: New Strategies for Cooperation
Bridging Borders: A Project for the Development and Diversification of Higher Learning Institutions in the United States and Haiti
Recent Challenges to Study Abroad in Mexico: Economic Crisis, Security Risks, H1N1
Special Feature: International Education Initiatives in Latin America
New York City and Sao Paulo, Public Policy and Business: A New Dual Degree Partnership
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IIE Program Profile: The IIE Regional Office for Latin America

IIE Networker - Fall 2009