The Institute of International Education selected St. Cloud State University as one of ten U.S. institutions to participate in their pilot 2010 International Academic Partnership Program. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and is one of the first major programs coming from IIE’s new Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education.Ann Radwan, associate vice president for international studies, said that over the next few months, St. Cloud State representatives would participate in a number of training activities focused on preparing them to join a study tour to India in the fall of 2010. The purpose of the tour will be to meet with potential Indian partner campuses.
St. Cloud State University was selected from a pool of over 70 other institutions of higher learning. The institutions joining St. Cloud State in the pilot program are California State University – San Bernardino; College of William and Mary; Florida Atlantic University; Oakland Community College; Ohio Wesleyan University; Spelman College; The University of Tulsa; University of South Carolina and Winston Salem State University.
An advisory committee selected the group of ten colleges and universities. The committee cited St. Cloud State’s “commitment to international education” and “demonstrated support from both administration and faculty, commitment to increasing internationalization on your campus and stalwart desire to foster a partnership with an Indian institution.”
IIE has been engaged with higher education in India for over 50 years and works closely with businesses, governments, and non-governmental organizations. They also develop and implement activities in higher education scholarship administration, leadership development, and critical development fields, including energy.
IIE is an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1919 with a network of over 1,000 member institutions. They design and implement 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.
St. Cloud State’s Center for International Studies creates a community of international scholars by providing opportunities for international students to study at St. Cloud State; creates international opportunities for U.S. Students and Faculty for study, research and teaching abroad; and assists in creating international institutional partnerships designed to enhance the global dimensions of partnering universities.