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MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Freed
561-297-3022, lfreed@fau.edu


FAU Selected for International Academic Program with India

University to Build Bridges with Indian Institutions in 2010

BOCA RATON, FL (April 27, 2010) – Florida Atlantic University recently has been selected to participate in the Institute for International Education’s (IIE) International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP) with India.  This initiative, managed by IIE, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) and aims to increase the number of international partnerships between higher education institutions in the U.S. and those in other countries.     

“This is a fantastic opportunity for FAU and comes at an opportune time for the development of linkages to Asia and also the growth of the FAU Asian Studies curriculum,” said Dr. Catherine Meschievitz, director of the Office of International Programs at FAU. “India plays a new vital role in world politics and the global economy, and we must give FAU students and faculty greater access to India through expanded and new partnerships for study abroad, exchange and research.” 

FAU is one of 10 campuses to be chosen from a competitive candidate pool of more than 75 nominated institutions.   FAU was selected by an advisory committee of experts in the field to help guide the new partnership program, and was chosen based on their established commitment to internationalization and their capacity to maximize the IAPP processes to expand ties to India.  

Throughout the next few months, FAU will form a faculty and staff campus task force to conduct an institution-wide inventory of activities pertaining to India, as well as participate in a number of training activities and webinars focused on implementing and sustaining partnerships.  Some members of the task force also will be invited to join a study tour to India during the fall 2010 semester, to learn more about higher education in India and meet with potential Indian partner campuses. 

IIE is emphasizing linkages between U.S. and Indian institutions of higher education to meet demands for more student access, and provide avenues for greater connections and collaborations in emerging science and technologies, and emerging global economic enterprises.   

“It is clear from the high level of interest we have seen from U.S. and Indian colleges and universities that institutions in both countries are very eager to develop linkages to internationalize their campuses,” said Dr. Allan E. Goodman, IIE president and chief executive officer. “The IAPP initiative will provide important tools and expertise both to the ten selected institutions and to the many other campuses seeking to expand U.S.-Indian academic partnerships. We are looking forward to working with this selected group of very engaged and dedicated institutions, and to sharing best practices widely.”

IIE is a world leader in the exchange of students and scholars, and manages numerous higher education programs promoting study abroad, international exchange and research, and teaching on international topics.   

 For more information, contact Catherine Meschievitz at 561-297-1039 or cmeschie@fau.edu.

-FAU-

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