The Institute of International Education’s Center for Academic Mobility Research brings together the Institute’s in-house research expertise with leading minds from around the world to conduct and disseminate timely and relevant research and policy analysis in the field of international student and faculty mobility. The Center provides applied research and program evaluation services to domestic and international governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, corporations and foundations. The Center’s in-depth books and reports, including the well-known Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, supported by the U.S. Department of State, are key reference resources. In addition, our policy papers and snapshot surveys rapidly capture trends in the changing landscape of international education.
What We Do:
Drive policy and program decisions through applied research and analysis
- Longitudinal and snapshot research on the global mobility of students and faculty: Since 1919, the Institute has pioneered the collection of student mobility data. Today this continues through Open Doors® that provides trend analysis on international students and scholars in the U.S. and on American students abroad, through Project Atlas® and related projects. New and upcoming research includes: U.S. students pursuing degree study overseas; student enrollment in U.S. branch campuses overseas; and trends in U.S. faculty mobility.
- Research services: The Center provides customized research services that focus on student mobility and the internationalization of higher education. Our wide range of U.S. and international clients and sponsors includes: the U.S. government; U.S. higher education institutions; U.S. state consortia; the Ford Foundation; Carnegie Corporation; and the World Bank, among others.
- Program evaluation services: The Center also specializes in conducting process, outcome and impact evaluations of international fellowship, scholarship and training programs. Current and past clients and sponsors include: the Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program®; the National Science Foundation; the Whitaker Foundation; the Alcoa Foundation: and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
Foster and disseminate knowledge
- Publications: Center publications range from in-depth books to rapid-response white papers that enjoy a wide readership and are frequently cited in the global media. In addition to publications by its research staff, the Center regularly invites external experts to contribute to its publications. Recent co-authored series include the IIE/AIFS Global Education Research Reports and the Meeting America’s Global Education Challenge White Paper Series.
- Conferences: The Center disseminates its research and analysis at international conferences on international education, international development and educational research. Recent and upcoming conferences include, among others: the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) 2011; NAFSA; AIEA; EAIE; APAIE; CAIE; and CIES.
- Roundtable discussions: The Center frequently hosts roundtable discussions of critical trends that bring together a diverse group of participants, including: experts in the field, practitioners, policymakers, and educators. Recent roundtable discussions have focused on: trends in global student mobility; higher education in the Middle East; the U.S. Department of State’s Passport to India initiative; and higher education in Africa.
Train the next generation of mobility researchers
- Internship program at IIE’s headquarters: The Center is committed to fostering excellence in mobility research and hosts a year-round internship program at our headquarters in NYC. Interns are undergraduate and graduate students in fields related to international education and are often drawn from the NYC-area schools such as New York University and Teachers College (Columbia University). Interns are given the opportunity to pursue a structured research project and work closely with IIE’s research staff. Many of our interns move on to further education or careers in the field, including at IIE.
- Building capacity to collect mobility data: The Center’s expert staff provides workshops and training to institutions and government agencies around the world to strengthen or develop their data collection expertise and dissemination strategies. Recent workshops on best practices in collecting global student mobility data have been conducted in: Brazil, India, Kenya, Mexico, Thailand and Turkey.