What we do

Goals and Impact

IIE strives for global reach, excellence, and diversity in all of its programs and operations.

Measuring Program Impact and Results

IIE is committed to measuring the impact and outcomes of our programs at the individual, institutional and environmental levels. The examples on this page include programs supported by the U.S. Department of State, USAID, the Government of Brazil, Cargill, and a combination of public and private funds. They illustrate our strategy of continuously evaluating both the benefits that program activities provide to participants and the objectives that the programs are designed to achieve. To measure these outcomes, IIE engages in a number of qualitative and quantitative methods of program evaluation, including surveys, comparative case studies, interviews, focus groups and observations.

Learn more by exploring our annual report

Our goals for 2013

  • Expand student and scholar mobility and the number of individuals worldwide who participate in international education. 
  • Connect talented individuals with opportunities for higher education, training and internships by expanding our work with governments, foundations and corporations worldwide.
  • Provide continued excellence and innovation to the administration of exchange and training programs supported by our sponsors.
  • Develop new opportunities and IIE Initiatives that advance our core mission, strengthen the IIE brand, and respond to global academic challenges.
  • Support our staff so that they can have a productive and rewarding career at the Institute, while growing personally and professionally.

How we did on our goals for 2012:

Goal: Expand the reach and impact of international education programs across the globe, with a focus on increasing the number and diversity of participants with whom we interact.
  • In 2012, IIE provided support to 28,942 individuals through the Institute’s programs and services, an increase of more than 4,000 from the year before.
  • Our commitment to international education programs in higher education was stronger than ever:
    • 4,323 international students were placed by IIE in academic and short-term program in the U.S.
    • 5,364 U.S. students studied abroad on IIE-administered grants
    • 851 teachers participated in IIE-managed teacher programs around the world
    • 2,200 professors taught or conducted research at higher education institutions in the U.S. and abroad through the Fulbright Scholar Program
  • The percentage of African-American recipients in the Gilman International Scholarship Program, administered by IIE on behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, was nearly 4 times greater than their percentage in the U.S. study abroad population.

Goal: Expand our work in underserved areas in need of international education programs and services, including in the Arab Spring countries, our work with women, international development; supporting development of new universities; and national scholarship programs.
  • This year IIE expanded programs and activities in Myanmar and Iraq to support higher education in countries in transition.
    • The International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP) did ground-breaking work in 2012 to link U.S. universities with universities in Myanmar, all with the goal of developing partnerships to meet urgent needs in higher education.
    • IIE held two higher education conferences and training workshops in Iraq, in cooperation with IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund, bringing together over 400 Iraqi scholars, university administrators, Iraqi government officials, and international higher education experts in order to help restore that country’s education system post-conflict.
  • IIE was selected by the U.S. Agency for International Development to administer training programs in Indonesia and Pakistan in the fields of democracy, human rights and governance.  International development is an expanding area of expertise for the Institute.
  • In March 2012, IIE launched the African Centers of Excellence for Women’s Leadership to help women throughout Sub-Saharan Africa build new skills and train in leadership development.
  • Funded by the US Department of State and administered by IIE, TechWomen connects and supports the next generation of women leaders in STEM fields by providing them access and opportunity to advance their careers and pursue their dreams.  95% of TechWomen mentees returned home with plans to mentor women in their communities.

Goal: Increase support for threatened scholars and assist international students facing crises and emergencies, by increasing our Scholar Rescue Fund endowment and our Emergency Student Fund.
  • This year IIE celebrated the 10th anniversary of IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund.  IIE has helped more than 500 scholars in need from 50 countries to be placed at 280 safe haven institutions in 40 countries.
  • At IIE’s 2012 Gala, incoming Scholar Rescue Fund Chairman Mark Angelson announced more than $3 million in new gifts to IIE’s SRF Endowment.  Retiring SRF Chairman matched these gifts, bringing the total SRF Endowment to $33 million.
  • In 2012 IIE led the higher education community’s response to the crisis in Syria through the IIE Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis.  This unique and innovative Consortium provides scholarships for Syrian students and host arrangements for Syrian scholars so that they can continue their academic work in safe haven countries until they can return home.  Over 33 universities and other organizations worldwide have pledged commitments totaling $1.53 million to support the Consortium.
  • In 2012, IIE provided 10 SRF fellowships to save the lives and work of Syrian scholars and 46 Emergency Student Fund grants to provide urgent assistance to Syrian students in the United States whose home country support was in jeopardy due to the crisis.

Goal: Identify and cultivate diverse sources of funding that allow us to financially sustain the programs and operations of the Institute, and develop new IIE initiatives.
  • In 2012, IIE began an unprecedented partnership with the Government of Brazil.  Through the Brazil Scientific Mobility program, IIE placed 2,000 undergraduate students from Brazil at 250 U.S. universities.   In 2013, Brazilian teachers will come to the U.S. as part of the Brazil English Teachers Program.
  • IIE and Cargill launched the Cargill Global Scholars Program, a new scholarship program to help build future potential leaders in five countries:  Brazil, China, India, Russia, and the United States.  This partnership expands IIE’s work with private corporations committed to supporting leadership development and higher education opportunities.  
  • IIE received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator for the fifth year in a row for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. 

Goal: Support our staff so that they can have a productive and rewarding career at the Institute, while growing personally and professionally; and expand the development and training opportunities available through IIE’s Leadership Academy.
  • 10 staff received International Learning Opportunity Awards (ILOA’s) to attend a seminar or conference in a country outside of their home country.
  • 2 staff participated in the International Leadership Development Projects (ILDP’s) which gave them the opportunity to complete a project at an IIE office in a different country.
  • 46 staff participated in IIE’s mentorship program.

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IIE at a Glance 2012


Jonah Kokodyniak
Deputy Vice President, Strategic Development
Institute of International Education
809 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017 USA
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E-mail: development@iie.org