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Zehra Mirza, Evaluation Officer

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  • International Education and National Policymaking: How Does It Work?

    By: Zehra Mirza on Wednesday, September 21, 2016

    Ford IFP Alumna Saba

    International education is increasingly being viewed as a means to developing human capital and cultivating leaders that can drive change and progress, especially in developing countries. Fellowships, study abroad, global research and internship programs are examples of international education exchanges. Through an exchange of students and young professionals across national borders, these higher education opportunities provide access to relevant knowledge and skills necessary for having an impact of policymaking and for a career in public affairs.

    While the impact on recipients’ career and personal development is indisputable, evidence on the impact on the national public sphere, particularly in marginalized communities, has yet to be ascertained. How can international fellowship and scholarship programs influence policymaking? Can alumni of such programs foster change at a local, national, and global level by serving as key agents in government institutions?


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Zehra Mirza is an Evaluation Officer with the IIE Center for Academic Mobility Research and Impact at the Institute of International Education. She conducts evaluations of international scholarship and fellowship programs for IIE and external clients, including the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) and the Cargill Global Scholars Program (CGSP).





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For more than nine decades, the Institute of International Education has been at the forefront of international education. The Opening Minds blog is IIE’s take on how this field continues to change. Here the Institute’s leaders will explore international educational exchange, global student mobility, institutional partnerships, international development, and other topics and trends that are shaping higher education around the world.

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