Giving Colleges and Universities the Tools they need to be International

International exchange between universities across borders and oceans is no simple undertaking. It requires a global network working together to build partnerships and create innovative programs. That's why the U.S. Department of State, working in partnership with IIE, developed the EducationUSA Leadership Institutes. Jhanghiz Syahrivar, Director of the International Office at President University in Indonesia, participated in the 2015 Institutes and used what he learned to take international education on his campus to the next level.

The EducationUSA Leadership Institutes  bring together  participants from select countries and world regions to increase their understanding of U.S. higher education, develop the tools necessary to build capacity within their own systems, and engage with the U.S. higher education sector in effective, sustained ways. As part of the program, Jhanghiz participated in virtual pre-departure training, a three-day orientation in Washington, D.C. and an academic residency at the University of North Carolina (UNC), Charlotte. When Jhanghiz returned  to Indonesia, he applied what he learned to reshape his international Office at President University  based on what he observed at UNC Charlotte; created new international programs; and published an International Office Guidebook for his campus.

But he didn't stop there. Jhanghiz worked with the State Department and IIE to conduct a national-scale Campus Internationalization seminar at President University. UNC Charlotte and the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta contributed to the seminar, which was attended by Indonesian universities that wished to internationalize their campuses. While Jhanghiz participated in the EducatuionUSA Leadership Institutes as an individual, the impact of his experience was multiplied many times over when he returned home to share what he learned with educators throughout his country.