Humphrey Fellows from Panama, Nicaragua with officials of Northern State Power, Minneapolis

1980s: Global Interdependence

The South African Education Program continued to develop—a unique cooperative effort of U.S. foundations, corporations, universities and USAID to provide hundreds of black South Africans with the opportunity to study in the United States and gain leadership positions back home after apartheid.

Develops the Register for International Service in Education (RISE) and the International Faculty Lecture Bureau, that respectively provides universities in less developed nations with a more systematic way of gaining access to the resource of U.S. faculty, and enables a broader range of American institutions to benefit from the resource of visiting foreign faculty.

Initiates the Conventional Energy Training Project, on behalf of USAID, to meet the need for well-trained energy experts in less-developed nations.

With growing ties to Indonesia, IIE announces that it will open a new office in Jakarta.

Begins administering the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Program, a major training initiative of USAID aimed at training newly-independent Zimbabweans in key development fields.

Opens an educational advising office in Guangzhou, China.

IIE and the Soviet Ministry of Education sign a letter of intent to negotiate an agreement for an exchange of U.S. and U.S.S.R. undergraduates. The following year, the first U.S.-U.S.S.R. student exchange takes place under joint sponsorship of the Institute and the Soviet State Committee for Public Education.

Arts International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality and increasing the quantity of international exchanges in the literary, performing, and visual arts, merges into IIE.

With support from the Ford Foundation, Provides emergency financial assistance to outstanding students and faculty from China on U.S. campuses. 

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