Who we are

About Us

An independent not-for-profit founded in 1919, IIE is among the world's largest and most experienced international education and training organizations. We are committed to delivering program excellence to a diverse range of participants, sponsors, and donors.

Our Mission

IIE’s mission is to advance international education and access to education worldwide.

We accomplish this by:

  • managing scholarships, training, exchange and leadership programs
  • conducting research and facilitating policy dialogue on global higher education
  • protecting scholarship around the world

Our Vision

Educational, cultural and professional opportunities transcend borders to foster a peaceful and interconnected world where all people achieve their full potential; think and act as global citizens; and build inclusive, thriving communities.

Learn more about how IIE staff worked together to conceptualize IIE's vision


Our Goals and Impact

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

Learn more about our goals for 2012 and how we measure our program impact and results.


IIE Core Values

IIE is committed to its goal of Opening Minds to the World ®.

The following core values guide all that we do:

  • Integrity. All our actions and relationships are based on honesty, authenticity, accountability, and trust.
  • Global awareness. Achieving diversity within our staff and program participants helps increase mutual understanding of our world and its people.
  • Collaboration. Working together creates a better result by tapping into our collective wisdom.
  • Professionalism. All our actions reflect on ourselves and our partners. We act and communicate with courtesy, respect and discretion.
  • Excellence. Passion, innovation and a commitment to serve drive us to deliver the highest quality work.
  • Service. We care deeply about our beneficiaries, sponsors and colleagues and respond to their needs with flexibility, reliability, and dedication.

See Our Work Around the World

The Giving Library: IIE's 2013 profile video

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IIE Experts

IIE experts on international education are available for interviews or speaking engagements.

Dr. Allan E. Goodman
President and CEO

Peggy Blumenthal 
Senior Counselor to the President

Media Contacts

Sharon Witherell
Director, Public Affairs
Tel: +1 212.984.5380
E-mail: switherell@iie.org