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New Book Examines Linkages between U.S. and Indian Higher Education

IIE’s new report offers a cutting edge analysis of the evolution, current issues and future opportunities in Indo-U.S. educational exchanges

NEW YORK and NEW DELHI, March 3, 2010—A new book from the Institute of International Education (IIE), a world leader in the international exchange of students and scholars, features discussions by thought leaders from across the U.S. and India on the most current trends and topic in higher education exchanges between two of the world’s largest democracies. Support for the publication comes from the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS) Foundation.

International India: A Turning Point in Educational Exchange with the U.S. is the most comprehensive volume in recent years to focus on U.S.-India higher education exchanges at a critical moment in this important relationship, and its chapters address a myriad subjects, from trends in student mobility between the two countries, to best practices, challenges and opportunities in institutional partnerships, as well as current issues like entrepreneurship and engineering education. The new book will debut at a reception in New Delhi on March 3, 2010.

International India is the third book in a series of publications from IIE and the AIFS Foundation. Global Education Research Reports explore the most pressing and under-researched issues affecting international education policy today. The first book, on U.S.-China educational exchange, has been well received as a policy resource on this timely topic, and the second book, which investigates new developments in global mobility, recently received the 1st Annual Best Book Award from the Comparative and International Education Society. The fourth book, to be published in May, will focus on building the knowledge economy in the Middle East.

Authors of the chapters in the India book represent the diverse perspectives of leaders in higher education, government, and the corporate sector in both the United States and India. Alina Romanowski, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Academic Programs for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State, offers a chapter on the U.S. Department of State’s support for U.S.-India Academic Exchanges, and Sam Pitroda, Advisor to the Prime Minister of India, addresses governmental policy initiatives for educational exchange between the two countries. A chapter by Business Week columnist Vivek Wadhwa, a software entrepreneur and executive in residence at Duke’s engineering school, explores the expanding role of immigrants in U.S. competitiveness and the contributions of Indian-Americans to global intellectual property.

IIE CEO Allan Goodman and AIFS CEO Bill Gertz have written forewords to the book, and other featured authors include: Pawan Agarwal, Indian Administrative Service; Philip Altbach, Boston College Center for International Higher Education; Sudhanshu Bhushan, National University of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi; Rahul Choudaha, World Education Services; Darla Deardorff, Association of International Education Administrators; P.J. Lavakare, Symbiosis International University; Ajit Motwani, IIE/India; Ranjini Manian and Shobha Naidu, Global Adjustments Services; Nicole Ranganath, University of California, Davis; and Krishna Vedula, University of Massachusetts, Lowell. The book is edited by Dr. Rajika Bhandari, Deputy Vice President for Research and Evaluation at IIE. (Table of contents below.)

The book release will take place during a weeklong visit to India by a delegation of U.S. higher education leaders, led by Dr. Allan E. Goodman, President and CEO of IIE and Dr. Martha Kanter, the Under Secretary of Education, to promote U.S. higher education and to enhance and expand linkages with institutions in India. The delegation will visit campuses and meet with education, business and government leaders in Pune, Bangalore and New Delhi, and will participate in a plenary session at the Emerging Directions in Global Education (EDGE) Conference and take part in a roundtable hosted by The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

The new book has been produced by IIE’s new Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education, and is one of several IIE initiatives targeted at strengthening higher education bonds between the U.S. and India.  The first major initiative of the new Center is the recently launched International Academic Partnerships Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE).  Through this program, IIE will convene an expert advisory group, develop an international partnership service for a pilot group of twenty U.S. institutions, conduct study tours to India and China to explore partnership opportunities, and create an online International Academic Partnership portal to provide training materials and information resources on establishing institutional partnerships.

Since 2001/02, India has been the leading place of origin of international students in the United States. The more than 103,000 students from India at U.S. colleges and universities in 2008/09 represented slightly more than 15% of the total international student population in the United States. The number of students from the United States going to India to study abroad also increased rapidly in recent years, although from a much lower base. More than 3,000 students from U.S. colleges and universities received credit for study abroad in India, an increase of almost 20 percent over the previous year. 

Since 1950, more than 5,000 Indian students and scholars have come to the U.S. and more than 3,100 American teachers, scholars, and students have gone to India through the Fulbright program. The U.S. and Indian Governments recently signed a historic new Fulbright agreement, effectively doubling the number of Fulbright-Nehru grants for American and Indian students and scholars.

Buy International India: A Turning Point in Educational Exchange with the U.S.


About The Institute of International Education

The Institute of International Education is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1919, IIE has a network of over 20 offices worldwide and over 1,000 member institutions. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations, and corporations. IIE also conducts policy research and program evaluations, and provides advising and counseling on international education and opportunities abroad.

About The American Institute For Foreign Study

The American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS) Foundation, an independent, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) tax exempt public charity, was established in 1967 to help young people from many nations and diverse cultures to better understand one another. The AIFS Foundation provides grants to high schools and institutions to encourage international and educational travel. The AIFS Foundation also sponsors the Academic Year in America (AYA) program, which enables international teenage students to live with an American host family while attending the local high school.

International India: A Turning Point in Educational Exchange with the U.S.

Table of Contents
Allan E. Goodman, President and CEO, IIE
Bill Gertz, President and CEO, AIFS
Philip Altbach, Boston College Center for International Higher Education
Ajit Motwani, Director, IIE/India
Chapter 1: U.S.-India Mobility at a Turning Point: Background and Trends
Rajika Bhandari, IIE, and Rahul Choudaha, World Education Services
Chapter 2: National Policy Goals – U.S. Department of State Activities Supporting U.S.-India Academic Exchanges
Alina L. Romanowski, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Chapter 3: Indian Governmental and Policy Initiatives for U.S.-India Educational Exchange
Sam Pitroda, Advisor to the Prime Minister of India
Chapter 4: Internationalization of Indian Higher Education
Pawan Agarwal, Indian Council for International Economic Research, New Delhi
Chapter 5: Is There a Role for Foreign Providers in India? Past Challenges and Current Developments
Sudhanshu Bhushan, National University of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi

Chapter 6: America’s New Immigrant Entrepreneurs
Vivek Wadhwa, Duke University

Chapter 7: Intercultural Competence: An Outcome of Student Exchange
Darla Deardorff, Duke University, and Ranjini Manian and Shobha Naidu, Global Adjustments Services

Chapter 8: Creating Indo-U.S. Higher Education Partnerships: Lessons Learned at the University of California, Davis
Nicole Ranganath, University of California, Davis
Chapter 9: U.S.-India Collaboration in Engineering Education: Prospects for Change under New Leadership?
Interview with Krishna Vedula, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Concluding Essay: A Retrospective Look at Indo-U.S. Higher Education Relations
P.J. Lavakare, Symbiosis International University


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Dr. Allan E. Goodman
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