GET will offer EducationUSA Leadership Institute workshops abroad in Kazakhstan and Japan in 2017, as a continuation of a similar program GET ran in 2015 after being selected as a host institution by the Institute of International Education (IIE) on behalf of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).
EducationUSA Leadership Institutes are generally designed to bring participants from other countries to the US, where they increase their understanding of US higher education through programs hosted at US institutions of higher education. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was honored to host such a program for 14 educators in the summer of 2015 in the area of “Campus Internationalization: Institutional Structures to Support Inbound and Outbound Student Mobility.” Participants came from Bolivia, China, Ecuador, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine. The program was run in three phases: pre-departure virtual training, and Academic Residency, and follow-on virtual training, and included a closing meeting with participants in parallel programs at Saint Louis University and StudyColorado.
Following the success of the 2015 program, GET developed programs with the participants from Japan and Kazakhstan with follow-on grants from ECA and IIE for training in their home countries, building on their interests and the focus they developed during the Academic Residency. These workshops will give participants the chance to share knowledge with experts in their respective countries, and will be attended by Illinois experts Tim Barnes, Director of Illinois Strategic International Partnerships (Japan), and Matt Rosenstein, Director of Global Education and Training (Kazakhstan).