FDU to Participate in International Academic Partnership in Brazil
The Institute of International Education (IIE) has selected Fairleigh Dickinson University and 15 other U.S. colleges and universities for the 2013–2014 Brazil initiative of IIE’s International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP).
FDU will participate in a yearlong program comprised of training activities designed to assist each institution in implementing and sustaining partnerships with counterparts in Brazil. The program includes a weeklong study tour to Brazil in spring 2014 to learn firsthand about the Brazilian higher-education system and meet with potential partner-campuses.
“We are very excited about the prospect of building new partnerships in Brazil,” said Diana Cvitan, director of global learning (Metro). “FDU has had positive experiences hosting students from Brazil, but the scope of our activities has been rather limited. Through the IAPP initiative, FDU will be able to build tremendous opportunities for students and faculty through new program collaboration and exchange.”
Participants on the IAPP Brazil Strategic Planning Committee include faculty — Irwin (Rick) Isquith, biological sciences (Metro); Jong-Chae Kim, administrative science (Metro); Kalyan Mondal, electrical engineering and program coordinator of information technology program (Metro); Hsu O’Keefe, business (Flor); Alfredo Tan, electrical engineering and director, computer sciences/engineering (Metro); Kirsten Tripodi, hospitality management (Metro); and Rogerio Victer, management (Flor); staff — Susan Seed, coordinator of recruitment/advisement/retention, computer sciences/engineering (Metro); representatives from the Office of International Education (Diana Cvitan and Jason Scorza, vice provost for international education [Metro/Flor]) and representatives from international admissions rotating on an availability basis (Barbara Heissenbuttel, director; Heather Augar, director, graduate recruitment/marketing; Gayathri Attiken, associate director; Frank Petrulla, University admissions counselor; and Catherine Forrester, assistant director [all Metro]).
Faculty and/or staff with an interest in Brazil are invited to join the planning and development process of the committee and should contact Diana Cvitan at email@example.com in the Office of Global Learning. Meetings are usually once a month, and activities will be ongoing through the spring semester.
IIE’s Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education will guide the campus representatives through a strategic-planning process in the current academic year geared toward establishing partnerships with institutions in Brazil.
“Higher education stands to play a vital role in Brazil,” said IIE’s President and CEO Allan Goodman, “and educational partnerships between the U.S. and Brazil will help build Brazil’s intellectual capital while fostering key institutional partnerships between the two nations.” These partnership programs offer timely resources for campuses in both countries to explore areas of academic cooperation, including exchanging students and scholars and collaborating on research projects and degree programs. Over the past few years, both the U.S. Department of State and the government of Brazil have emphasized the importance of educational collaboration
IIE has placed more than 6,000 undergraduate students from Brazil at 349 U.S. colleges and universities since the program’s start, and a projected 7,370 students will receive scholarships to study at U.S. institutions in 2014. IIE launched the International Academic Partnership Program in 2009 to help colleges develop the partnership component of their strategic plans for internationalization. IIE has led delegations to China, India and Myanmar in the past few years. For more information go to http://inside.fdu.edu/prpt/braziliie.html and http://www.iie.org .