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- Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown Receives Henry Kaufman Prize
- More than 500 leaders in higher education, government, and diplomatic circles gathered in
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IIE celebrates a century of promoting mutual understanding, cultural exchange, and diplomacy through international education.
Former British Prime Minister
"It is a special honour for me to be part of IIE's celebration of 100 years of public service to international education," Brown said. "As a Scotsman, it is a particular honour to receive the Kaufman Prize because of
"There is no better way to foster diplomatic relations than through people to people exchange," said IIE Chairman
Participants in IIE-administered programs have gone on to make significant contributions to society the world over. Their work is a testament to the value of international education and exchange, and their power to create new leaders prepared to take on the world's greatest challenges. To date, more than 500,000 students, scholars, and professionals from 190 countries have participated in the groundbreaking scholarship, study abroad, and workforce training and leadership development programs designed and managed by IIE. To date, 108 trustees and alumni associated with IIE have received the Nobel Prize.
"Over the decades, IIE has made a unique contribution to enhancing the potential of tens of thousands of young people from every continent who have benefited from access to education beyond their borders," Brown said. "With 10 million young refugees and 30 million young people displaced from their homes as a result of more than 40 conflicts across the globe, IIE's tireless and innovative approaches to helping students and the academic staff who serve them is needed now more than ever."
Protecting threatened academics and students is central to IIE's mission. This legacy began in 1920 with a fund to bring students and scholars fleeing the Bolshevik Revolution to
According to recent data collected by the
"Rescuing scholars, students, and artists creates hope for a better future," said IIE Vice Chairman and 2019 Centennial Chairman
In 2002, trustees of IIE founded the
In addition, IIE programs support the
As people and nations are increasingly interconnected, more students are choosing to venture abroad during their post-secondary academic career. Since the turn of the century, the number of international students studying abroad worldwide has grown rapidly from 2.1 million students in 2001 to more than 5 million students.
IIE and its programs were instrumental in making international education and study abroad possible. From its inception, IIE was designed to facilitate international travel for students and scholars, working with colleges, universities, and the
Since 1920, IIE has tracked the extraordinary growth of international education, conducting an annual census of international students in
IIE, a not-for-profit organization privately funded through generous donations, has fostered the growth and development of international educational programs that have had a profound impact on the
Thanks to IIE's longstanding connection to the Rockefeller family, IIE's unique archive - with a century of data on international academic mobility and other historical records including photos, correspondence, and publications - is housed at the Rockefeller Archives Center in Pocantico, NY, where it is open to the public.
To learn more about IIE's Centennial year and to get involved, visit www.iie.org/100.