100,000 Strong in the Americas: Expanding Hemispheric Exchange in the Higher Education

IVLP Group "Expanding Hemispheric Exchange in the Higher Education"

This project for university administrators and ministry of education officials from seven countries in the Western Hemisphere sought to provide a broad overview of higher education in the United State as well as to promote international exchange and the globalization of higher education in the United States and across the hemisphere.  The project shared its name with the “100,000 Strong in the Americas” initiative which seeks to promote economic prosperity and workforce development through increased student exchanges between the United States and other Western Hemisphere countries.    

Through visits with institutions of higher learning, education focused non-profits, and organizations devoted to promoting international exchange as well as with appointed and elected government leaders, the program sought to explore different approaches to the internationalization of education, recruiting and serving foreign students, study abroad programs, research collaboration and other faculty-to-faculty linkages, and requirements to establish institutional partnerships. In addition, the project sought to represent the range and diversity of the U.S. tertiary education sector including community colleges, minority serving institutions (Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Native American Tribal Colleges), land grant colleges, vocational/technical schools, distance learning, and certificate programs as alternatives to traditional university degree programs that pave different avenues to the job market. 

Sponsors and Partners

U.S. Department of State
International Visitor Leadership Program, U.S. Department of State
International Focus
Global Ties ABQ

Project summary

100,000 Strong in the Americas: Expanding Hemispheric Exchange in the Higher Education | April 2018
Number of Visitors: 9
Regions: Western Hemisphere
Countries: Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru
Impact Areas: Education
Program Areas: Global Leadership
Partners: NGOs, Private Sector, Public Sector