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IIE Summit 2017: A Letter from Allan Goodman

By Allan E. Goodman |   President and CEO | Institute of International Education


Dear Sir/Madame,

On behalf of all my colleagues at IIE, I am writing to invite you to join us for the third IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad, which will be held in Washington, DC on October 1-3.

We created Generation Study Abroad and this annual event because international ought to be a part of everyone’s education, and preparing students to enter the ever-expanding and interconnected economy is vital in today’s competitive marketplace. Change is happening fast and requires all of us to understand current issues and think about what’s ahead for our students and faculty.

In this spirit, the 2017 IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad is focused on “Navigating a Changing World: Building Talent with Global Experience.” We invite you to join experts from business, academia, and government for action-oriented discussion and planning for how we can best prepare our students to thrive in the global workforce.

Our featured plenaries include:

  • Understanding the Skills Gap: New Careers in the Global Economy
  • Building a Diverse Global Talent Pipeline: Increasing Study Abroad in High School & College   

I hope to have the opportunity to speak with you at the Summit and to hear about what is working for you on your campus, and how we can help you. If you have not yet registered, please take a moment to do so now.

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Whether you are already a Generation Study commitment partner, or someone who is just beginning to explore how to make study abroad accessible to all students, we welcome your creative thinking. Our goal is to provide you with new tools, inspiration, and connections that will help you expand and diversify study abroad participation. And be sure to let us know which of the four private Embassy receptions you would like to attend on Monday night, graciously hosted by the Governments of Finland, Ireland, New Zealand, and Norway.

We created Generation Study Abroad to shift the paradigm surrounding study abroad so that it is within the imagination and the grasp of every student. Expanding study abroad is a significant part of our work to build more peaceful and equitable societies by advancing scholarship, building economies and promoting access to opportunity. The ultimate aim is to assure that every U.S. student has the opportunity to take part in an international experience.

To help all of us achieve the ambitious goals, we will release our national survey of study abroad alumni, titled Study Abroad and Employability: The Impact of Study Abroad on 21st Century Skills and Career Prospects, at the IIE Summit, in partnership with AIFS, IES Abroad, Global Career Compass, and NACE, the National Association of Colleges and Employers. We look forward to discussing the findings at the Summit, and hope you will also share them with campus leadership, employers and industry partners.

We are grateful to our Diamond Sponsor, AIFS, and Platinum sponsor, IES Abroad, and all the sponsors, program partners, and exhibitors, as well as media partners PIE News and Diplomatic Courier, who are helping to make this event a success.

I would like to thank our speakers and all of you who plan to come to Washington committed to building bridges and using the power of international education to prepare our students for lives and careers in a world that is increasingly global.


Allan E. Goodman, President and CEO
Institute of International Education


Compliments of IIE,  a member of the EACCNY