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Miami Dade College Joins Institute of International Education to Double Number of Students Who Study Abroad

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Miami, March 13, 2014 - Miami Dade College(MDC) has joined forces with other select U.S. colleges and universities to participate in Generation Study Abroad, a five-year initiative launched by the Institute of International Education (IIE) with the goal of doubling the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade.

MDC is in a select group of higher education institutions from 41 U.S. states have already signed the Generation Study Abroad Commitment, including large state and private universities, liberal arts colleges, community colleges, and historically black colleges and universities and other minority serving institutions. Participating institutions pledge to increase the number of students who study abroad, take actions to undertake new and expanded activities to enable more students to study abroad and share strategies and best practices, among other commitments.

According to Open Doors 2013, a report published by IIE in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, 295,000 American college students studied abroad in credit-bearing and non-credit programs during the 2011-12 academic school year. That’s less than 10 percent of the 2.6 million students graduating with associates or baccalaureate degrees each year.

Generation Study Abroad seeks to address that shortfall by bringing together employers, governments, associations, and institutions to build on current best practices and find new ways to extend study abroad opportunities to tens of thousands of college.  

“Globalization has changed the way the world works, and employers are increasingly looking for workers who have international skills and expertise,” says Dr. Allan Goodman, President of IIE. “Studying abroad must be viewed as an essential component of a college degree and critical to preparing future leaders.” 

IIE is investing $2 million in Generation Study Abroad, including five to ten grants (of approximately $10,000 each) per year to institutions that demonstrate outstanding progress, to be used for study abroad scholarships for students. In addition, IIE will provide study abroad resources, including access to annual meetings and webinars, discounted e-book license, and more.

The initiative, which is timed to coincide with IIE’s centennial in 2019, aims to encourage purposeful, innovative action to get more Americans to undertake a meaningful international experience through academic study abroad programs, as well as internships, service learning, and non-credit educational experiences.

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and several foreign governments, as well as key higher education associations and study abroad provider organizations, have also pledged to support the goals of the initiative. Recognizing the importance of an internationally focused workforce, IIE is also actively seeking the participation of corporations and the business community.

Miami Dade College is the higher education institution with the largest undergraduate enrollment in the America, with more than 176,000 students. It is also the nation’s top producer of associate in arts and science degrees and awards more degrees to minorities than any other college or university in the country. The college’s seven campuses and two outreach centers offer more than 300 academic pathways leading to baccalaureate degrees, associate in arts and science degrees and numerous career training certificates leading to in-demand jobs. In fact, its academic and workforce training programs are national models of excellence. MDC is also renowned for its rich cultural programming. It is home of the Miami Book Fair International, Miami International Film Festival, the MDC Live Arts Performing Arts Series, the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower, a major sculpture park and large art gallery and theater systems. MDC has served more than 2,000,000 students since it opened its doors in 1960.

The Institute of International Education is a world leader in the exchange of people and ideas. For close to 100 years, we have led efforts to expand opportunities for Americans to study abroad, including our flagship program, The Fulbright Program, on behalf of the U.S. government. We believe that peace and prosperity in the 21st century depend on increasing the capacity of people to think and work on a global and intercultural basis. As technology opens borders, educational and professional exchanges open minds.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359, khill1@mdc.edu, media specialist
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366, rromero3@mdc.edu, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, arios1@mdc.edu




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