The Office of US - India Higher Education Cooperation (USIHEC) is a recent addition to USIEF (2009). It was established through an initiative of the US Department of State's Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. USIHEC engages institutions of higher education in the US and in India to foster and enhance linkages between them. It seeks to deepen institutional ties in numerous ways: in areas of collaborative research, study abroad programs, faculty exchanges and seminars for higher education administrators from both countries.
In addition to the activities highlighted below, USIHEC administers the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative Awards and maintains a database of Indo-US Educational Collaborations. The office also provides briefings to visiting delegations of American academics and administrators who are exploring India for further understanding of the Indian higher education system. Similar briefings are also provided to Indian academics and administrators seeking to strengthen academic partnerships with American institutions.
Some of the recent activities of USIHEC include:
Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrators Grants
USIHEC organizes seminars for US and Indian higher education administrators to visit each other’s countries for two weeks. These are capacity building efforts to enable administrators to make informed decisions about enhancing academic ties between American and Indian institutions of higher learning.
Study Abroad Capacity Assessment Project
USIHEC participated in a collaborative project in the field of study abroad in India. The project partners are the Institute of International Education (IIE), the Forum on Education Abroad and the American Association of Community Colleges. The project was funded by the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The outcome of the project is a country resource guide that is available to academics, administrators and students who would like to learn more about study abroad opportunities in India.
Transforming Boundaries: Community College Development in India
USIHEC administered a US Department of State grant to Montgomery College which was designed to help build capacity in the vocational and technical education sector in India. The project sought to develop community college models appropriate for India. The program focused specifically on faculty development and training, student affairs and support systems, aligning training programs with local and emerging industry, and organizing an online symposium on topics related to the growth and development of community colleges in India.
Association of US Academic Programs in India (AUSAPI) Annual Conference
USIHEC hosts the annual conference for the Association of US Academic Programs in India (AUSAPI). Resident directors from US study abroad programs based in India as well as administrators from US and Indian academic institutions are invited to share best practices and discuss issues pertinent to education abroad.
For further information, please contact us at USIHEC@usief.org.in