Higher Ed Without Borders Interviews Dr. Allan Goodman, CEO of The Institute of International Education

Higher Ed Without Borders Interviews Dr. Allan Goodman, CEO of The Institute of International Education


In this episode, Edu Alliance Founders Dr. Senthil Nathan and Dean Hoke speak with Dr. Allan Goodman, Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of International Education, which was founded in 1919.
Dr. Allan Goodman is Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of International Education, (IIE) and has held the position since July 1998.  IIE promotes the exchange of scholars and students, rescues scholars, students, and artists from persecution, displacement, and crises, conducts research on international academic mobility, and administers the Fulbright program sponsored by the United States Department of States. The Institute collaborates with a wide range of corporate, government and foundation partners across the globe. 108 of its directors, grantees, and alumni of programs administered by IIE are recipients of Nobel Prizes. 

Dr. Goodman is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the selection committees for the Rhodes and Schwarzman Scholars and the Yidan Prize. He also serves on the Council for Higher Education Accreditation International Quality Group Advisory Council and the Board of Trustees of the Education Above All Foundation. Dr. Goodman has a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard, an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and a B.S. from Northwestern University, and is the recipient of honorary degrees from Canadian, European, Japanese, UK, and US universities. Before joining IIE, Dr. Goodman was Executive Dean of the School of Foreign Service and a Professor at Georgetown University. His books on international relations are published by Princeton, Harvard, and Yale University presses. He has served at the Department of State and the Central Intelligence Agency.

Senthil and Dean speak with Dr. Goodman about IIE and his leadership.
The interview includes the following questions:
  • As you review the 100+ years of IIE, what are some values of IIE that have stood the test of time?  And what values, in your view, have evolved over a century?
  • Your work has certainly impacted many individuals around the world (students and scholars alike).  Is there anyone (or two) individuals that you remember the most (for example, Fulbright scholars, scholars rescued from Iraq, Ukraine) 
  • Under your 23+ years of leadership, you have seen great opportunities (doubling of international students studying in the USA in these two decades, for example) and you have also seen some challenges (9/11 for example).  Can you talk about how you navigated these opportunities and challenges?
  • Can you tell us about the IIE American Passport Program? What is it about how did it start and why.
  • Could you please share the importance of "empathy" in order to be a successful leader in a global and cross-cultural organization? (We have observed over the years this as a particular strength of yours)
  • What are some ways that IIE has helped international universities enhance their quality or offerings? 
  • Can you explain and illustrate the impact of the Fulbright program over the years - and its relevance to the world today.

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