Mission and Vision
The Center for International Education (CIE) works to contribute to the development of leaders in the field of International Education who will become active agents for change to improve education systems around the world.
CIE is committed to an active synergy between theoretical, academic work, and practical, applied work in field settings. Throughout its history, CIE has been committed to working to strengthen educational systems, both formal and non-formal, in developing countries of the world. Recent emphasis has been on conflict-affected countries with the greatest educational challenges.
The Center for International Education and students from affiliated academic programs form a learning community comprised of highly diverse practitioner-scholars from around the globe. Typical student members are mid-career professionals, many of whom bring years of experience working on education development activities in Africa, Asia, the Middle East or the Americas. These students together with CIE staff and affiliated faculty members make up the on-campus learning community. The campus community creates learning opportunities that bridge the traditional dichotomies between theory and practice; in-class and out-of-class learning; work and reflection.
Five principles are embedded in all our activities: 1) to think, teach, and learn critically; 2) to be sensitive to issues of social justice in everyday interactions, teaching and learning environments, programs, and policies; 3) to learn about and practice thoughtful and ethical intercultural communications; 4) to focus our energies on those marginalized and/or effected war, disruption, and other emergencies; 5) to encourage reflective practitioner-scholars who, with a community of practice and critical friends, can critically reflect on our own practice and that of others with the goal of deepening understanding and fostering socially just programs and approaches to education around the globe.