Zachary Klim, Erich Dietrich Appointed to Institute of International Education’s Advisory Boards on International Academic Partnerships

Zachary Klim, associate director, academic initiatives and global programs, has been invited to join the advisory board for the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) International Academic Partnerships Program for Burma (Myanmar).  Klim is among a select group of experts on Burma and higher education who will play a key role in a strategic planning process for developing institutional partnerships between American and Burmese universities and assisting in rebuilding higher education capacity in Burma.

Before coming to NYU in 2008, Klim launched the Burma Distance Education Program, a USAID-funded program offering access to higher education to former political prisoners. Klim also served as an affiliated-faculty member in the Language Teacher Education program at the School for International Training, conducting teacher-training programs in Burma, Costa Rica, Honduras, and the United States.

Erich Dietrich, Steinhardt’s assistant dean for global and academic affairs, has been reappointed to the IIE advisory board for Brazil partnerships. As an advisory board member, Dietrich reviews the strategic plans of institutions as they make plans to build partnerships with Brazil and provides feedback on partnership strategy.  This year he will present a webinar titled, “Affirmative Action in Brazilian Higher Education.”

Dietrich has been teaching a graduate study abroad course, Race and Higher Education in Brazil, for the last three years.  Each year, he has taken twenty graduate students to Brazil to examine the country’s rapidly expanding higher education system and new laws around affirmative action for low-income and non-white Brazilians.

“As Brazil has become a major economic powerhouse, surpassing Great Britain as the world’s sixth largest economy in 2012, American universities have become keen to develop new partnerships in Brazil,” Dietrich said. “The good work of the IIE is helping to make this happen.”

The IIE is among the world’s largest and most experienced international education and training organizations.  The institute works closely with public and private higher education institutions to develop high-quality academic programs.

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(Photos:  Zachary Klim; Erich Dietrich.)