The Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), a membership organization formed in November 1982, is composed of institutional leaders engaged in advancing the international dimensions of higher education. The purposes of the Association are to:
- provide an effective voice on significant issues within international education at all levels,
- improve and promote international education programming and administration within institutions of higher education,
- establish and maintain a professional network among international education institutional leaders,
- cooperate in appropriate ways with other national and international groups having similar interests.
"AIEA is my association of choice. Why? Initially, because it was THE only organization where people shared my concerns about how to promote and manage the internationalization of higher education. Now, because these people are not only colleagues but friends. The AIEA community is by and large an extraordinarily nice bunch of people. Moreover, I keep learning new things at every conference." ~ Gilbert W. Merkx, Director of International and Area Studies, Duke University
Seeking Solutions to Common Problems
AIEA gives members opportunities to join forces, exchange ideas, share institutional strategies, and provide an effective voice on matters of public policy. Avenues for addressing common problems and mutual interests include:
- Opportunities for dialogue with colleagues
- A unified voice on specific international legislative issues
- New approaches to international education on campus
- An informed perspective on the development of policy on international education
- Workshops on topics of interest to members
- Professional meetings
- A scholarly journal
- A membership directory
- Consultant referrals
- Other timely publications (print and electronic)
The Public Policy Advisory Board keeps the general membership of AIEA informed about the major issues relating to international education at the national level. lt works with the leadership of AlEA to have the organization's voice heard on matters of public policy in Congress, in the Executive Branch, and among other national educational associations.
The Professional Development Committee (formerly Campus Administration and Programs (CAPS), a standing committee of AIEA, seeks to improve the effectiveness of international education administration by offering the membership professional development opportunities, consultant referral services, organization/structure models and other resources, and workshops/seminars.