Institute of International Education

The RBF began supporting the Institute of International Education (IIE), a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing international education and access to education worldwide, as early as 1950. IIE had been founded in 1919, in the aftermath of World War I, on the premise that fostering international educational exchange would build cross-cultural understanding and promote peace. In the late 1970s, the RBF helped the IIE establish its South African Education Program, a cooperative venture by U.S. foundations, corporations, universities, and USAID to prepare black South Africans for a post-apartheid future. In the 1980s, the RBF made grants to the Institute’s new educational advising program in China and to arts programs it acquired after a merger with Arts International.

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