Collaborating Partners

Asia Society

Asia Society is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships in a global context.  Kent State University faculty have served as national webinar leaders on the topics of internationalization of teacher education.

Comparative and International Education Society

The Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) was established in 1956 to promote cross-cultural understanding, scholarship, academic achievement and societal development through the international study of educational ideas, systems, and practices. The Society's members include more than 2000 academics, practitioners, and students from around the world. Gerald H. Read was one of the founders of CIES.  

Cleveland Council of World Affairs

Founded in 1923 to promote world peace, the Cleveland Council on World Affairs (CCWA) is Northeast Ohio’s most prominent organization that provides the public with greater understanding and personal engagement in international relations and global issues.  CIIE has served on the education committee and has been a collaborative partner on many NE Ohio internationalization initiatives in education.

Global Cleveland

Global Cleveland is a non-profit organization focused on regional economic development through actively attracting newcomers (defined as foreign-born and native-born individuals) and welcoming and connecting them economically and socially to the many opportunities throughout Greater Cleveland.  CIIE works with Global Cleveland in areas of immigrants.

Hershey Foundation

The Hershey Foundation is dedicated to providing Northeast Ohio children from all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds with special opportunities for personal growth and development.  This foundation is supporting the Curriculum in a Cupboard project (TM)

International Baccalaureate Organization

International Baccalaureate Organization The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student. Their four programs for students aged 3 to 19 help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. Founded in 1968, and currently working with 3,301 schools in 141 countries to develop and offer three challenging programs to over 968,000 students aged 3 to 19 years. This organization offers graduate credit of IB sponsored workshops worldwide at Kent State University. Kent State's Early Childhood and Middle Year's Programs are fully authorized as PYP (Primary Years Program) ans MYP (Middle Years Program) at the graduate and undergraduate level.  For more information see link with KSU's Professional Development Office

International Institute of Akron

The International Institute of Akron (IIA) is a leader in the ever-expanding international community in Summit County, Ohio.  A non-profit agency, founded in 1916,  IIA provides services to over 10,000 immigrants in Northeast Ohio and resettles over 500 refugees.  IIA has provided service learning opportunities for KSU students and scholars.

Institute of International Education IIE

Institute of International Education is an independent not-for-profit funded in 1919. IIE is among the world's largest and most experienced international educational and training organization.  Kent State University serves as a project collaborator, and KSU faculty serve as consultants the education division.


IREX is an international non-profit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally. Kent State University has been awarded grants every year since 2006 and hosted secondary educators from all over the world though the International Leaders in Education program (ILEP).

Kent State Koleji

Kent State Koleji is our partner school in Istanbul, Turkey.  Avrupa Educational Foundation has a long association with Kent State University and provides elementary and secondary education to children in Turkey. Its sister institution Ada Kent University in northern Cyprus is a new part of the Avrupa Educational Foundation Institutions.  This partnership established nearly a decade ago, provides rich intercultural and international experiences for faculty and graduate students annually.

Longview Foundation

Founded by William L. Breese, the Longview Foundation for World Affairs and International understanding has been helping young people in the United States learn about regions and global issues since 1966.  Kent State University served as the primary investigator for developing a state wide model for internationalization of teacher education and internationalization of Career and Technical  Education in Ohio.

Martha Holden Jennings Foundation

As a long supporter of international education in the state of Ohio, Martha Holden Jennings Foundation and CIIE have worked together in supportive landmark initiatives such as the Ohio Global Teacher Institute, the Ohio Ontario Symposium on Education, International Career and Technical education in Ohio, and promoting global leadership for k-12 administrators.

NAFSA - Association of International Educators

NAFSA is a leading professional association dedicated to international education.  Kent State University faculty have led special pre-conference teacher education workshops, as well as presented at the annual conference.


The Fulbright Program sponsors visiting scholars and students who select Kent State University for their research and study.  Additionally, faculty and administrators at Kent State University have earned status as Fulbright specialists  and work throughout the world in this capacity.  Fulbright program is federally funded and administered through IIE and World Learning.

Pulitzer Center

The Pulitzer Center promotes in-depth engagement with global affairs through its sponsorship of quality international journalism across all media platforms and an innovative program of outreach and education.  In collaboration with Kent State's College of Communication, CIIE invites Pulitzer Center reporters as guest speakers and promotes the Pulitzer Center outreach to k-12 educators in Ohio.

World Council of Comparative Education Societies

World Council of Comparative Education Societies ( WCCES) is an international organization of comparative education societies worldwide and is an NGO in Operational Relations with UNESCO. WCCES was created in 1970 to advance the field of comparative education. Gerald H. Read was one of the founders of WCIES. Archives of WCIES are housed at Kent State University. See link for more information: 

The Refugee Response 

The Refugee Response (TRR) empowers refugees to become self-sufficient and contributing members of their communities. TRR and CIIE are collaborating on education based projects and support each other in project development.

World Savy

World Savy is a national education non-profit that works with educators, schools and districts to integrate the highest quality of global competence in teaching and learning. Founded in 2002, World Savy has offices in San Francisco, New York and Minneapolis.