Cultural Vistas Welcomes Turkmenistan Higher Education Officials for IVLP Visit

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Three-week exchange centers on expanding international collaboration, opportunities for students

Cultural Vistas recently welcomed a group of four professors from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Institute of International Relations in Turkmenistan for a three-week International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) centered on globalizing curriculum and expanding international collaboration within higher education institutions.

This initiative is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which promotes international mutual understanding through a wide range of academic, cultural, and professional exchange programs.

The three-week visit began Monday in the nation's capital and will continue through August 17 with visits to both coasts on tap, including stops in Boston, Seattle, and Minneapolis.

The program itinerary, which was designed and implemented by Cultural Vistas in close cooperation with the Department of State, will allow the esteemed delegates to meaningfully engage and interact with staff from all levels of government, as well as direct professional counterparts, and explore the following topics and themes:
•How to develop curricula that teaches diplomacy, foreign policy analysis, global development and the role of international organizations;
•U.S. university programs and teaching methods that promote debate on global economies, societies, and cultures;
•Core requirements for undergraduate and graduate degrees in international relations;
•Structuring study abroad programs, internships and practicum for international relations students;
•Faculty research themes in international relations departments;
•American faculty qualifications for undergraduate and graduate level instruction, and professional development;
•Potential collaborative projects between faculty, as well as private partnerships.

Foreign Policy & International Relations Curricula | Turkmenistan
Program Itinerary, Hosts, and Themes | July 30-August 17

Washington, D.C. | Cultural Vistas and U.S. Department of State | July 30-August 2
•Overview of the American political system, the three branches of government, and the role of the federal, state, and local governments
•Graduate International Relations curriculum design and course requirements
•Curriculum design for International Service at the undergraduate level
•Utilizing scholars in residence and invited lecturers from the public sector
•Training curriculum to prepare and train U.S. diplomats
•U.S. foreign policy with respect to Russia and Central Asia
•The role of academic think tanks in foreign policy

Williamsburg, Va. | Cultural Vistas | August 2-4
•International Relations theory versus practice    
•Interdisciplinary international relations programs

Seattle, Wash. | World Affairs Council - Seattle | August 4-8
•Getting the most of internships, study abroad programs, fellowship opportunities for students
•Internationalizing undergraduate curriculum
•Faculty recruitment and professional development
•Faculty research

Minneapolis, Minn. | Minnesota International Center| August 8-13
•Global studies programs
•Initiatives in internationalizing K-12 education
•Study abroad programs

Boston, Mass. | WorldBoston| August 13-17
•Public-private partnerships in IR research        
•Visiting scholars and international relations teaching
•Social media and teaching
•International policy issues in state and local policy development
•High school international affairs programs
•Innovative teaching methodology in International Relations

About Cultural Vistas
A non‐profit 501(c)(3) organization and designated sponsor of Exchange Visitor Programs, Cultural Vistas has facilitated professional exchange programs and services for visitors coming to the United States, and Americans seeking overseas experiential learning opportunities since 1950. As one of eight National Program Agencies (NPAs), Cultural Vistas works in close cooperation with the U.S. Department of State to administer, design, and implement IVLP programs that directly support and advance U.S. foreign policy goals. — Learn more at

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About the International Visitor Leadership Program
The Office of International Visitors manages and funds the International Visitor Leadership Program. Launched in 1940, the IVLP seeks to build mutual understanding between the United States and other nations through carefully designed professional visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders. Each year over 4,500 IVLP participants from all over the world are selected by U.S. embassies to travel to the United States to meet and confer with their professional counterparts. More than 325 current and former chiefs of state and heads of government and many other distinguished world leaders from across the public and private sectors have participated in the program. — Learn more at

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