Global Education and Training (GET) was formed in 2015 to provide transformative learning experiences through customized training programs, drawing on the expertise of Illinois faculty, staff, and students to transmit cutting-edge learning opportunities to career professional peers from abroad. In FY16 thus far, GET has provided 20 different training programs to 471 executives and students from eight countries. These programs—ranging in duration from two weeks to six months—have addressed topics in business, economics, accounting, law, agriculture, information sciences, higher education management, teaching in English, and more. GET programs attracted participants from more than a dozen top universities in East Asia, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America, and from several of China’s largest banks.
A key highlight of GET’s work this year was its participation in the U.S. State Department-funded EducationUSA “Leadership Institute on Campus Internationalization and Student Mobility for Higher Administrators at Foreign Universities and National Education Ministries.” GET Director Matt Rosenstein and ISIP Director Tim Barnes also participated as featured U.S. experts in State Department-sponsored follow-on workshops in Kazakhstan and Japan, respectively. GET has secured over $1.1 million in gross revenue YTD in FY16 through its education and training programs. This has not only brought much-needed revenue to the University, but also bolstered the University’s reputation as a prime international destination for top-quality mid or advanced career education. As demand for its programming continues to expand, GET is working on diversifying its offerings to include a wider variety of sectors and geographical regions.