Our Purpose is to Connect the World Through Education

The IUA is committed to creating more opportunities for students and inspiring cross-cultural exchange, ultimately leading to better, healthier, and more peaceful, respectful and sustainable communities.

  • Expanding opportunities

    The IUA expands opportunities for new communities of international students aspiring to study in the U.S.

  • Increasing diversity

    The IUA increases student diversity by developing and sustaining relationships with education, government and industry leaders in countries with increasing international student mobility.

  • Building relationships

    The IUA advances its participants’ interests by fostering research opportunities and programmatic exchanges between participating universities and overseas institutions.

  • Providing leadership

    The IUA has set out to establish a platform for industry leadership in global higher education initiatives, including government and corporate engagements.

A Wealth of Experience and Expertise

The senior management team at IUA boasts two professional educationalists with shared reputations for thought leadership, academic development and delivery on the global stage — well suited to support and guide the continued growth of participants and participation, and to nurture effective partnerships to this end.

Bill Durden

Bill Durden

Chief Global Engagement Officer

William G. Durden currently holds a joint appointment professorship (research) in the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University, is an operating partner of Sterling Partners (a private equity firm in Baltimore, Chicago and Miami) and is a Vice President of and the advisor to the CEO of Shorelight Education (Boston).

Bill received his undergraduate degree from Dickinson College in German and philosophy and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in German language and literature from Johns Hopkins University. Directly following graduation from Dickinson, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Basle, Switzerland. He has also studied at the University of Freiburg and the University of Muenster, Germany.

Bill was most recently founding dean of the School of Business and Entrepreneurship, Bath Spa University (U.K.). He is president emeritus of Dickinson College and a professor of the liberal arts. Directly prior to his 14-year tenure at Dickinson College, he was simultaneously president of a division of the Sylvan Learning Systems Inc. (today Laureate Education Inc.) and vice president of academic affairs for the Caliber Learning Network — originally a joint venture of MCI and Sylvan. Prior to Sylvan, Bill was a member of the German Department at Johns Hopkins University and founding executive director of the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) for 16 years. During his Hopkins engagement, he was also a senior education consultant to the U.S. Department of State for 11 years and chaired the Advisory Committee on Exceptional Children and Youth.

Bill served as chair of the advisory board of the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (the Senior Fulbright program) and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of International Education (IIE). He also currently serves as a director of Walden University, the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Squashwise and Shorelight Education.

Kathryn Smith

Kathryn Smith

Senior Director

Kathryn Smith is Senior Director, Strategy and Global Projects, at Shorelight Education, where she focuses on industry leadership initiatives in international higher education. With Shorelight Education, she has developed and overseen innovations with U.S. and U.K. universities that expand the global reach of universities and international student engagement in higher education. She specializes in innovating multi-stakeholder strategic growth initiatives and guiding the execution and implementation of project outcomes. She has a special interest and expertise in entrepreneurship, and in entrepreneurship education as a driver for institutional growth.

Prior to joining Shorelight Education, Kathryn was engaged as a strategic management consultant to institutions, charities and commercial organizations, focusing on entrepreneurial partnerships as growth strategies. She was formerly a member of the Faculty of Law at King's College, London University, an attorney with Baker and McKenzie (Sydney and Chicago) and Allen & Overy (London) and a member of the private staff of the Federal Minister for Health in Australia.

Kathryn holds a Ph.D. in law from Cambridge University, where she was a Tapp Scholar and Prince of Wales Scholar. She holds a bachelor of law with first class honors and a bachelor of fine art from the Australian National University, where she graduated as the University Medalist. She maintains a specialization in 20th century design, sits as a jury member on a number of art and design committees and advises on growth opportunities for young creatives.

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