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Assistant Provost for International Programs Andrew Gillespie was selected to serve as a mentor through the Institute for International Education's, or IIE, Connecting with the World: International Relations for High Education Institutions course. The program provides training and tools for higher education professionals and ministry officials in Myanmar to develop and maintain an international office.

Gillespie will spend one year mentoring Myint Thuzar, a senior lecturer in Plant Breeding, Physiology and Ecology at Yezin Agricultural University in Nay Pyi Taw, the capital of Myanmar. Thuzar will complete a 20-week course with IIE on topics such as hosting a foreign delegation, facilitating student and faculty exchange, developing institutional agreements and the basic role of the international office within a university. Gillespie will provide additional personalized feedback, advice and guidance.

As Myanmar opens to the rest of the world, higher education in the U.S. has taken an acute interest in building connections and capacity in the formerly isolated country.

Auburn's Office of International Programs has a long-standing relationship with IIE through participation in programs such as the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. In 2015, IIE awarded the Auburn-Keimyung Korea Center the prestigious Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education.