Office of International Development

A Division of the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs


As the technical assistance and training unit of the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs (OVPIA), the Office of International Development (OIDformerly CIEDA or the Center for International Education and Development Assistance) was established in 1995 as:

IU’s multidisciplinary center for coordinating

international development assistance and training.

OID builds upon a long and distinguished tradition of Indiana University technical assistance in developing and developed countries. One of IU’s earliest technical assistance initiatives involved strengthening elementary and secondary school curricula, in the Philippines in 1908. Beginning in 1945, under President Wells’ leadership, Indiana University’s commitment to international institution building expanded to many overseas educational development projects. In 1964, with Ford Foundation support, IU was one of the four founding members of the Midwest Universities Consortium for International Activities (MUCIA) and remained a member until 2001. From the early 1970s to 1995, under the leadership of Drs. William Siffin and Phillip Morgan, the International Development Institute (IDI) and the Program of Advanced Studies in Institution Building and Technical Assistance Methodology placed IU in the forefront of teaching and research on issues of development administration and international technical assistance. Today, IU’s tradition of teaching, research and service to international development and institution-building is spread across the curriculum and the eight campus-system through the activities of OID, the IUPUI Office of International Affairs, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Schools of Medicine, Education, Business, and Public and Environmental Affairs, and numerous other institutes, centers, individual faculty, and volunteer student groups.

Following are milestones of IU’s international engagement over the past 60 years:

From the 1950s through the 1970s, one of IU’s most significant initiatives was the establishment of the Free University of Berlin. During this period, IU also forged institution-building partnerships with:

  • The National Institute of Development Administration in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 16 teacher education colleges in Thailand
  • The National Institute of Public Administration in Indonesia
  • Kabul University’s School of Education

From the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, IU served as the lead institution in MUCIA for the Institute Teknologi MARA Cooperative Program, a 10-year, $53 million project that provided a two-year IU undergraduate curriculum in Malaysia for more than 5,000 government-sponsored students. The ‘90s also saw the Workshop on Political Theory (WPT), led by Drs. Elinor and Vincent Ostrom, partner with Associates in Rural Development for ground-breaking theoretical and applied studies in the area of water and forestry management. Additionally, it was during this time that Emilio Moran established the Anthropological Center for the Study of Global Environmental Change in partnership with WPT for studies of deforestation in the Amazon and Africa.

These years also saw:

  • The establishment of Khanya College, a distance education program enabling hundreds of black South Africans to gain entry into formerly all-white South African universities
  • Development of the Zimbabwe College of Music
  • Establishment of an M.B.A. program in Budapest, Hungary

During the late 1990s to 2005, some of the major institution-building initiatives included:

  • American University of Central Asia faculty and administrative development, endowment management, and media center project
  • Faculty and curriculum development for the South East European University in Tetovo, Macedonia
  • The IU School of Medicine’s Academic Model for the Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS (AMPATH) project with Moi University in Kenya, with funding from the Gates Foundation, USAID, and the National Institutes of Health
  • Parliamentary Development in the Ukraine through a USAID grant to the School of Public and Environmental Affairs

From 2005 to 2012,

  • Nobel Prize in Economics in 2009 to Elinor Ostrom for her work on the management of pooled, common resources
  • The School of Education’s Teacher Education Project in Afghanistan with funding from USAID
  • LL.M. degree programs at Cairo and Alexandria Universities (USAID-funded) through the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis
  • The Center for Excellence in Health and Life Sciences (USAID-funded) at the University of Liberia