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International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP)

Funded by U. S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by IREX

The International Leadership in Education Program brings outstanding teachers from the Near East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Western Hemisphere to the United States to learn about the latest advancements in educational methodology and policy, and to develop the leadership skills necessary to implement and promote change within their schools and home communities.

2011 - 2012


2010 - 2011

It is the fifth time that Kent State was selected to work with the International Leaders in Education program! This year, 16 secondary educators from 8 countries in the Middle East, South Asia, Central and South America, and Africa have come to Kent for spring semester.

IMAGE: ILEP 2011 group photo for web

From Left to Right:
Hanan Sidani - Lebanon; Comfort Molete – South Africa
Jeane Oliveria - Brazil; Betty Rahmawati - Indonesia
Hermes Vargas - Philippines; Magaly Velastegui – Ecuador
Sukanto Roy - Bangladesh; Novianti Mulyana – Indonesia
Mohamed Adouabdellah - Morocco; Patricia Simplicio - Brazil
Eugene Dlamini – South Africa; Nadine Chaarani – Lebanon
Fabiola Cordova – Ecuador; Christine Arjona – Indonesia
Naji Abdelilah – Morocco; Swapur Mohajon – Bangladesh

2009 - 2010

For the fourth year in a row, Kent State University was awarded the ILEP grant. Kent State University is the only institution that has had the honor of receiving this grant every year since its inception. In the 2009-10 academic year we are honored to host 16 scholars from 11 different countries including Sub-Sahara Africa, Northern Africa and the Middle East, South Asia, Southeastern Asia, and South America.

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Assia Benamara - Algeria; Kazi Rashid – Bangladesh
Badrun Nahar - Bangladesh; Alexandre Oliveira - Brazil
Joselia Santos - Brazil; Marwa Saleh – Egypt
Adrian Pariat - India; Siti Sulaiman – Indonesia
Bayu Widyatmoko - Indonesia; Yaser Abuhmaid - Jordan
Rosina Jeffery Minggu – Malaysia; Mercelita Labial – Philippines
Ana Miranra – Philippines; El Ismaila Diouf – Sengal
Maband Mnisi – South Africa; Houcine Zeiri – Tunisia
Ebed Sulbaran Pena - Venezuela

2008 - 2009

Kent State was once again selected to host ILEP ($150,000) for 16 secondary school educators from 12 countries including Sub-Sahara Africa, Northern Africa and the Middle East, South Asia, Southeastern Asia, and South America. Once again these scholars were cultural ambassadors as they are in graduate classes, public schools, and generally contributed to the internationalization efforts at Kent State University and in education in northeast Ohio. They also featured as a part of two events to help internationalize K-12 schools in NE Ohio.

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From Left to Right:

Bayu Widyatmoko - Indonesia; Zulfa Sulaiman - Indonesia;

El Ismaila Diouf - Senegal; Assia Benamara - Algeria;

Alexandre Olivera - Brazil; Kazi Rashid - Bangladesh;

Ebed Sulbaran - Venezuela; Monte Pariat - India;

Yaser Abuhmaid - Jordan; Houssin Zayri -Tunisia;

Marwa Saleh - Egypt; Badrun Nahar - Bangladesh;

Jose Santos - Brazil; Mercy Labial - Philippines;

Ana Mirana - Philippines; Patrick Mnisi - South Africa.

2007 - 2008

Kent State was selected for the second time to work with the International Leaders in Education program ($150,000) which brought 18 secondary educators from northern part of Africa, southern Asia, and southeastern Asia in an exchange program for spring semester. These secondary educators audited classes, conducted internships in public schools, and received specialized technology, English and special academic seminars.

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From Left to Right:

Wael Shaker - Egypt; Ghizlane Razak - Morocco;

Mamoun Alzoubi - Jordan; Shaji Choorapuzhayil - India;

Noureddine Boutahar - Morocco;

Sharmin Akther - Bangladesh; Mohamed Bassyouni - Egypt; Fahmida Sharmin - Bangladesh;

Suharyadi Suharyadi - Indonesia; Ashraf Abdalla - Egypt;

Ahmed Abdelhady - Egypt; Joyce Mitri - Lebanon;

Nuraini Ibrahim - Indonesia; Nurhalis Lauselang - Indonesia;

Mary Chan - Malaysia; Isna Shobrin - Indonesia;

Mehnaz Choudhury - Bangladesh;

Abdesalam Zouita - Morocco

2006 - 2007

Kent State University was awarded $70,000 to host 16 secondary educators from the northern part of Africa, south Asia and southeastern Asia in an exchange program for spring semester. These secondary educators will audit classes, have internships in public schools, and receive specialized academic and cultural programming. This is funded through IREX by the US State Department.

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From Left to Right:

Iyad Abdel Rahman - Jordan; Haji Nurhayati - Indonesia;

Ghada Itani - Lebanon; Latifa Brahimi - Morocco;

Keltouma Guerch - Morocco; Valsa Balaji - India;

Abeer Khalaf Barakat - Iraq; Ahmed Mekkaoui - Algeria;

Yousef Mahmoud - Egypt;Socy Yap - Malaysia;

Rumuthamalar Rajaratnam - Malaysia; Muhammad Yusran - Indonesia; Adel Henein - Egypt; MD Khan - Bangladesh

Kent State University and the Center for International & Intercultural Education would like to thank the following Ohio School Systems for their participation in this project:

  • Aurora City Schools
  • Crestwood High School
  • Hudson City Schools
  • Kent City Schools
  • Lakewood City Schools
  • Orange city Schools
  • Shaker Heights City Schools
  • Spring Garden Waldorf School
  • Streetsboro City Schools
  • St. Patrick's School
  • Stow - Munroe Falls City Schools

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