Sharing International Expertise for 31 Years
In 1985 The University of Texas at Austin faced an influx of international students whose sponsors required support and monitoring services beyond degree studies. Not equipped to provide those services on its own, the university's International Office reached out to other state supported universities—and the Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC) was born.
The initial results were the establishment of sponsored student programs across a number of campuses, and the beginnings of an ongoing dialogue among university administrators regarding international student programs. Presidents of the participating universities became members of the TIEC Board of Directors. Other university representatives became members of the TIEC Operating Council.
A significant early event that firmly established TIEC as a leader in international education was a program in which more than 1,500 Malaysian students completed their university degrees at U.S. universities.
TIEC also joined forces with the Texas Intensive English Program (TIEP), another outgrowth of international education programs at the University of Texas—in this case, English-as-a-second-language (ESL) instruction. Since 1965 TIEP has helped more than 30,000 students and professionals from 130 countries, as they pursued programs in the English language, U.S. cultural familiarity, and academic study skills.
By the early 1990s, TIEC had reached beyond receiving sponsored students and had built a model using Texas faculty and administrators as consulting teams to provide services for international university design and curriculum reform.
This evolution extended the reach of Texas universities to include a new focus on serving education worldwide, providing a global gateway to the expertise of Texas universities, and promoting international peace by sharing knowledge around the world.
A Recognized Leader
Today, few American organizations provide the breadth and depth or access to expertise that can match TIEC capabilities. Located in Austin, Texas, the independent, non-profit corporation TIEC delivers a full range of services to both the global educational community and Texas higher education across three core components: service programs for its participating universities, institutional service programs for universities overseas, and English-as-a-second-language programs for international students, educators and other professionals.
Dr. Joe W. Neal, 1985-1996
Dr. Bill Franklin, 1996-1999
Dr. Nick L. Poulton, 2000-2007
Dr. Ronald Aqua, 2007-2017
Ms. Robin Lerner, 2017-Present (bio)