In spring 2007, then-Provost (now President) Rafael Reif charged the International Advisory Committee (IAC) "with designing a strategy to target countries and regions where MIT should focus its international efforts and identifying cross-cutting topics and themes."
The International Advisory Committee, chaired by Associate Provost for International Activities Richard Lester, contributes to the design of an international strategy for the Institute through
- consulting directly with the faculty and the administration;
- advising the senior administration on the value and appropriateness of proposals for international institutional initiatives and partnerships;
- reviewing all ongoing international institutional initiatives and partnerships, and delivering those findings to the senior administration on an annual basis.
In addition, the IAC reports to the President, Provost and Faculty Personnel Committee (FPC) and the MIT Faculty at large about the IAC’s progress in the design of an international strategy for MIT, and on the progress of new and already established international institutional initiatives and partnerships. The IAC meets monthly during the semester.