IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally. We enable local individuals and institutions to build key elements of a vibrant society: quality education, independent media, and strong communities. To strengthen these sectors, our program activities also include conflict resolution, technology for development, gender, and youth. We believe strongly in a world where every person can play an essential role in the pursuit of life’s best ambitions.
Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of over $70 million and a staff of over 400 professionals worldwide. IREX employs field-tested methods and innovative uses of technologies to develop practical and locally-driven solutions with our partners in more than 100 countries.
IREX education programs support economic development, social reform, civic participation and provide the foundation for tomorrow’s leaders. IREX works with individuals, institutions, and governments to expand access to and improve the quality of education worldwide. IREX designs programs and provides consulting to support lifelong learning starting at the primary and secondary levels, continuing through higher education, and including continuing professional training.
In the area of primary and secondary education, IREX’s teacher training programs include the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program and the International Leaders in Education Program, and the Teachers for Global Classrooms programs.
In the area of international education, IREX provides opportunities for students and professionals to study and develop labor market relevant skills and leadership abilities through the following programs:
- Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders
- Community College Initiative
- Community Solutions Program
- Undergraduate Exchange Programs (UGRAD) in Eurasia and Central Asia, Kosovo, Pakistan, and Crimea
- Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson Scholarship Program's Tunisia Undergraduate Scholarship Program (Tunisia UGRAD)
In the area of higher education, IREX is expanding higher education e-learning in Turkmenistan, supporting growth of quality higher education in Iraq, supporting and strengthening rural universities in Kurdistan, and supporting the development of university administrators in Eurasia and Africa.
IREX programs also work with youth, to support positive youth development, and to empower youth leadership and voice. In the West Bank, IREX leads the Partnerships with Youth program, in Romania and Moldova IREX’s is supporting Youth Civic Engagement and Dialogue, and in Kyrgstan and Tajikistan, IREX uses a Drama for Conflict Transformation methodology to promote Youth Theater for Peace.