"A very supportive and collaborative atmosphere, for brainstorming and exchanging ideas with faculty members, classmates and colleagues. Surprises happen every day."
Gong Zhan
IFF Faculty of Management, Dept. of Finance, Fudan University, Fall '13

International Faculty Fellows

The International Faculty Fellows (IFF) program invites faculty from MIT Sloan’s international partner institutions and other collaborating schools to MIT Sloan for a semester of teaching and research development.  

Each semester between 10-15 IFFs meet regularly with a designated MIT Sloan professor to assess and work toward their professional goals. Depending on those goals, IFFs may participate in any of the following activities:

 

  • Teaching and curriculum development – attend MIT Sloan classes in subjects they currently teach or plan to teach to experience how those subjects are taught and get fresh ideas for their own course curricula and approaches to instruction. Most IFFs also attend teaching workshops.
  • Research endeavors –  work on their personal research projects and consult with MIT Sloan faculty and staff about their findings and plans for further investigation.
  • Seminars and conferences – attend academic group seminars, conferences, and other events related to their subject areas to gain new perspectives, share their own insights, and expand their professional network.
  • Social, cultural, and recreational events – IFFs have ample opportunities to socialize with their IFF peers and other members of the MIT community, both on and off campus. The Cambridge and Boston areas also boast a wealth of cultural and recreational activities—from museums and historical landmarks to world-class music, theater, and sports. Many IFFs bring their families to explore the local culture together.

The IFF program was launched in 1996 and has trained more than 300 international faculty members to date. Current IFFs are mainly from MIT Sloan’s partner programs in China, Portugal, Turkey, and Brazil. Past IFFs have come from schools in South Korea, Mexico, Ghana, South Africa, Uganda, and Vietnam.

 To view the Fall 2013 IFF program brochure, or to download the PDF, please click here.

 To view the Spring 2014 IFF program brochure, or download the PDF, please click here.

To view a picture list of the Fall 2014 IFF's, please click here.

“I always encourage IFFs to figure out what we do, then go back and do it better. It works to our benefit as well as theirs.”

- William Pounds, MIT Sloan Professor and Dean Emeritus