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About PIER

Mission

The Programs in International Educational Resources (PIER) of The MacMillan Center draw upon Yale University’s extensive resources to develop and implement programs, services, and resources designed to advance understanding of international and world regional issues through outreach to education, business, media, and the public.

History

The MacMillan Center has a long history of commitment to the dynamic outreach programs in its area and international studies councils. East Asian Studies established the first outreach program in 1974, followed by European (1975), African (1985), International (1990), Latin American (1998), and Middle East (2003) Studies. Initially, each operated independently with occasional coordination of events. To maximize services and resources, the outreach programs were allied in 1993 under the rubric PIER, Programs in International Educational Resources. PIER also collaborates as appropriate with other MacMillan Center councils, programs, and initiatives.

Since its inception, PIER has made use of the scholarship of Yale’s outstanding faculty and staff in the promotion of research, development of effective curriculum, dissemination of resources, and articulation of international and world regional issues.

What PIER Does:

PIER offers many opportunities to advance its mission that is designed to enhance understanding of international and world regional issues to education, business, media, and the public. Some of PIER’s programs and services include:

  • Intensive Summer Institutes
  • Professional development workshops at Yale and in schools and community colleges
  • PIER Collection of video, text and other resources
  • Lectures, conferences, and other events for educators, students, business, media, and the community
  • Language and cultural exposure
  • Field study abroad opportunities

Contact the PIER directors about these and other international services and programs.