Dr. Rajika Bhandari
President & CEO

IC3 Institute

Short Biography

Dr. Rajika Bhandari is President and CEO of the IC3 (International Career and College Counseling) Institute. A scholar-practitioner in international higher education, Rajika has over twenty years of executive and management experience in student mobility research and data-driven insights; monitoring, evaluation, and impact studies of international education programs; and shaping thought leadership strategy in the nonprofit, private and higher education sectors. Rajika previously held senior roles at the Institute of International Education (IIE) for over a decade, including leading the flagship Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. Her other roles include ones at MPR Associates/RTI; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Detailed Biography

Dr. Rajika Bhandari is President and CEO of the IC3 Institute, connecting high schools, universities, and industry to help students forge a successful pathway to future education and careers. A scholar-practitioner in international higher education, Rajika has over twenty years of executive and management experience in student mobility research and data-driven insights; monitoring, evaluation, and impact studies of international education programs; and shaping thought leadership strategy in the nonprofit, private and higher education sectors. She is a widely published author, including of six books, with her work covered extensively in the global press. She speaks frequently on issues such as global talent flows; access and equity in education; women and education; and educational and cultural diplomacy. She has partnered with U.S. government agencies such as the Departments of State and Education, and the National Science Foundation; multilateral organizations such as UNESCO and the World Bank; foundations such as the Ford Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, and Macarthur Foundation; and higher education institutions and associations in the U.S. and other countries.

With projects spanning 22 countries, Rajika’s regional areas of expertise include the U.S. and India, with a focus on Indo-U.S. educational and people-to-people exchanges. Rajika led the Institute of International Education's (IIE) research, impact, and thought leadership activities for over a decade, including the flagship Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, the Project Atlas initiative, and the groundbreaking 10-year longitudinal study of the Ford Foundation’s International Fellowships Program. Her other roles include ones at MPR Associates (now part of RTI); the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and at Teachers College, Columbia University. A past international student herself, Rajika holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology (Honors) from the University of Delhi and graduate degrees in Psychology from North Carolina State University in the U.S.