Initiative on Distance Learning (IDL)

The Initiative on Distance Learning seeks to foster critical thinking skills in university students from transitional societies to create an intellectually empowered generation of future leaders and to establish FSI as a leader in providing social science courses via distance learning technology in diverse educational and cultural settings.

Modern technology is providing a broad foundation for a revolution in higher education worldwide. The advent of the Internet and other information technologies make Stanford's teaching and research readily available to scholars and students across the globe. While many international distance learning programs focus on business or the hard sciences, the Institute for International Studies at Stanford University is undertaking an ambitious program to help revitalize the social sciences in the Russian Federation