Inc. was formed in 1990 under the name American-Soviet
Cooperative Exchange, Inc. (ASCE) as a mechanism for organizing educational
exchanges between the United States and republics of
the former Soviet Union. Initial directors of the organizations
were Igor Bogdanov, Supreme Soviet member from Nizhniy
Novgorod and John Capece, University of Florida graduate
student, serving then as president of the National Association of Graduate-Professional
Students, Inc. (NAGPS).
1992 - 1998
In 1992 ASCE changed its name to Intelligentsia
International, Inc. (III) and secured its 501c3 status
as an educational non-profit organization. Between 1990
and 1998 the organization conducted variety of exchanges,
involving approximately 200 participants including academic,
youth, military, scientific, business, agriculture and governmental representatives.
Its largest project was with the Nizhniy Novgorod region, developing
exchanges between Florida Atlantic University (FAU), University
of Florida (UF), and the Language University of Nizhniy Novgorod (LUNN).
The exchanges eventually resulted in United States Information Agency
(USIA) grant to create an American Center at LUNN, in cooperation with
FAU and UF. Staffing the project for III were Ilya Solarev,
LUNN graduate based at UF and Carole Glover, NAGPS President
based in Nizhniy Novgorod.
Other projects during
the early 1990's included an agricultural university exchange
program with the Kuban region (Krasnodar in south Russia); a
Sister City exchange program between Gainesville, Florida
and Novorossiysk, Russia; university speaking tours for
Russian political officials; military exchanges with installations in
Sevastopol, Ukraine; high school student exchanges between
Russian and U.S. minority students in Florida; and agricultural technical
assistance in Moldova through the Eastern European Linkage Institute
at University of Central Florida. III also hosted the first U.S. visit
and tour by Mr. Andrei Sharonov and business officials
from Toliatti. Mr. Sharonov became then Russian Minister for Youth Affairs
and he recently served as Russian Federation Deputy Minister for Economic
Development and Trade.
Since 1999, Intelligentsia's primary
aim has been managing an international program in cooperation
with Southern DataStream, Inc. (SDS) in LaBelle, Florida.
To date, more than 470 participants from 68
nations have completed the SDS/III program, with
an average duration of 3.7 months.