Founded in New York in 1984, the organisation was named in honour of the late 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, better known as Lord Mountbatten, a senior member of the British Royal Family. After a distinguished career in public service, Lord Mountbatten became deeply involved in international education, particularly student exchange and international study.
His elder daughter, Lady Patricia, the Countess Mountbatten of Burma, gave us support and encouragement as our Patron for over 30 years, until her passing in 2017.
In 2018, Lord Ivar Mountbatten, Lady's Patricia's nephew, continued her legacy and our association with the Mountbatten family, by succeeding her as our patron. Lord Ivar is great-nephew to Lord Mountbatten and great-grandson of Prince Louis of Battenberg.