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University of York, United Kingdom
The University of York will establish a package of initiatives over three years to help refugees who are escaping the worsening humanitarian crisis in Syria, North Africa, and the Middle East. The university decision redirects existing philanthropic donations to provide a maintenance award of up to £8,100, in addition to a full fee waiver. 

University of Evansville, Indiana
When the Syrian crisis escalated, Bev Fowler, Director of International Admission at the University of Evansville, saw an opportunity to make a difference. Responding at the outset to the IIE Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis, the university provided tuition discounts and has since enrolled 22 Syrian students. "Whether they had already fled Syria to other countries or have come directly from Syria, the students are engaged and have not wasted the opportunities available to them," said Fowler. "Their initiative shows up in their participation on and off campus including academic, social and internship-related activities." 

For more information about the Syria Consortium and how to become a member, please contact Nele Feldmann at nfeldmann@iie.org.
High tuition rates at home drive students to seek cheaper alternatives in countries like Canada and the 
United Kingdom, where tuition fees are substantially lower. — Wall Street Journal

Blogger Guillaume Tronchet inventories initiatives in favor of Syrian Refugees in the world higher education (actions, statements, reports, etc.). — EducPros.fr

With the University, Partners in Health is seeking to help correct an imbalance in the way health education happens today — that is, largely divorced from health service delivery and underexposed to what makes delivery work. — Devex
In the recent IIENetworker magazine, Matt Mawer and Rachel Day write about the difficulty of measuring the impact of international scholarships. "Examples abound of individual recipients for whom an international scholarship has been transformative," write Mawer and Day. "Nonetheless, to make the most robust assessments of scholarship programs in aggregate requires a greater investment in comparative analysis throughout the sector."

A Parent Guide to Study Abroad, now available in Spanish, contains critical information parents need to inform themselves and to support their high school or college student as he or she navigates the study abroad experience. Print copies are available for $4.95, with a steep discount for bulk copies for schools to give out to parents: 20 copies for $20.00.

Events & Deadlines
March 11, 2016, at University of California, Davis | Read More

The Institute of International Education (IIE) encourages you to save the date for the Annual IIE Best Practices Conference. This event will cover many exciting keynote, plenary, and session themes, and will feature high-level experts, including presidents, provosts, and international education administrators from institutions around the world. In addition, a special awards portion of the conference will honor the winners of the 2016 IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education. We also invite you to attend the optional pre-conference roundtable discussions and the networking reception on March 10, 2016. 

Online registration will open in November. IIENetwork member campuses will receive a priority discount on conference registration. Various sponsorship opportunities are available; for more information, contact Jeff Bunkin.
Application Deadline: October 19, 2015 | Learn More | Contact

IIE's Scholar Rescue Fund announces its next round of applications from scholars facing threats to their lives or academic work. Fellowships support temporary academic positions at colleges, universities, and other research institutions anywhere in the world where the scholars can continue their academic work in safety. Professors, researchers, and public intellectuals from any country, field, or discipline may apply. Please refer eligible candidates and forward this announcement to any academic colleagues who may be interested.
Why should we care about dance? A blog post by U.S. Fulbright Student Casey Thorne (2014-2015, Israel) describes her Fulbright project entitled "If I Were You" that "enlists the personal experiences and voices of global citizens to illuminate how dance can connect us to our shared humanity."

Study Abroad
Katja Simons, manager of the IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad, shares 8 studies showing the value employers place on international experience and whether a graduate’s career prospects actually improve as a result of this experience. "Many new studies show a direct impact of study abroad on creativity, cognitive ability, and student success," writes Simons. "In addition, studies show that study abroad plays an important role in developing a global mindset and skills necessary to succeed in the workforce."




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