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Declan Butler writes in Nature about the crisis in Syria and the implications of a generation that has not been able to continue its university education. "Before the conflict began, 26% of young adults in Syria were receiving tertiary education" writes Declan. "That leaves hundreds of thousands of people who would normally be attending university going without."

IIE President Allan Goodman, interviewed for the article, says that humanitarian efforts have tended to focus on saving lives and relieving misery among those fleeing conflict. "Education is the orphan of all these crises," he says. "People are so concerned about food, water, shelter and other basics, and we haven’t thought enough about education."

Beth Garriott, IIE Senior Program Officer with IIE’s Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives, shares about IIE’s Women Enhancing Technology (WeTech) program, announced two years ago at the Clinton Global Initiative  annual meeting. "With the accelerating growth of engineering-related jobs globally and the predicted shortage of equipped employees, engaging more women is critical to both bridging the talent gap and providing companies with the diverse skills and perspectives necessary to thrive," writes Garriott.

Iran has given permission for five Americans to study in a Tehran University master’s program, enabling "first steps in academic diplomacy between the two countries." — Christian Science Monitor

While research has shown that a small percentage of those enrolled in in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) were completing them—and that MOOCs seemed to be serving the most advantaged—new evidence shows that MOOCs do have real impact in developing countries. — Harvard Business Review

"The way the pope has asked every monastery, diocese, church in Europe to take in a Syrian family, this is the kind of crisis where you need everybody to step up," IIE President Allan Goodman said. — Inside Higher Ed
In the recent IIENetworker magazine, Chris R. Glass and Cheryl Matherly describe a new approach to international education evaluation, called appreciative inquiry. "This approach challenges the core assumption that evaluation means finding and fixing what is now working," write Glass and Matherly. "Instead, appreciative inquiry builds trust by identifying what is working well, analyzing why it is working and then doing more of it."

Events & Deadlines
Deadline: October 16, 2015 | Download Nomination Form | Contact 
The Institute of International Education (IIE) is delighted to invite you to nominate your program for the 2016 Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education. IIE created these awards to honor outstanding initiatives in international higher education by IIENetwork member universities and colleges. IIE's Heiskell Awards showcase the most innovative and successful models for internationalization of campuses, study abroad, and international exchange partnerships in practice today. There are four award categories for 2016: Internationalizing the Campus, Study Abroad, International Partnerships, and Internationalizing the HBCU or Community College.
The U.S. Department of State recently announced scholarships for American high school students to study abroad. Applications are now being accepted for the following study abroad programs for U.S. high school students. These merit-based scholarships include international airfare, tuition, and program costs, as well as meals and living accommodations (often with a host family). The programs have no language prerequisites, and gap year students are encouraged to apply as long as they meet the age requirements.  

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) offers merit-based scholarships to study one of seven critical foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, and Turkish. The NSLI-Y program is designed to immerse participants in the cultural life of the host country, provide formal and informal language practice, and spark a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures. The application deadline for summer 2016 and academic year 2016-17 programs is October 29, 2015.

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program offers merit-based scholarships to spend an academic year in countries that may include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Thailand, and Turkey. This program increases understanding between people in the United States and people in countries with significant Muslim populations. Students live with host families, attend local high schools, do community service, and complete a capstone project. Applications for academic year 2016-17 programs are due December 1, 2015.

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) offers merit-based scholarships for an academic year in Germany. The program was established in 1983 to celebrate German-American friendship based on common values of democracy. Students live with host families, attend local schools, and participate in community life in Germany. For more information and application deadlines, visit the organization in charge of recruitment for your state at. Deadlines for U.S. applicants range from December 1, 2015 to January 15, 2016, depending on state of residency.

For more information on exchanges sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit www.exchanges.state.gov or watch this video about U.S. high school student exchanges. To receive printed brochures and/or posters about study abroad opportunities, send an email with your request to youthprograms@state.gov. For information on having an international experience without leaving home, consider hosting a Department of State- sponsored exchange student. Learn more at hosting.state.gov.
Brandon Tensley, 2012-2013, Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Germany, writes in the Fulbright Student Program Blog about his distinct experience abroad as a "black man from the American South." "Winning a Fulbright grant gave me a peerless opportunity to create space where, for many reasons, there hasn’t traditionally been space for someone who looks like me," writes Tensley. "Germany is a country in the midst of becoming more culturally and racially diverse, and one of the many high notes of my time there was trying to dissect how this sort of diversity plays out in different ways in different countries."

Study Abroad

IIE’s iiepassport.org site has been a principal resource for students and practitioners in the study abroad field for more than 10 years. Providing the most comprehensive directories of study abroad opportunities, IIEPassport helps connect students with institutions, programs and funding sources around the world. The online database features detailed descriptions of international sponsors, programs and scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study, plus doctoral and postdoctoral research. Moving forward, iiepassport.org will be critical to IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative, which seeks to double U.S. study abroad participation by the end of the decade.

IIE also offers affordable and effective opportunities to further promote your organization. With questions, please contact iiesupport@naylor.com.



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