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Released at the IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad, this impact report spotlights examples of Generation Study Abroad commitment partners who have made noteworthy progress to date and details what they have committed to accomplish to help double the number of U.S. students going abroad by the end of the decade. 

Highlights from the report:

More than 600 commitment partners have pledged to expand study abroad opportunities, and together they have committed $185 million in financial support over the next five years; 84 percent of the U.S. college and university partners plan to create or expand scholarships for underrepresented study abroad students, such as minority or ethnically diverse students or first generation students; and 64 percent of the U.S. institutions are increasing the number of academic programs (certificates, minors, or majors) that require or offer a study abroad component.

More than 600+ attendees from the higher education sector, corporations, U.S. and foreign government agencies, K-12, social networks, and study abroad organizations joined IIE for the inaugural IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad. The tremendous interest in the IIE Summit from across all sectors shows how many partners are inspired to take action to move us forward in our shared goal of doubling study abroad participation by the end of the decade.

You can view the Summit session presentations, videos and session outcomes will be posted by the end of this week. Relive the Summit via twitter.

News Highlights
Elizabeth Redden interviewed attendees during last week’s IIE Summit. "Employers are more interested in seeing experience in places like China, in emerging markets," said one exchange alumna. — Inside Higher Ed

IIE’s Daniel Obst, interviewed for the article, shares progress after year one of the Generation Study Abroad initiative and discusses new strategies to expand and diversify participation. — University Word News
IIE honored Dr. John Sexton, President of New York University (pictured here with Allan Goodman) and Milton Glaser, celebrated graphic designer and Fulbright alumnus (U.S. to Italy, 1952) at the IIE Gala last week. The event also featured IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative and a Scholar Rescue Fund Fellow who is the first female President of the University of Tikrit. 

Jon Grosh, IIE publications manager, discussed the Erasmus Programme with Xavier Prats Monné, former director general for Education and Culture of the European Commission. "Along with the benefit for the individual, we also have seen a strong impact on the level of internationalization of many European higher education institutions," said Prats Monné. "The program has expanded to also include staff mobility, cooperation between higher education institutions and business, and innovation in pedagogy."

The U.S.-Mexico Foundation announces the entry of Mexico into the Global STEM Alliance and the implementation in Mexico of the New York Academy of Sciences’ "1,000 Girls-1,000 Futures Program." — The Mexico Report

Funding cuts threaten the great public universities’ mission to widen access and promote excellence. But through global partnerships, a focus on global issues, and links with industry, world-class universities can continue to do both. — University World News

"If all students in low-income countries developed basic reading skills in school, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty," said Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia. — Forbes 
The 2015 edition of the publication Intensive English USA is now available for purchase and download. For more than 50 years this reference directory has been the standard IEP resource for U.S. educational advising centers worldwide including education ministries, embassies, exchange agencies, universities, and other organizations that sponsor international students in the United States. It offers over 500 intensive English language programs and courses offered by accredited U.S. higher education institutions and language schools.

The new IIE report by Leah Mason, Christopher Powers, and Seamus Donnelly of the Boren Awards for International Study explores the language gains made by U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who received Boren Scholarships and Fellowships for language study overseas between 1996 and 2011. To the authors’ knowledge, this report is, in size, the largest presentation of data on oral language proficiency development by U.S. college and university students during study abroad, and, in scope, it represents the greatest number of host countries and languages studied to date.

The Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

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.
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.
Proposal Deadline: December 4, 2015 | Learn More | Contact

IIE’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars (IIE/CIES) is pleased announce the opening of the application process for U.S. campuses to host cohorts of junior scholars from the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Iraq and the Fulbright Junior Faculty Development Programs (JFDP) for Egypt, Lebanon, and Tunisia. These programs are designed to equip scholars with the knowledge and tools needed to build the capacity of their home institutions and to advance the education of future generations. In addition, the programs lay the foundation for the junior scholars and their U.S. hosts to develop long-term institutional relationships and to identify areas of cooperation that can be sustained beyond the grant period.

IIE/CIES seeks U.S. institutions to implement the 10-week programs scheduled for June through September 2016 and invites institutions to submit a proposal to host a cohort of scholars in one of the disciplines outlined below for each program. Each cohort will include approximately four to six scholars.
IIE/CIES will host two webinars in October to discuss the programs and application process. To register for one of these webinars, please click on the date of choice: Tuesday, October 27 or Wednesday, October 28.

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. For more information, visit eca.state.gov/fulbright.
Study Abroad
  Together with the New York Times in Education, IIE asked study abroad alumni to join Generation Study Abroad and share their voices. We wanted to know how study abroad gave them an edge, and what impact it had on their lives and the world, and how using New York Times content helped them. The winning videos are by Alejandro Alba and Christine O’Dea and were announced at the IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad last week.

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