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This month, leading science and tech companies in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley are hosting nearly 100 women who are emerging tech leaders from 19 countries in Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East for an intensive program of project-based mentoring and professional networking. These extraordinary women have come to the United States to take part in TechWomen—a program that empowers women for leadership in their fields and their societies. TechWomen, launched in 2011 by the U.S. Department of State, is implemented by IIE’s San Francisco-based Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives.

Deadline: October 26, 2015 | Complete Survey Today | Contact
Once again, our group of higher education associations is jointly surveying its members/member institutions to gather data comparing this fall’s international student enrollments with last fall’s. The partner organizations are: American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), American Council on Education (ACE), Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), Institute of International Education (IIE), and NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

The purpose of this survey is to obtain quick and early feedback on enrollment trends so far this academic year (starting in Fall 2015). By sharing this information (in aggregate form) with the international education community and the media, we hope to develop a wider understanding among the press, the general public, and policy makers at state and national levels, about how higher education institutions continue to be affected by the various factors which impact international enrollments.

If you do not yet have final fall registration figures, we ask that you provide your best early estimates. All institutional-level responses will be anonymous and only aggregate numbers will be shared. We ask for your contact information only to insure that no more than one reply is received per institution, and to facilitate follow up if there are any questions. 

If you are not the best contact for this survey, please forward it to another colleague on your campus who may be able to complete it.
"Someday, [conflict in Syria] will be over. And hopefully there will be an army of educated young Syrians ready to rebuild their country – even if Palmyra is gone," writes Jabeen Bhatti, a recent attendee of a conference in Turkey on "Strengthening Delivery of Higher Education to Refugees." — USA Today

In the new Sustainable Development Goals, education is a stand-alone goal, and higher education gets a mention. — University World News

The government has introduced a variety of funding and policy initiatives in support of this goal, including easing visa restrictions for foreign graduates, increasing employment supports, and expanding the country’s base of English-taught programs. — ICEF Monitor

When study abroad opportunities speak directly to career goals and on-campus interests, men seem to respond in greater numbers. — Washington Post
IIE President Allan Goodman reflects on the refugee crisis in Europe and the current support from Germany and its universities. "The regional crisis is causing people to flee not only bombs but circumstances where their kids will have neither school nor work," writes Goodman. "Some think this may be the first mass migration refugee crisis caused as much by the desire for education as for safety."

In the recent IIENetworker magazine, Aryn Baxter looks at the peacebuilding potential of international exchange by examining the education experiences of youth from post-conflict Rwanda on two U.S. campuses. "International learning experiences not only contribute to redefining identities and relationships among program participants," writes Baxter, "students’ learning experiences are also shaped in profound ways by a shared history of identify-based conflict."

Events & Deadlines
Deadline: October 30, 2015 | FLTA Interest Survey | Contact

The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education, is interested in hearing from U.S. colleges and universities about their language goals for AY 2016-17. The FLTA Program enables young educators to refine their teaching skills, increase their English language proficiency and extend their knowledge of the cultures and customs of the United States. FLTAs engage in non-degree studies at accredited post-secondary U.S. educational institutions while assisting in foreign language departments. For additional information on the Fulbright FLTA Program or to have your contact details added to the program’s distribution list, please contact fltaevents@iie.org.
Scholarship Application Deadline: February 9, 2016 (on-campus deadlines vary)
Fellowship Application Deadline: January 28, 2016 (on-campus deadlines vary)

The applications for the 2016-2017 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at www.borenawards.org. Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations. Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Hindi, Mandarin, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. The Boren Awards are initiatives of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and are administered by the Institute of International Education.
Application Deadline: November 12, 2015 | Read More | Contact

The J. Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange Initiative (Stevens Initiative) is a multilateral private-public partnership designed to increase people-to-people exchange between youth in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa, as a lasting tribute to the legacy of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.
The Stevens Initiative has launched an award competition to fund virtual exchanges that equip young people in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa to communicate with respect and understanding across diverse cultures and perspectives. The competition is open to U.S. organizations that work with young people, primarily but not limited to those enrolled in secondary through post-secondary education, and that either have operated or are interested in operating cross-cultural exchanges.
Application Deadline: November 22, 2015 | Read More | Contact

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, in partnership with Kickstarter and OrgSync, have established the France on Campus Award under the patronage of film director Wes Anderson to discover, celebrate, and support initiatives that explore France in new and creative ways. The Award is intended to help student organizations eager to launch or continue a major France-related project on campus by providing a unique package of funding, mentoring and networking. With this support, awardees will be expected to expose new audiences to France and French culture on their campus and beyond.
January 25–26, 2016, in Washington, DC | Early Registration Deadline: November 1, 2015

The Washington International Education Conference (WIEC) features seminars with the latest information on international student recruitment and includes information on new and on-going scholarship programs. Pamela Barrett will speak on "What Matters Most," the strategies, activities and actions which can make the most difference in the effectiveness of an international student recruitment and global marketing initiative. The Conference includes meetings at key Embassies and sponsoring organizations, the Conference Reception and two luncheons.  Registration will close when capacity has been reached.
Korea and Japan Deadline: November 2, 2015
Germany and France Deadline: February 1, 2016

The Fulbright International Education Administrators Program provides fully funded grants for U.S. higher education administrators to participate in an intensive two-week seminar abroad. Participants learn about other countries' higher education systems, and they develop new perspectives and insights for improving internationalization opportunities on their campus.
Seminars include
  • Campus visits with a cross-section of universities and colleges
  • Briefings with faculty and administrators, government officials, and leading educational experts at public and private institutions
  • Tours of historical and cultural sites
For general inquiries, please contact Scholars@iie.org.

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
The tremendous interest in Generation Study Abroad from across all sectors at the IIE Summit demonstrates how many national and international 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. We are pleased to share the four plenaries and a few brief videos showing their perspectives on why study abroad matters




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