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Why has placing displaced students and scholars in universities outside Syria proven so difficult? An article in The Atlantic outlines what IIE President Allan E. Goodman refers to as a "witches brew of things we’re working against," including the unusually high expense per student, applicants with missing documents, and lack of existing mechanisms within governments and universities. Despite these challenges, the article lists several champions, including the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and IIE’s Syria Consortium. "Every time we get a [single] student [placed] here we think of it as a victory," said Goodman.
New data from the Open Doors® Report on International Educational Exchange will be released on Monday, November 16, 2015, and the new data will be published on the Open Doors website on that day. Open Doors provides the most comprehensive data and analysis available on international students studying in the U.S. and Americans studying abroad. It is published annually by the IIE in partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Visit Open Doors FAQ for information on what is in the report and where to find related data.  You may issue a press release or publish your institution’s ranking and results beginning on November 16th. As a benefit of IIENetwork membership, members will have special advance access to selected data on November 12th so they can prepare their own communications in advance of the embargoed release date.

November 16 marks the start of International Education Week, a joint activity of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education. We recommend that campuses work with their media relations offices to highlight their international activities, including hosting international students and helping U.S. students to study abroad.
IIE’s International office in New Delhi recently marked its 10th anniversary with a roundtable on internationalization in higher education, followed by a dinner for local stakeholders who have been touched by the programs IIE develops and administer from an India base. At this event IIE also released "Ten Years—Ten Stories," featuring remarkable fellows and participants from India. Representing the length and breadth of India, these stories highlight the sheer determination, passion, and extraordinary desire of ordinary individuals to be the change that they wish to see in the world.

IIE Blog: A Gateway to India

IIE President Allan Goodman remarks about the rapid, and peculiar, growth of India and how the higher education sector is responding. "Within two decades, more than 140 million people in India will be college age—greater than any other country," writes Goodman. "If the government is to meet its target to enhance gross enrolment ratio in higher education by 30 percent by 2020, some 14 million seats in university will have to be created."

Fourth graders in the Bronx participate in a virtual exchange with a Fulbright English-teaching assistant in Macau, China—one example of how many middle and high school teachers are advocating for study abroad in their classrooms. — Education Week

These students—from Saudi Arabia, India, China, South Korea, Nigeria and more than 40 other countries—had hundreds of choices, and they chose University of Michigan campus in Flint. The question, of course, is why. — New York Times

While Cuba’s rapidly growing tertiary links have already brought in more international students, it may not truly become a hub until its technology, communication, and university teaching quality better match those of its neighbors in the region. — ICEF Monitor

IIE Scholar Rescue Fund’s James King remarks on the education crisis in Syria, "To ignore that intellectual capital is to the peril of Syria and the Middle East as a whole. That expertise will be essential to rebuilding Syria one day." —  SciDev.Net
Deadline for Submission: November 23, 2015 | Contact

IIE is currently accepting article submissions for the Spring 2016 issue of IIENetworker magazine on "Faculty-Driven Internationalization." The purpose of this issue of IIE’s biannual magazine is to examine innovative ways faculty can drive internationalization efforts on campus, including leading short-term student international experiences; initiating international research collaborations and publications; creating internationally-focused curricula; participating in programs abroad such as faculty exchanges, training programs, etc.; employing new technology (virtual, social media); and incorporating their own international experiences into their teaching. 

This issue will also feature articles from administrators and other higher education professionals on how colleges, universities, governments, and other organizations worldwide encourage and support faculty engagement in internationalization through: grants and funding opportunities, tenure policies, administrative and support structures, strategic planning, government policies that support cross-border collaboration, host institution policies to attract international faculty, and policies and programs for retaining faculty after an international experience, e.g. re-entry programs.
Articles should be approximately 1200 words. Please address all expressions of interest and inquiries to Jon Grosh at jgrosh@iie.org.
In the recent IIENetworker magazine, Harvard instructor Eduardo Contreras Jr. traces the evolution of international education during the last 100 years. He categorizes this evolution into three periods: experimentation, expansion, and integration. "Contemporary practitioners can learn a great deal from the history of international education," writes Contreras. "The question of whether international education has reached its potential remains tantalizingly unanswered."

Events & Deadlines
Application Deadline: December 8, 2015 | Read More | Contact

Universities in Africa and African-born academics in the United States and Canada can now apply for funding to take part in joint projects as part of the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP). Carnegie Corporation of New York has announced a renewal grant to IIE that aims to support 140 collaborative projects in 2016 and 2017, building on the success of the first two years of the program. Project requests from universities and applications from scholars are due by December 8, 2015, and projects can begin as early as May 2016. The CADFP Advisory Council seeks applications for innovative projects, and specifically encourages projects that involve collaboration among multiple institutions or from groups of faculty who are addressing related topics.
December 2-3, 2015, in London | Early Registration Deadline: October 31, 2015 | Contact

This event, organized by Observatory on Borderless Higher Education (OBHE), will take on some of the opportunities and complexities of higher education in the 21st century. In line with the Observatory’s broad remit, the event pays attention to interlocking trends often treated in isolation, such as online learning, international student pathways and transnational higher education. This event is recommended for institutions and policymakers seeking new insights into the promise and pitfalls of the new higher education landscape, from UK and international perspectives.
Study Abroad
Application Deadline: December 1, 2015 | Read More | Contact 

The IIE-AIFS Foundation Generation Study Abroad Enrichment Grants Program recognizes U.S. secondary-level teachers who have shown to be outstanding advocates for study abroad. The program is a professional development opportunity for teachers who have taken the Generation Study Abroad pledge to prepare their students for global citizenship and study abroad. Fifty enrichment grants of $1,000 each are available to secondary school teachers and administrators to conduct any learning activity in the United States or abroad that enhances their international outlook and global experience.

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.
Proposals Due: November 20, 2015, 5:00 PM EDT | Download Request for Proposals | Contact
Informational webinar: October 30, 2015, at 2:00–3:00 PM EDT | Register

The Institute of International Education, on behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ EducationUSA Advising Network, invites accredited U.S. post-secondary educational institutions (non-profit and for-profit), U.S. higher education associations, university systems, consortia, and qualified entities that meet provisions in IRS section 26 USC 501(c)(3) to submit proposals to be a Partner Organization for the third round of EducationUSA Leadership Institutes. Partner Organizations will develop and manage one of three EducationUSA Leadership Institutes for approximately 15 mid- to upper-level foreign college or university administrators, Ministry of Education or other government officials, or other qualified participants from select countries and world regions. The Institutes consist of intensive, short-term academic programs that provide participants with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. higher education, develop the tools necessary to build capacity within their own systems, and engage with the U.S. higher education sector in effective, sustained ways. 

Applicants are invited to submit proposals to host one of the following Institutes. Each proposed Institute must address only one of the following topics:
  • U.S. Graduate Education: Organization and Internationalization 
  • U.S. Higher Education and Industry/Private Sector Linkages
  • Campus Internationalization: Structures that Support Student Mobility



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