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U.S. university officials, who took part in a historic delegation to Cuba Oct 25–Nov 1 led by IIE, found that Cuban higher education officials expressed a resounding desire to develop partnerships with their U.S. counterparts. The delegation, which is part of IIE’s Cuba Higher Education Initiative, was a first step toward cultivating relationships and exploring potential areas of cooperation. The U.S. campus representatives have returned to their colleges and universities with the intent to develop strategic plans for increasing partnership activities with Cuban institutions. Expected outcomes include new study abroad programs, faculty exchange, joint conferences or symposia, joint publications, and faculty-led courses to Cuba. 

November 17, 2015, 1:00–2:00 PM EDT | Register Online

Following the recent broadening of diplomatic dialogue between the United States and Cuba, IIE invites you to attend an IIENetwork National Conference Call on Advancing U.S. – Cuba Higher Education Collaboration. This call will provide first-hand information from delegates on recent historic higher education delegations coordinated by IIE and AASCU (American Association of State Colleges and Universities) in October and September of this year, respectively. Speakers will discuss opportunities, challenges, and potential models for increasing U.S. – Cuba academic cooperation. 

Discussion Moderated by:
Allan E. Goodman, President and CEO, Institute of International Education 

Anny Morrobel-Sosa, Provost, Lehman College, CUNY
Muriel Howard, President, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
Shawn Conner, Associate Director, International Partnerships, Indiana University
Application Deadline: January 4, 2016 | Read More | Contact

The Institute of International Education announced today that the application for fellowship grants from the IIE Artist Protection Fund is now open. Threatened artists can submit application and portfolio materials until January 4, 2016, for this inaugural round of grants. Sponsored by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the IIE Artist Protection Fund provides life-saving fellowship grants to threatened artists from every field of artistic discipline or practice and places them at host universities and art centers in countries where they can continue their work in safety. Applications will be reviewed for artistic merit and the severity of the threats that the applicant faces. 
IIE is also calling on arts organizations around the world to join in this important effort. Hosts can be university arts programs and arts residencies, as well as arts centers, performing arts organizations and less traditional arts communities. Hosts will be requested to match the fellowship support, through contributions that may include housing, studio space, art supplies, and other support from their networks. If you are interested in hosting an artist through this program, please contact apf@iie.org.
Congress is currently working on an FY16 omnibus bill to fund the federal government past December 11, when the Continuing Resolution currently keeping the government running expires. As the House and Senate Appropriations Committees finalize their work on this omnibus bill, they must be reminded of the importance of strong exchanges funding in FY16. The Bipartisan Budget Act reached by Congress in late October will increase non-defense spending, which includes Department of State activities such as exchanges by $25 billion this year. Consequently, the State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittees, in charge of the exchanges appropriation, will have additional resources to allocate to priorities. Please urge Congress to ensure that State Department exchanges will be among those priorities. Many thanks for your help and for raising your voice for international exchange!

The Assistant Director, Outreach and Publicity is a new position with the dynamic Fulbright Outreach and Publicity team. This position is an exceptional opportunity for a candidate with supervisory skills and proven experience with social media marketing strategy. The Assistant Director focuses on four key areas: day-to-day management of the Fulbright Student Outreach Division; ensure that key milestones/deliverables are met internally and externally; manage two to three direct reports and respond to time sensitive ad hoc reports as requested by the sponsor or IIE senior management.

The Language Flagship is a national initiative designed to change the way Americans learn languages through a groundbreaking approach to language education for students from kindergarten through college. Started in 2002, it is an initiative of the National Security Education Program (NSEP), managed by IIE, which leads the nation in designing, supporting, and implementing a new paradigm for advanced language education. As the Program Director, you will work with the sponsor and university colleagues to identify institutions that are the best fit for the program and working with them as they implement new curricular designs.

The Pershing Square Foundation is seeking a Program Director to oversee all foundation operations under direction of, and reporting to, the CEO. The Foundation supports exceptional leaders and innovative organizations that tackle important social issues and deliver scalable and sustainable impact. It is a private family foundation based in New York, founded in December 2006 by Karen and Bill Ackman. Candidates should have at least a BA/BS, seven years of experience, and must be familiar with nonprofit finance and accounting issues and regulations. Contact: otflatto@persq.org.
As an IIENetwork member, we encourage you to take full advantage of your membership benefits by submitting content for consideration in the weekly IIE.Interactive newsletter. This newsletter reaches over 8,000 international educators worldwide with news, conference announcements, scholarship deadlines, and study abroad information. If you have action-oriented news (upcoming deadlines, new publications, career opportunities) that you believe will be of interest to IIE’s network of higher education professionals, please email Jon Grosh at jgrosh@iie.org.
Pointing out that over 50 current world leaders were educated at UK universities, the Higher Education Policy Institute in the United Kingdom argues that Britain risks losing international influence if its punitive student visa policy shuts out future leaders. — The Guardian

African-American students who study abroad are 13 percent more likely to graduate from college in four years, and it can open more doors when after graduation. — The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Australia is welcoming unprecedented numbers of international students in 2015 and changes to the visa rules will stimulate further growth, government ministers said last week. — University World News
IIE Scholar Rescue Fund’s Sophie Nye shares about a recent exhibition of work by IIE Scholar Rescue Fund alumna Jumana Jaber at a reception at IIE’s headquarters in New York City. Forced to flee her native Syria due to the conflict and intensifying religious conservatism, Dr. Jaber was supported by IIE-SRF to undertake a visiting professorship at Montclair State University from 2013 to 2015. "Her portfolio spans architecture, interior design, and the foundations of Islamic art, including pieces that explore the relationship between ancient and contemporary architecture in Syria," writes Nye.

Equipped with the right tools and advice, parents can play a significant role in enabling their children to have a valuable and affordable international experience. For this reason, IIE has translated its bestselling A Parent Guide to Study Abroad into Spanish—a language spoken in the homes of more than 38.3 million U.S. residents. The new Spanish edition and the original English version are available for purchase in bundles of 20 for $20.00 for institutions to give out to parents, or $4.95 each. It is also available for free download

Published in collaboration with the AIFS Foundation and written by three leading study abroad experts—Stacie Nevadomski Berdan, Allan E. Goodman, and William Gertz—this companion guide to A Student Guide to Study Abroad 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.

This report analyzes the array of government-initiated higher education internationalization programs and policies in place around the world. The report presents numerous policy examples and examines issues surrounding their implementation and effectiveness.

This companion piece takes an in-depth look at internationalization-related federal policies in the United States and includes recommendations to improve their effectiveness. It addresses the question of whether the United States needs a comprehensive national policy for internationalization.
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.

The online applications for 2016 Whitaker International Program awards are now open. Administered by IIE, the Whitaker International Program provides funding for biomedical engineering and bioengineering students and post-docs to conduct a field-relevant activity abroad. All students/post-docs/junior faculty who are considering a period of study or research abroad are encouraged to apply.
Application Deadline: February 1, 2016 | Learn More | Contact

Project GO (Global Officer) gives student credit and supports overseas semester or summer abroad language study for ROTC students. There are 25 higher education institutions that offer Project GO scholarships. Students receive credit from the higher education institution and, depending on the program, can receive anywhere from 6 to 12 language credit hours for their summer language study.

Project GO is an initiative of the Defense Language and National Security Education Office and administered by IIE. It provides fully funded scholarships to students commissioning through Air Force, Army and Navy ROTC to study critical languages domestically and abroad. Since 2007, Project GO has awarded scholarships to more than 3,500 ROTC students. Students can apply to study the following languages in summer 2016: Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.
Study Abroad
Letter of Commitment Due January 15, 2016 | Read More | Contact

As of November 2015, the IIE-led Generation Study Abroad initiative now includes more than 600 partner organizations, including 350 U.S. colleges and universities, and 100 from outside of the United States. Study abroad organizations and education associations as well as 14 country partners around the world have also joined. In addition, 700 K-12 teachers from 50 states have pledged to take action to encourage their students to develop a global perspective and consider studying abroad when they are in college. The initiative encourages purposeful, innovative action to get more Americans to undertake a meaningful international experience through academic study abroad programs, as well as internships, service learning, and non-credit educational experiences.

Join now to access this growing network and take advantage of the resources available to our partners. Institutions and organizations can find a downloadable letter of commitment on our website. In the menu to the left, you can select the group that best describes you. K-12 Teachers can take the Generation Study Abroad Pledge here and be eligible for $1,000 enrichment grants (Deadline: December 1, 2015).



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