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Early Registration: January 8, 2016 | Register Online | Contact

The Institute of International Education (IIE) invites you to the IIE Best Practices Conference "Lead your Campus to the Top: Best Practices in Internationalizing the Campus" on Friday, March 11, 2016 at the University of California, Davis. 

Please register early, as registration is limited to space capacity. IIENetwork members receive a registration discount.

This event will cover many exciting keynote, plenary, and session themes, and will feature high-level experts, including presidents, provosts, and international education administrators from institutions around the world. In addition, a special awards portion of the conference will honor the winners of the 2016 IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education. We also invite you to attend the optional pre-conference roundtable discussions and a networking reception on March 10.

Best Practices Conference on Friday, March 11, 2016. Conference sessions will feature best practices in the following areas:
  • Strategic Planning for Comprehensive Internationalization
  • Best Practices in Expanding Participation in Study Abroad
  • New Strategies for Global Engagement and Partnerships
Pre-Conference Concurrent Roundtable Discussions and Networking Reception on Thursday, March 10, 2016:
  • Reinventing Academic Ties: Opportunities for U.S-Iran Higher Education Cooperation
  • Models and Best Practices for Internationalization at the Community College

Rajika Bhandari, IIE’s Deputy VP for Research and Evaluation, wrote a powerful commentary piece published by Times Higher Education on the response by several U.S. governors to close their doors to Syrian refugees.

"The release of the much-awaited annual [Open Doors®] data was tragically book-ended by the terrorist attacks in Paris and by statements from several governors in the U.S. declaring that they would close the doors of their states to Syrian refugees because one of the Paris attackers posed as a refugee. This short-sighted reaction is a sad reminder of what happened in the U.S. after 11 September 2001, when one of the 19 terrorists had entered the US on an F-1 student visa. .... If state governors back then had closed their academic doors to international students because of a misplaced fear that all international students were potential terrorists, then the very fabric of US higher education would have been radically altered from the globally competitive, world-class higher education system that we know today." 

Read Bhandari’s complete essay in Times Higher Education, outlining the positive impact that hosting international students has on our nation and our world, and what might have happened if the United States had ceased to welcome international students to its shores.
A resolution was introduced at University of Southern California to support Syrian students and scholars by joining the IIE Syria Consortium, reported in a student newspaper. — Daily Trojan

While China sent the largest number of students, much attention has been given to the rising numbers of students coming from India. — University World News

BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) signed a far-reaching agreement on cooperation in education that includes joint research and more collaboration on postgraduate training and co-publishing. — University World News
The print edition of Open Doors® 2015: Report on International Educational Exchange is now available for pre-order. Produced with support from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Open Doors provides a longstanding, comprehensive statistical analysis of academic mobility between the United States and the nations of the world. 
The Open Doors report features graphic displays, especially data maps, tables, figures, and to-the-point policy-oriented analysis. A complete set of tables in this book is the essential resource for those concerned with the explosive growth in the worldwide movement of students around the globe. The new Open Doors data was released online during International Education Week; for more information, visit www.iie.org/opendoors.

Pre-Order Open Doors 2015 (orders ship February 2016)
Julia Hendrickson, the WES Program Director at IIE’s Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives, and Amy Parente, WES Program Officer, discuss how WES supports women entrepreneurs in Tunisia who are contributing to their local economies and improving their communities. "Through the WES Center, Zina Ammar learned how to manage her business finances, develop a business plan, and communicate better with clients," write Hedrickson and Parente. "She also gained access to a network of other women entrepreneurs with whom she could share ideas and gain support."

Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators provides data from around the world on the output of educational institutions; the impact of learning across countries; the financial and human resources invested in education; access, participation and progression in education; and the learning environment and organization of schools. The 2015 edition introduces more detailed analysis of participation in early childhood and tertiary levels of education. The report also examines first generation tertiary-educated adults’ educational and social mobility, labour market outcomes for recent graduates, and participation in employer-sponsored formal and/or non-formal education. 

Events & Deadlines
December 16, 2015, at 1:30 PM CST | Register Online | Contact

The U.S. Department of State's Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program would like to invite you to the second webinar in our Gilman Web Symposium Series for the 2015-2016 academic year, "The Multiplier Effect, Gilman Alumni Impact through Follow-on Service Projects" on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 1:30pm CST. 

This online forum, moderated by the Gilman Program will bring together Gilman campus advisors and alumni who have successfully worked together to expand awareness of study abroad on their campus. Advisors will discuss the impact of working with study abroad alumni to conduct outreach on campus and the effectiveness of mobilizing study abroad alumni, especially with limited staff. We will also hear from two Gilman Scholarship Alumni who will share their experiences of how they utilized their Gilman Follow-on Service Project as a way to create the "multiplier effect" to encourage others to study abroad on their campus and/or community.

Stay tuned to the Gilman Program's Webinars & Workshops page at www.iie.org/gilman for future announcements of scheduled web symposium topics. You can also find recordings and transcripts of previous Web Symposiums on this page. 

The Gilman International Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).  The Gilman Program aims to diversify the kinds of U.S. undergraduate students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go. 
Submission Deadline: January 15, 2016 | Read More | Contact

Qatar Foundation, under the leadership of its Chairperson, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser established the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in 2009. WISE is an international, multi-sectoral platform for creative thinking, debate and purposeful action. 

The 2016 WISE Awards will identify, celebrate, and promote six innovative projects for their positive contribution to education and society. The Awards highlight initiatives found to be most creative and effective in finding solutions to education challenges at any level and in all environments. In bringing forward these models, WISE is helping build a network of recognized change-makers to inspire change in education. Representatives of projects are invited to submit applications to demonstrate the nature and reach of their activities. Nominations of projects are also invited. Past winning projects have addressed a wide range of concerns and pursuits, including access to quality education, life-long learning opportunities, and the use of technology.
April 25-26, 2016, New York, NY | CFP Deadline: February 1, 2016 | Contact

The SUNY Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Center's annual conference is the leading international event in the field and brings together 350+ professors, international programs staff, instructional technologists, and university and college administrators from SUNY, across the U.S. and around the world to share innovative models and best practices. The year's conference agenda will include sessions from both invited speakers as well as those resulting from the international call for presentations.
July 13–15, 2016, Boston, MA | Proposal Deadline: February 15, 2016

The University of Minnesota’s Learning Abroad Center and CAPA The Global Education Network will co-host a conference, "Minding the Gap: Career Integration Strategies for Educators and Employers" in Boston, MA. International educators, career service and employer relations professionals, faculty, student service professionals, recruiters, employers, and industry leaders will share best practices and innovations within the fields of education abroad and career services. There are different ways to participate: by registering as a participant, by becoming a sponsor, and by sharing your expertise as a presenter.  

Following the conference, the Learning Abroad Center and CAPA will welcome article submissions highlighting information and sessions from the conference, as well as essays or articles focusing on the impact of experiences abroad on careers. This will build upon the first publication titled Career Integration: Reviewing the Impact of Experience Abroad on Employment I.
Study Abroad
Save the Date: October 23-25, 2016 | Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC 

Be part of the Generation Study Abroad movement. Discover and share solutions on reaching our shared vision. Make connections and form new partnerships. 

Generation Study Abroad has built momentum. Open Doors 2015 showed a positive growth in study abroad, but more is needed to achieve our ambitious goal. The Summit will be an opportunity to explore tools, exchange actions, and experiment with new approaches to increase and diversify study abroad. 

Coming Soon: Call for Proposals. Registration will open in March 2016.
Application Deadline: January 11, 2016 | Read More & Apply | Contact

The Center for International Partnerships at IIE is excited to announce the opening of the application period for the 2016 International Academic Partnership Program: Brazil.

In recent years, Brazil has grown to become one of the top destinations for international academic exchange. With the momentum built from the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, Brazil is poised to increase institutional linkages with U.S. institutions. This year’s program is meant to explore opportunities for partnership beyond the BSMP. All types of institutions, including those without a history of hosting BSMP students, are encouraged to apply. This year’s delegation to Brazil will be, in part, hosted by the Brazilian Fulbright Commission, and the trip will coincide with the FAUBI conference in Fortaleza this April. There will also be an informational webinar for those interested in learning more about this year’s program held on December 8th, 2015, at 12:00 PM EDT.



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