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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 in April 2016.
IIENetwork is IIE’s membership program with more than 1,400 member institutions around the world. Each IIENetwork designee is an important link in a network of over 7,000 individuals with a commitment to the internationalization of their institutions. When your institution joins the IIENetwork, you benefit from publications, access to student mobility data, and sharing best practices.

We encourage you to take full advantage of your membership benefits by using this newsletter to share information with the IIE community and highlight the important international education work you are doing. If you have any news, reports, deadlines, or relevant content that you would like to be considered for inclusion in the IIE.Interactive newsletter, please write to us at membership@iie.org.
During the course of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Summit currently taking place in Paris, IIE-Scholar Rescue Fund Fellow Nasser Karami is publishing a series of articles related to the Summit on BBC Persian. Dr. Karami, who is considered a leading expert and public intellectual in the field of physical geography and climatology, is optimistic that the 2015 Paris Summit will be more successful than the UN’s 2009 Summit in Copenhagen, which was considered widely to have made little impact. In Iran, Dr. Karami served as editor-in-chief of an environmental news network and as senior editor for an Iranian daily, where he utilized diverse scholarly and popular mediums to promote environmental conservation and sustainable development. In December 2013, Dr. Karami joined the University of Bergen, Norway as an IIE-SRF Fellow with support from the Scholars at Risk Network.
More young South Koreans are opting for education at home as students find that expensive overseas degrees no longer provide an edge in a tough job market.—Yahoo News

Why strategic partnerships are important and 10 steps for a good strategic plan— author Alvaro Romo shares an abbreviated version of a chapter that will appear in IIE’s forthcoming book, Global Perspectives on Strategic International Partnerships. — University World News

At a time when political tensions are making diplomatic relationships uneasy, the global academy is doing its part to show how higher education transcends nationality. — Times Higher Education
The Institute of International Education (IIE) has published the 2016 edition of its annual print directory Funding for United States Study: A Guide for International Students and Professionals, the print companion to IIE's online search engine www.fundingusstudy.org. With more than 800 grant and scholarship listings, Funding for United States Study is the most comprehensive directory on finding funding for study in the United States, making it an invaluable resource for advisers and international students worldwide. It features detailed descriptions of grants, fellowships, and scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study, and doctoral and postdoctoral research in the United States. 

In the recent IIENetworker magazine, Jane Knight examines the contribution that higher education can make in modern diplomacy and the potential for knowledge diplomacy. "If diplomacy essentially means ‘building and managing relations between and among countries’," writes Knight, "then knowledge diplomacy involves the ‘contribution that education and knowledge creation, sharing, and us makes to international relations and engagement’."

Events & Deadlines
Proposal Deadline: December 14, 2015 | Application and Program Details
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the IIE are pleased to announce the EducationUSA Training Institute: Essentials of Advising will take place in the winter of 2016. The EducationUSA Training Institute is an intensive training and professional development program designed to provide EducationUSA Advisers with the knowledge and skills needed to enhance their effectiveness and build professional competency. Each 2-week EducationUSA Training Institute is comprised of a Washington, DC-based workshop and an on-campus training element. 

Accredited U.S. higher education institutions are invited to submit proposals to host the on-campus portion of the Training Institute, January 31–February 6, 2016. This program will provide advisers with foundational knowledge of key topics including: structure and diversity of the U.S. higher education system; international student admissions and financial aid procedures; and an introduction to resources available to support advisers in their work. 
Request for Proposal: Groups of accredited U.S. higher education institutions are invited to submit proposals to host the on-campus portion of the EducationUSA Training Institute program.
Host Campus Responsibilities
In close collaboration with EducationUSA staff, host campuses will design and carry out the on-campus portion of the training program. Campus responsibilities include securing faculty and staff to deliver training sessions, providing on-campus meeting space and other facilities, and arranging program logistics.
Nomination Deadline: February 1, 2016 | Download Form | Contact


The Institute of International Education (IIE) is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the annual Victor J. Goldberg IIE Prize for Peace in the Middle East. The prize recognizes outstanding work being conducted jointly by two individuals, one Israeli Jew and one Arab Muslim, whether or not a citizen of Israel, working together to advance the cause of peace in the Middle East. The two individuals whose work is judged to be most successful in bringing people together and breaking down the barriers of hatred will share a $10,000 prize.

To be eligible for the Prize, at least one of the nominated individuals must be an alumna/us of any program administered by IIE, or any exchange program funded by any of IIE's sponsors and administered by another organization. Alumni of the following IIE-administered programs, among others, are encouraged to apply: Fulbright Programs, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowships, International Visitor Leadership Program (formerly International Visitor Program, or IVP), State Department Middle East Partnership Initiative, Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program, Ford Foundation Global Travel and Learning Fund, and training programs funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Fulbright alumni and alumni of the Israel Arab Scholarship Program whose grants were administered by AMIDEAST are also eligible. Similarly, individuals who came to the United States under funding from the Ford Foundation or as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program are eligible even if they were participating in a program coordinated by another organization.
6-City Tour in Brazil: April 8–17, 2016 | Registration Opens Soon | Contact

The 2016 Brazilian EducationUSA Roadshow will visit six cities across Brazil: Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Campinas, Salvador, Recife, and ending at Fortaleza, where the 2016 FAUBAI conference will be held. The registration fee for the Roadshow is USD 1,000 and includes a table at the main fair, participation in school visits, transportation to and from school visits, a list of contacts of all fair participations, and airport pick-up in selected cities. It does not include hotel accommodation and cost of airfare, but EducationUSA provides discounted rates at high quality hotels in every city, as well as a list of suggested flights to help you plan your trip. Registration will open soon; if you are interested in joining please complete this short form.
February 29–March 3, 2016, in Melbourne, Australia| Early Registration Deadline: December 10, 2015 | Contact

The APAIE Annual Conference and Exhibition is one of the most well-known forums in the Asia-Pacific region for bringing together policy-makers and education experts from around the world to improve professional skills and learn about new developments in international education. The nine local host universities, led by the University of Melbourne, will welcome distinguished guests to the 11th annual conference. The theme is "Asia Pacific—A Global Education and Research Powerhouse: New models of cooperation in research engagement and education mobility for the 2020’s."
January 25–26, 2016, in Washington, DC | Registration Open Until Full Capacity | Contact

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.
Study Abroad
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is pleased to announce the Spring 2016 awards offered. We thank the eighty selection panelists from various colleges and universities across the nation who met at the IIE office in Houston, Texas to review over 2,900 applications for the spring application cycle. More than 800 outstanding students were selected to receive the scholarship to participate in credit-bearing study abroad programs and career-oriented internships in countries all around the world.  

The Gilman International Scholarship Program is a congressionally funded program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and has been administered by the Institute of International Education since program inception in 2001. The Gilman Scholarship Program offers grants of up to $5,000 to U.S. undergraduate students of high financial need participating in a credit-bearing study abroad program or international internship eligible. Students studying a critical need language could be eligible to receive a grant of up to $8,000. The Gilman Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not consider these unique and valuable opportunities due to financial constraints. 

To view a list of selected Gilman Scholarship recipients and learn more about the program, please visit www.iie.org/gilman.
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IIE welcomes new member institutions to the IIENetwork, connecting over 7,000 individuals at more than 1,300 member institutions with a commitment to internationalization.

All new IIE members will be added to the next edition of the IIENetwork Handbook for International Educators. This resource includes comprehensive listings and resources for networking and internationalizing your campus is available online for members.

Bennington College
Membership Contact: Kate Child, Director of Int'l Student Services

Central New Mexico Community College
Membership Contact: Katherine Duquette. Administrative Coordinator

Delaware County Community College
Membership Contact: Dr. Sabuur Abdul-Kareem, Director of Int'l Programs & Partnerships

Duke Kunshan University, China
Membership Contact: Denis Simon, Executive Vice Chancellor

Herkimer College
Membership Contact: Ember Traino, Coordinator of Int'l Academic Programming

National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center
Membership Contact: Amanda Kay Ritchie, NTI Program Administrator

New Mexico Highlands University
Membership Contact: Tina Clayton, Director of Int'l Education Center

Philadelphia University
Membership Contact: Madeleine Wilcox, Manager of Int'l & Domestic Semester & Summer Study Away

Pima Community College
Membership Contact: Ricardo Castro Salazar, Vice President for Int'l Development

UNIFA (Universite de la Fondation Aristide), Haiti
Membership Contact: Erin Daly, Vice President of Institutional Development

Universidad Carlos III De Madrid, Spain
Membership Contact: Silvia Gallart Parramon, Director of Int'l Relations Office



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