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Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
Application Deadline: March 31, 2016 | Read More | Contact

The IIE Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) is honored to partner with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation on its launch of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative. With funding available beginning in summer 2016, the Initiative will allow up to 20 scientists and scholars who are under threat from political persecution and war to continue their research for two to three years at German universities and research institutions. IIE-SRF will provide partnering institutions with assistance in identifying and evaluating candidates, pre- and post-arrival advice, and transition support for scholars going off the fellowship. In addition, IIE-SRF will collaborate with the Humboldt Foundation and Scholars at Risk to organize events for German universities, with IIE-SRF in particular aiming to convey best practices in scholar rescue to German institutions. The launch of the Phillip Schwartz Initiative comes at a critical time when scholars around the world need sanctuary from persecution and violence more than ever.
Illinois newspaper Journal Star interviewed several Syrian students attending Monmouth College, an IIE Syria Consortium member that has become "something of an academic refuge for 20 young Syrians whose lives—and educations—have been interrupted by civil war." One student, Shammas, troubled by the lack of public empathy about Syria’s crisis said that it is important to understand the similarities of people from the two countries. He told the Journal Star, "We actually had a country once, where we lived very much like people here live. We had a life, and almost in the blink of an eye, it was lost. That should be a reason for compassion, rather than fear." A California professor pointed out that  young Syrians will either become productive members of the societies where they settle or the building blocks of a new Syria.
The webinar explores how to articulate transferable skills gained from international exchange in a career search (e.g., in interviews, cover letters, CVs, and résumés). Moderated by Dr. Allan E. Goodman, IIE President and CEO, the webinar features a discussion with Susan Riehl, an experienced Recruiter at IIE. In addition, a Fulbright and Gilman alumna, Alyssa Surina, shares her insights. The webinar recording is part of a new webinar series for IIE-administered program alumni and friends. IIE has also created a comprehensive career development publication that offers guided evaluations, interview tips, and résumé and cover letter examples to help program returnees articulate skills acquired abroad in a career search.

IIE Senior Program Officer Sabeen Altaf discusses engineering education and ways educators are building multi-sector, international partnerships to better prepare students for the engineering workforce. In partnership with DAAD in New York City, Altaf recently organized this year’s Colloquium on International Engineering Education, which explored how industry interests align with academic and research interests, ways to scale a program and measure its success, the role of language, and many other topics. 

Events & Deadlines
Application Deadline: February 15, 2016 | Learn More | Contact

NAFSA’s Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community welcomes nominations for the 2016 Innovative Research in International Education Award. This award celebrates innovative research that has made impact on theory and/or practice in the field of international education.
March 1, 2016, in London, UK | Registration Deadline: February 29, 2016 | Contact

Dr. Allan Goodman, IIE President and Chief Executive Officer will speak at the International Higher Education Forum 2016. Now in its fourth year, the International Higher Education Forum will provide expert insights through access to the most experienced sector professionals, government and partner organizations and senior overseas representatives. Delegates at the forum will hear about the latest global developments and consider how best to implement strategies to take advantage of the opportunities that they present or deal with the threats that come with them. The forum, organized in partnership between Universities UK and the UK Higher Education International Unit, will deal with issues at the very forefront of international higher education.
From launching the Fulbright Arctic initiative and Fulbright Millennial Trains Project to strengthening our partnerships with community colleges and celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 2015 was a great year for the Fulbright Program. View more of this year’s highlights:

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
Letter of Commitment Due January 15, 2016 | Read More | Contact

The IIE-led Generation Study Abroad initiative is going into the new year with 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.
Application Deadline: March 15, 2016 | Read More | Contact

The U.S. Department of State Office of Global Educational Programs, U.S. Study Abroad Branch and the Partners of the Americas are offering 17 Capacity Building Grants for U.S. Undergraduate Study Abroad (up to $50,000 each), which will further the mission of the U.S. Study Abroad Branch by increasing the participation and diversity in study abroad through enhancing higher education institutions' capacity to send their students overseas for academic credit, internships, or other experiential learning opportunities. Through capacity building grant projects, U.S. institutions will receive initial funding to establish or expand study abroad offerings within their institution in a strategic manner.
Application Deadline: January 10, 2016 | Read More | Contact

The German University Alliance (GUA) is the joint North American liaison office of Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU). The consortium invites applications to fill the position of the Director (Full-time) of the liaison office in New York City. GUA strengthens and expands academic bonds between FUB and LMU and their partner institutions in North America. It serves as a gateway for students, researchers, faculty and/or anyone interested in FUB or LMU. It promotes and supports LMU and FUB’s mission in the United States and Canada by providing a base for research collaborations, student recruitment, alumni relations, scholarly conferences, and other activities.



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