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A feature in the Chronicle of Higher Education highlights the Fulbright Program and lists the Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Scholars and Students—those institutions in each Carnegie Classification that had the highest numbers of their U.S. students (primarily recent graduates) and scholars (faculty, researchers and administrators) who received Fulbright grants for the current academic year. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, and the Top Producing schools are announced each year by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The feature article, Fulbright Seeks More Diverse Pool of Scholars and Students, focuses on the Fulbright Program’s efforts to diversify the students and scholars who participate in the prestigious exchange program, noting that "during the past 10 years, the State Department has been successful in increasing the participation of black people and other underrepresented minorities in both its scholar program, which provides grants primarily to academics, and its student program, which awards grants to recent college graduates, master’s and doctoral students, and young professionals." Mala Adiga, the Department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Academic Programs, said in a statement to The Chronicle, "We want to send the message to all students and scholars that Fulbright encourages your interest, and that we’re committed to promoting diversity in the program for the long term. We believe that individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, who have the talent and commitment to succeed, should have an opportunity to expand their knowledge of the world as Fulbrighters."

Congratulations to all those institutions whose scholars and students received Fulbright grants this year and especially to those listed in this year's top producing lists. The institutions that had the highest number of students who received Fulbright U.S. Student awards for 2015-2016, by Carnegie Classification, are: Harvard U. (Research Institutions), Saint Edward's University (Master’s Institutions), Pitzer College (Bachelor’s Institutions), and Princeton Theological Seminary (Specialized Institutions). The institutions that had the highest number of faculty who received grants from the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Programs are: Arizona State University at Tempe (Research Institutions), Eastern Michigan University (Master’s Institutions), Bucknell University (Bachelor’s Institutions), Northern Virginia Community College (Community Colleges), and University of California at San Francisco (Specialized Institutions). Visit the Chronicle of Higher Education online to see this special coverage of the Fulbright Program. To view the full list of Fulbright Scholars for 2015-2016, visit the Fulbright U.S. Scholar and Fulbright U.S. Student websites.

We would like to thank the Fulbright Scholar Campus Representatives and Fulbright Program Advisers for their efforts to promote the program and assist students and faculty on their campuses. To find out details on your campus's involvement with the Fulbright Scholar Program, please contact Peter Vanderwater; for details regarding the Fulbright Student Program, please contact Schuyler Allen.

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 the Fulbright website.
International Student Census Deadline: Thursday, March 3, 2016 | Complete Survey Online
U.S. Study Abroad Survey Deadline:  Thursday, March 10, 2016 | Complete Survey Online

The compilation of data published in Open Doors is only possible with the assistance of international education and other higher education professionals at accredited institutions throughout the United States who voluntarily provide their data for aggregate reporting in Open Doors. If your institution does not currently participate in the surveys or needs to update contact information, please contact us at iieresearch@iie.org or fill out our Update Contact Form and we will gladly add your institution to IIE’s Open Doors database.

Open Doors is the key resource on international students and scholars in the United States, and U.S. students studying abroad. The Open Doors report is published by the Institute of International Education. IIE has conducted an annual statistical survey of the international students in the United States since 1919, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since the early 1970s. For more information and to access data highlights, visit our website at www.iie.org/OpenDoors.  

A recent study by the Institute of International Education and the Freie Universität Berlin reveals that the main impact of strategic international partnerships is in increased visibility, raised profile, better brand recognition, better positioning (including rankings), and increase in reputation with regard to both research and teaching quality. This survey is the first to delve deeply into the topic of strategic academic partnerships to find out what motivates institutions to enter into them, how they are managed, and what the impact is on their institutions.

This survey report is included in IIE’s latest publication, Global Perspectives on Strategic International Partnerships: A Guide to Developing Sustainable Academic Linkages (March 2016), produced in partnership with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The second in the Global Perspectives series, this book takes an in-depth look into strategic institutional linkages from a host of vantage points, providing readers with critical case studies, practical advice, theoretical background, and good practices for developing successful partnerships. Authored by practitioners from around the world, this publication pushes the global dialogue surrounding institutional partnerships to focus on what makes a partnership strategic, how long-term partnerships are managed, and what underlying tenets should guide those seeking to initiate or improve their strategic partnerships. It includes:

    • Results from a global survey on strategic international partnerships
    • In-depth case studies of long-term, successful strategic partnerships
    • Guidance for initiating, expanding, evaluating, and terminating relationships
    • New models for addressing ethics, culture, and mutual benefit 
    • Recommendations for partnership paradigms in international development

This publication is edited by Clare Banks, Institute of International Education (IIE), and Birgit Siebe-Herbig and Karin Norton, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The "Global Perspectives" series is a joint effort by IIE and DAAD to explore current international education policy issues from a global lens. This book will be released at IIE’s Best Practices Conference, hosted by the University of California, Davis on March 10-11.

It is our pleasure to announce the publication of two new Research and Innovation Grants Working Papers produced under IIE’s Democracy Fellows and Grants (DFG) program, funded by USAID. 

Legitimacy Deficits in Colombia's Peace Talks: Elites, Trust, and Support for Transitional Justice—produced by Georgia State University researchers Ryan E. Carlin, Jennifer L. McCoy, and Jelena Subotic—examines how public perceptions of justice for war crimes vary across Colombia, and how those perceptions can be influenced to achieve a sustainable, negotiated peace as Colombia moves forward from the peace deal reached in September 2015.
Value for Money in Purchasing Votes? Vote-buying and Voter Behavior in the Laboratory—produced by researchers Jessica Leight at Williams College, Rohini Pande at Harvard University, and Laura Ralston at the World Bank—examines how vote-buying influences voter decisions in the ballot box and voter willingness to tolerate other corrupt behavior of the vote-buying politician.

These papers are the first of several in the DFG Research and Innovation Grants Working Papers Series, which is part of USAID’s work to bring the very best theory, evidence, and practical guidance to inform strategic planning and project design in the democracy, human rights, and governance sector. More papers in this series will be published throughout 2016, and made available on the USAID Democracy Fellows and Grants Program’s website throughout 2016. The Institute of International Education (IIE) manages USAID’s Democracy Fellows and Grants Program under a five-year cooperative agreement with USAID’s Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG Center).
Events & Deadlines
Application Deadline for Summer 2016: March 1st (student application deadline) and March 8th (adviser deadline)

The online application for the Freeman-ASIA scholarships is open for the summer 2016 competition cycle. Freeman-ASIA provides financial support to U.S. undergraduate students, who are citizens and permanent residents, for study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Eligible applicants will be recipients of need-based financial aid, and will be planning to enroll in a credit-bearing study abroad program in East or Southeast Asia for the summer, fall, or academic year. 
April 12, 2016, 10:00–11:00 AM EST | Register | Contact

Join us for a live global discussion where you will gain practical information to help you improve your recruitment results in the US. The discussion will cover recruitment for both study abroad and full degree programs, touching on everything from planning to follow-up for this unique market. The focus of this Generation Study Abroad webinar is to provide helpful tools and advice to the international partner audience, though all are welcome to participate. Please also forward this to your own international partners or others who you feel may benefit from this information. Register now if you are interested in the topic! Even for those who may be unable to attend the live webinar, a link to the recording will be shared with the full registration list within 24 hours of the event. Featured Speaker: Megan Brenn-White, The Brenn-White Group.
April 7, 2016 │ Boston, MA │Read More | Request an Invitation 

Goodwin Procter is pleased to present this event created specifically to address issues faced by trustees, officers and in-house counsel at colleges, universities and research institutions.
Helen Drinan, President of Simmons College is a keynote speaker and will discuss how Simmons College has used technology and a for-profit partner to expand its markets and reputation in her presentation, How a Small College Plays in the Big League: Using Unorthodox Tools for Growth and Brand Expansion.
The program will open with a session on Campus Safety Issues where you will hear how various stakeholders work together at their institutions to promote campus safety and well-being. Featured panelists include the General Counsel of UMass, Captain of the MIT Police and Dean of Students from Colby College. The program will also include interactive breakouts led by industry experts and thought leaders on the topics below.
   • International Operations
   • Negotiating, Accepting and Modifying Restricted Charitable Gifts 
   • False Claims Act and Whistleblower Risks and Defenses 
   • Selected Wage and Hour Issues

The fourth iteration of ACE's Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses survey was sent to chief academic officers/provosts on February 9. Conducted every five years, Mapping assesses the current state of internationalization at American colleges and universities, analyzes progress and trends over time, and identifies future priorities. It is the only comprehensive source of data and analysis on internationalization in U.S. higher education.

Institutional participation is crucial to the success of Mapping, and to ACE's ability to provide accurate, up-to-date information. Please confirm with your provost that s/he received the survey, and encourage prompt completion.  
Priority Application Deadline: March 14, 2016 │Read MoreContact

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln seeks applications and nominations for an innovative leader, strategic thinker, and change agent for the position of Associate Vice Chancellor for International Engagement and Global Strategies. The Associate Vice Chancellor will serve as the campus Senior International Officer and reports to the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.  



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