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Submission Deadline: April 29, 2016

As new media continues to shape today’s academic experiences, so too has it found a place in the world of international education. The idea of virtual exchange has become a reality for countless institutions around the world, and continues to gain momentum as we see how it can provide deep and interactive learning experiences. These exchanges are technology-enabled programs allowing for the sustained sharing of ideas through a people-to-people education approach. 

The reported benefits and teachings from the use of virtual exchange have been numerous. For students who may not have the ability to travel internationally, it is a gateway to another culture and helps them to succeed as global citizens in an increasingly interdependent world. In the 21st century, these cross-cultural skills are vital to personal and professional success, and virtual exchanges can connect peers across continents in an effort to achieve this shared goal. 

The purpose of this issue of the IIENetworker magazine is to delve deeper into the ever-evolving landscape of virtual exchange in order to explore, share and continue the dialogue around this emerging educational model. As we look to submissions for the upcoming issue, please consider some of the following topics: 

     •  Best practices in supporting and administering virtual exchange programs at various education levels. 
     •  Use of new and/or innovative platforms & programs to conduct virtual exchange, which may include case studies
         focusing on current or past projects and their overall impact.  
     •  A look into the changing landscape of virtual exchange and what we might expect in the years to come. Is there
        potential for this type of exchange to replace in-person programs or work alongside them? 
     •  Virtual exchange in conflict zones or in areas where traditional in-person exchange may not be feasible. 

If you are interested in submitting an article for the fall 2016 issue of IIENetworker please let us know as soon as possible. Submissions are due by April 29, 2016 and should be between 1000 and 1500 words. Address all inquiries to Courtney Lind at clind@iie.org and for more information on IIENetworker, please visit: www.iie.org/iienetworker.
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The 2016 IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad will take place on October 23-25, 2016 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. and bring education, government and business leaders and journalists together for action-oriented discussion on how to ensure international experience is a key part of a 21st century education and make study abroad opportunities available to all. It is more important than ever that U.S. students graduate with the international, intercultural, and language skills that they will need to help solve today’s global challenges. The 2016 IIE Summit is part of IIE’s Generation Study Abroad®, a five year initiative to double the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade.  Generation Study Abroad seeks to significantly increase and diversify participation by bringing higher education institutions, employers, governments, K-12 teachers, associations, and others together to build on current best practices and find new ways to extend study abroad opportunities and resources to tens of thousands of college students whose needs are not currently served by existing study abroad programs. The Summit will continue to push the envelope to change how we think and "do" study abroad as we work together to achieve our ambitious goal of doubling by the end of the decade.
1,000 diaspora scholars will be selected each year for 10 years to visit African universities for collaboration. Administered by IIE, the academic diaspora project is now being picked up as a model.

The New York Times
Revamped and expanded 147-page report includes detailed analysis of data not available online 

The print edition of Open Doors 2015: Report on International Educational Exchange, published by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in partnership with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is now available for purchase. In this enhanced and expanded report you will find a more analytical and contextualized examination of what the latest Open Doors® data tell us about academic mobility vis-à-vis the United States, whether it is student flows into and out of the United States or the inbound mobility of international scholars.

Exciting new material:
     •  Engaging maps and graphics
     •  Regional sections, which draw upon Project Atlas® to shed light on how mobility trends are unfolding in other
        parts of the world, not only between the United States and a particular region, but also between that region and
        other parts of the world.
     •  Thought-provoking thematic spotlights that range from the growing interest of U.S. students in full degree
        programs abroad, to study abroad from Minority Serving Institutions and the critical issue of the economic impact
        of international education.

Also available for purchase: a special comprehensive Open Doors research package with searchable PDF copies of the Open Doors reports from 1948-2008 on CD-ROM, plus hard copies of the print editions of the five most recent Open Doors books (2009-2015), for $195.
In the recent IIENetworker magazine, Columbia University’s Anne B. Waters gives specific advice on how to build faculty engagement in campus internationalization. In addition to encouraging faculty to pursue international grant and fellowship opportunities for research, she also advises campuses to design "programs and policies to involve faculty in the university’s international strategy at each stage of their career, from recruitment to retirement."

Events & Deadlines
Registration Deadline: May 30 | September 13-16, 2016 | Liverpool, England | More Information | Contact 

EducationUSA will host a pavilion at the European Association for International Education Conference (EAIE) and will provide space for accredited U.S. higher education institutions. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your institution and especially to build partnerships with institutions in Europe and other world regions.  With Erasmus+ funding available for short-term exchange programs, meeting colleagues from European institutions is easy at EAIE, which reaches more than 5,000 higher education professionals from over 90 countries, including 600 exhibitors.  You can choose from more than 200 sessions and workshops and about 20 networking events.
Application Deadline: May 6, 2016 | Apply | About 
The DDRA program offers doctoral students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of diverse cultures and broaden their global awareness through sustained research abroad. The Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship Program provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to deepen research knowledge and increase the study of modern foreign languages, cultural engagement and area studies not generally included in U.S. curricula. The institutional project period is 18 months. Students may request funding for a period of no less than six months and no more than 12.
Study Abroad
IIE has released a new report, The World is the New Classroom, to capture the range of Non-Credit Education Abroad (NCEA) activities that U.S. students are pursuing, and to provide tools for the higher education field to better understand how to define and track the non-credit activities their students are undertaking. NCEA activities are largely under-reported, and this study shows that students are pursuing a range of NCEA activities that go beyond non-credit work, internships and volunteer abroad (WIVA) including conducting research or field work, presenting at academic conferences, competing in athletic events, and engaging in the performing arts.To advance the discussion and help campuses to better understand and plan for these activities, IIE will hold an online discussion on defining and tracking NCEA activities on April 14, 2016.
WEBINAR: The World is the New Classroom: Non-Credit Education Abroad 
Thu, Apr 14, 2016 
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT 
University College Dublin - College of Engineering, Architecture
Deadline: April 29, 2016 | Questions and Submissions 

The International Handbook on Comparative Studies on Community Colleges and Global Counterparts series uses comparative and empirical research to explore a complex cohort of higher educational institutions. These institutions share similarities in that they serve as a niche for post-secondary students to acquire skill-sets and credentials based on an education that offers a more advanced curriculum than secondary school and serves as a local and often lower-cost pathway that gives options for university overflow. Proposals that contribute original research and that may fit into the following themes are invited: the globally structured education agenda; international partnerships; role of the institution in the world; serving/not-serving the needs of unique populations; cultural adaptations and equity issues.
If interested, please submit to Rosalind Raby by April 29, including a chapter title, author contact details, a 500-750 word description of the chapter, and 5-10 key words. Contributors will be notified of acceptance decisions by May 9, 2016 and sent chapter format and guidelines at that time.  Final chapters would be due by November 30, 2016.
Applications Deadline: May 15, 2016 | Apply 

The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies is pleased to announce the continuation of its German-American youth exchange program on the theme "Immigration, Integration, and a New Transatlantic Generation." 20 young leaders with little or no experience with transatlantic relations will come together for seminars and site visited in Washington and Berlin. This innovative program will establish new connections between communities that have grown principally from an immigration background, and address common challenges of immigration and integration. Activities include a seminar and site visits in both cities over the course of 4-5 days. Selected participants are required to attend both events, the first taking place in Washington, DC from October 16-21, 2016 and the second in Berlin from May 7-12, 2017. Travel, accommodation and most meals will be provided.  

Fluency in English is mandatory. Please send application materials including a CV, one-page letter of interest, and two letters of recommendation to Ms. Susanne Dieper.



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