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Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
Thursday, April 14 | 4:00 p.m. EDT | Register
Application Deadline May 16, 2016 | Read More & Apply Now 

Join staff from IIE, Education New Zealand (ENZ), and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) to learn more about the International Academic Partnership Program ( IAPP) . IAPP New Zealand is brought to you through a partnership with Education New Zealand, a Generation Study Abroad country partner. The program seeks to increase academic collaboration between U.S. higher education institutions and New Zealand Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs). The webinar will share why IAPP New Zealand is a unique program unlike any past partnership programs and will provide an overview of New Zealand higher education and more information about ITPs. 

IAPP New Zealand Details: 
Program Length: May 2016-November 2016
Program Fee: $6,000 USD (IIE-members), $7,000 USD (Non-members)
Application Deadline: May 16, 2016
Study Tour: August 2016
Eligibility: Accredited colleges and universities in the U.S.

The Emergency Student Fund of the Institute of International Education (IIE) has awarded grants to 52 Syrian students and 39 Yemeni students on U.S. college and university campuses who face urgent financial need due to the on-going crises in their home countries. These grants are made possible by IIE and additional funding for Syrian students from Jusoor, a non-profit organization that supports Syria’s development through education, and shares IIE’s commitment of helping students to remain enrolled in their U.S. degree programs so they will be better prepared to assist their country in the future. The Emergency Student Fund grants and other efforts to assist students from Syria access higher education were discussed at a high-level diplomatic discussion convened by IIE and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) last week at the German Mission to the United Nations in New York.
This year’s FAUBAI conference will be held in Fortaleza, Ceará, from April 16-20. More than 1,000 managers and other responsible parties for international affairs in Brazilian higher education institutions will come together with funding agencies, diplomatic missions, and international programs and organizations to discuss this year’s theme "Social Responsibility in the Internationalization of Higher Education". IIE is proud to be one of the sponsors of the event. Edward Monks, Director of University Placement, Academic and Experiential Learning and Vera Galante, IIE’s Brazil Representative, will also present a session with Rice University on: Critical Components for Successful Brazilian-US Academic Collaborations. 
With the political debate on refugees becoming heated, the idea of rescuing scholars is getting tougher, and there have been questions about the morality of offering sanctuary to professors while others are left to the mercy of traffickers. 

A non-profit based in Rwanda opened a branch in Kiziba that offers local refugees access to degree courses. 

Singapore capped international enrollment in 2011, and has since put a greater emphasis on meeting local demand.
The New York Times
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 impact.  
     • A look into the changing landscape of virtual exchange and what we might expect in the
       years to come. 
     • 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.
In the recent IIENetworker magazine, Scott Carpenter and Andrea Lanoux make the case that neither faculty nor administrators alone have the power to internationalize an institution and its culture. While faculty leadership is essential to bringing greater coordination, innovation, and vision to international education, they argue that leadership must be matched by administrators all the way up the ladder. "We must work together if we are to effect lasting institutional change," write Carpenter and Lanoux.

Events & Deadlines
Friday, April 22, 2016 | 2:00-3:00 pm EDT | Register 

This webinar will give a brief overview of the Syrian education system, the refugee crisis, and discuss issues surrounding credential assessment for refugees with limited documentation. It will also cover assessment practices from a range of countries and describe World Education Services (WES) methodology for assessing credentials held by refugees. These practices will hopefully aid institutions in their efforts to assist refugee applicants. Topics covered include: Syrian refugee crisis and what’s being done to help; an overview of the education system in Syria; WES assessment method of refugee academic documents from Syria and potential challenges; and how the educational community (e.g., academic institutions, licensing boards, school districts) can assist in the assessment process.
Deadlines: May 31, 2016 & October 17, 2016 | More information

The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU) partnership program for North America supports cooperation between Norway, USA and Canada, to develop an institutionally anchored partnership of high quality. Central objectives are increased cooperation, increased links between research and education, increased collaboration with industry/work life and increased student mobility. The current call for applications supports long-term and short-term projects, aimed at creating cooperation well beyond the project period. Cooperation with enterprises in the public and private sector are encouraged, and a minimum of half the funding will be given to projects that have this link.
     •  Long term projects can be supported by up to 2 million Norwegian Kroner over a 4 year period. Overall frame for this
        measure is 24 MNOK. Application deadline: May 31, 2016
     •  Short term projects can be supported by up to 300 thousands Norwegian Kroner over a period of 2 year. Overall
        frame for this measure is 1.7 MNOK. Application deadline: October 17, 2016
Application Deadline: August 1, 2016

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries for the 2017-2018 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. Other highlights from nearly 500 awards offered in this year’s program include:
After nearly 20 years of inactivity, universities in Sudan are eager to engage U.S. scholars in developing partnerships and reforming the quality of education across all disciplines. Sudan offers an opportunity for cutting edge research in a variety of disciplines, as well as opportunities to increase the institutional capacity of the university systems.
Now in its second year, the Global Scholar Award allows scholars the opportunity to research or teach/research in two or three countries in two or three different world regions. The award length can be from four to six months and Scholars may split the grant into two or three visits over one or two consecutive years. Projects are welcome in all disciplines, as well as those with an interdisciplinary focus. 
The Fulbright Scholar Program presents excellent opportunities for recently minted scholars to deepen their expertise, to acquire new skills, to work with additional resources and to make connections with others in their fields, all while serving as cultural ambassadors.  In addition to primary research or teaching activities, postdoctoral and early career scholars will be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host country academic community.  Postdoctoral awards are available in all fields of study, from STEM, to the arts, humanities and social sciences.  
The Fulbright-Schuman Innovation Grant is for Scholars interested in policy oriented research in one to two EU member states. Preference is given for proposals focused on EU or U.S.-EU approaches on the issues of data privacy and protection. 
Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to learn more about core Fulbright U.S. Scholar opportunities by visiting the online Catalog of Awards. The application deadline for most awards is August 1, 2016.   

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
Deadline: June 15, 2016 | More Details & Apply | Previous Winners 

IIE is pleased to announce, in partnership with The New York Times in Education, the 2016 Generation Study Abroad Voices Video Challenge. Study abroad returnees are encouraged to submit digital story submissions between 0:30 and 2 minutes long that demonstrate how study abroad gave them an edge, the impact it had on their personal or professional life, and how The New York Times content helped them navigate, enhance or make sense of their experience. Winners will receive a $1,000 cash prize, an iPad, a trip to the IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad in Washington D.C., and a video spotlight on The New York Times in Education website. Winners will also be recognized as a Generation Study Abroad Voice.

As a resource for education abroad, The Forum’s State of the Field Survey provides a reference for institutions and organizations to assess their own education abroad practices while comparing them with others in the field. The Survey may also be used in the planning of future program and resource development and expansion through the analysis of various trends and information as reported. Finally, The Forum uses the Survey to help set the agenda for identifying and creating necessary resources for the field of education abroad and providing applicable training to its members. 

Georgia State University invites nominations and applications for the position of Associate Provost for International Initiatives (APII). The APII reports to the Provost and serves as part of the provost’s executive staff. The APII will serve as the Senior International Officer for the University and provides leadership to increase Georgia State’s global impact. On campus, the APII leads the Office of International Initiatives (OII) in the strategic integration and coordination of the University’s international ventures including: partnerships, grants, program development, management, events and activities, as well as study abroad programs. Externally, the APII will represent Georgia State to international constituencies (governments, academic and research institutions, NGOs, corporations, and key private individuals) to explore and negotiate partnerships and identify new sources of funding. The University seeks a creative, entrepreneurial, and broadly experienced leader to oversee a dedicated professional staff, build on successes to date, and expand Georgia State’s global engagement and visibility. 



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