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October 23-25, 2016 | Washington, DC
Early bird rate until May 1 | Register | Contact 

The 2016 IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad will take place on October 23-25, 2016 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC  to 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. 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.
Application Deadline: June 10, 2016 | Early Decision Deadline: May 13, 2016 | Contact

IIE is proud to announce the launch of the International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP) with Mexico. The program marks the first time an IAPP is open to all U.S. and international colleges and universities. With its rich cultural heritage, growing economy, and competitive higher education system, Mexico has become a destination for international academic exchange and collaboration. The Mexico Partnership Program, a component within the larger IIE Mexico Higher Education Initiative, will explore the wealth of opportunities for academic partnership with higher education institutions in Mexico, while also confronting the challenges that have faced partnership building with the country in recent years.

IIE will guide colleges and universities from around the world through the strategic planning process in order to develop a plan for increasing academic collaboration with Mexico. Participants of the program will also take part in an IIE-led delegation to Mexico City, Puebla, and Querétero in September 2016 to meet with important stakeholders from universities, government, and organizations that deal with the Mexican higher education system. Applications received by the early decision deadline will be reviewed first and applicants will receive an early decision on acceptance into the program.

A new report released by the Institute of International Education (IIE) shows that funding the post-graduate academic pursuits of emerging social justice leaders from marginalized groups leads to significant, measurable benefits for communities and organizations worldwide. The report is the first milestone in IIE’s groundbreaking 10-year study of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP). Social Justice and Sustainable Change shares the results of a 2015 survey of 1,861 IFP alumni from all 22 IFP countries. Findings from the report can be used to drive programmatic and policy decisions and shed light on research that supports the need for widening access to higher education in an effort to combat social inequality.
A recipient of the Institute of International Education’s Syrian scholarship fund, Sana Mustafa, describes her experiences since leaving Syria in 2013 and the impact that the scholarship had on her education and moving forward. 

New Study Abroad Population Inside Higher Ed 
Community colleges are looking to study abroad as a way to attract students and see them through to completion. In addition, many study abroad programs are expanding their offerings to two-year institutions. 

The African and Malagasy Council for Higher Education (CAMES) – the body responsible for accreditation in Africa’s French-speaking countries – has signed a partnership agreement with UNESCO to promote higher education quality across the continent.
The New York Times
In the recent IIENetworker magazine, University of Delaware Professor Amy Nagorski Johnson tells us how faculty and administrators worked together to internationalize her particularly challenging field of health and sciences by developing global clinical internships. "The challenge to internationalize curriculum by creating meaningful internship experiences was a process that required open dialogue across campus, support of stakeholders, and faculty with a vision of possibilities," writes Nagorski Johnson.

Clare Banks, Assistant Director of International Partnerships and IIE Initiatives discusses key points from Naureen Madhani’s chapter in the recent IIE publication Global Perspectives on Strategic International Partnerships: A Guide to Building Sustainable Academic Linkages. Banks explains how to navigate the space between two parties in a partnership and ensure equal collaboration and attribution that favors both sides, irrespective of their status or level of development and resources. "[Faculty members] created opportunities for frequent interaction with their partners by hosting them at home or, for example, accompanying them on site seeing. They were able to develop long-term relationships through a process of informal interaction. This development of trust and understanding enabled them to move their partnerships beyond good intentions to explicit articulation of shared outcomes and strategies—to a negotiated space."

Events & Deadlines

The U.S Embassy in Kazakhstan, along with EducationUSA REAC Ishrat Jahan and EducationUSA Adviser Dana Ziyabekova in Almaty, are pleased to provide an educational briefing to U.S. universities about recruiting students at the EducationUSA Tour 2016 (Oct. 8-16), as well as developing partnerships with Kazakhstan universities.
June 9-10, 2016 | Amsterdam, Netherlands | Register | More Information

The European Association for International Education will host an Interactive Spotlight Seminar in Amsterdam on June 9 & 10 on the theme "Integrating refugees into higher education: Solutions for a generation on the run." The event aims to bring to light innovative and inspiring practices from Europe, and will address key issues including innovative practices, projects, and initiatives that have been created to welcome refugees into higher education; challenges universities face when implementing and developing initiatives for refugees; and practices needed for the future and how to make these practices sustainable. The full program, which can be accessed online, includes both break-out sessions and five plenary sessions. The final registration deadline is May 23, and register by May 4 to receive the early bird discount.
May 30 – June 1st, 2016 | Algiers, Algeria |Proposal Deadline: April 30, 2016 | RegisterContact

The World Bank and Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) Program on Tertiary Education in the Middle East and Northern African (MENA) Region, and international partner organizations with the support of the Algerian Ministry of Higher Education are organizing the 5th MENA Tertiary Education Conference to be held in Algiers, Algeria. This event will bring together leaders and practitioners from tertiary education institutions, government officials, representatives of quality assurance bodies, experts and other key players with the goal of joint (and peer) learning on the issue of the role of tertiary education, better contributing to competitiveness and employability through improved governance and quality. Although the main scope of the conference is in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, active participation from institutional leaders, practitioners and experts from other parts of the world is encouraged. Proposals for conference presentations are being accepted until April 30 and can be submitted to Lea Lungmann.
The Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers over 500 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. There are many resources to help you learn more about available opportunities and design a competitive application, including:

     •  My Fulbright: Register to receive exclusive updates, application tips and information related to specific countries,
        world regions and disciplines.
     •  CIES.org: Visit the website to find the most up-to-date information about the Fulbright Scholar Program
     •  Catalog of Awards: View 2017-2018 awards, country overviews and benefits information. You many search for
        awards for world region, country, discipline or keywords.
     •  Webinars: Sign up to receive in-depth information on awards within a world region or discipline and have your
        questions answered by program staff.
     •  Workshops: View where staff will be holding campus workshops to learn more about the Fulbright Scholar

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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.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is pleased to announce the Summer 2016 awards offered. We thank the ninety-six selection panelists from various colleges and universities across the nation who met at the IIE office in Houston, Texas to review over 3,400 applications for the summer application cycle. Approximately 950 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. The Gilman Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries they go by supporting U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not consider these unique and valuable opportunities due to financial constraints.

Colleges and universities are encouraged to complete the 2016 "Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses" survey released by the American Council on Education. Conducted every five years, this survey 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 date and analysis on internationalization in U.S. higher education, and includes two- and four-year, public and private, degree-granting institutions. Contact Robin Helms with questions or to find out if your institution has completed the survey.
Deadline: May 3, 2016 | Submit an Application | Contact 
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ Institutional Award for Global Learning, Research, and Engagement recognizes a public university excelling in its efforts to drive an inclusive approach to global engagement, research, and learning at their institution and measures the impact of these efforts. The recipient of this new award will be honored and their work will be shared with other public universities as a way to continue to encourage internationalization efforts across campuses. This award recognizes a demonstrated commitment to and institutional evidence of inclusivity; research and engagement of consequence pervasiveness; and leadership and measurement. Finalists and the winner of the award will be recognized at the 2016 Annual Meeting, November 13-15, in Austin, Texas.

The New Flagship University: Changing the Paradigm from Global Ranking to National Relevancy by John Douglass provides an expansive and aspirational vision for leading national universities and an alternative narrative to global rankings and World Class Universities that dominate the attention of many universities and government ministries. The New Flagship model explores pathways for universities to re-shape or bolster their missions and academic cultures, and to pursue organizational features intended to expand their relevancy in the societies that give them life and purpose. Chapters by contributing authors detail the historical and contemporary role of leading national university in Asia, South America, Russia, and Scandinavia, and consider how the New Flagship model might be applied and expanded on.



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