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October 23-25, 2016| Washington, DC | Register | Contact

Since 1930, the Omni Shoreham Hotel has played host to presidents, world leaders and inaugural balls. What better place for the IIE Summit to take place? This year’s Summit will bring together education, government and business leaders, and journalists for action-oriented discussion on how to ensure national experience is a key part of 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. 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.

IIE’s 2015 Annual Report highlights of the global reach of the Institute in the past year. With over 200 programs in more than 185 countries, IIE continues to grow and evolve, and has to date helped to transform the lives of more than 42,000 individuals from virtually every country on the planet. The Institute’s Annual Report uses compelling data, engaging infographics and impactful stories to share with readers the work that is being done every day and how this work continues to transform the lives of students, scholars and professionals worldwide.
IIE President Allan Goodman discusses the unprecedented need for the international education sector to aid displaced Syrians and help them access higher education systems.  

The Barbados native has launched a scholarship program to help citizens or natives of Brazil, Barbados, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana and Jamaica attend college in the U.S.

I, Too, Am Study AbroadInside Higher Ed
SUNY Oswego’s "I, Too, Am Study Abroad" initiative has received praise for its effects on campus internationalization, featuring regular panels with returnee students discussing their experiences overseas.
The new council will work to implement the newly-published National Strategy for International Education, and allow the sector to be more adaptive and globally engaged.
Application Deadline: June 10, 2016 | Apply 
Shawn Patton, Program Manager of IIE’s Center for International Partnerships will be available at NAFSA to answer questions about the Mexico and Cuba partnership programs. Come visit the IIE booth #1212 on the exhibition floor or contact Shawn beforehand to setup a meeting.

Mexico Partnership Program (Open to international universities)
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. Participants of the program will also take part in an IIE-led delegation to Mexico City, Puebla, and Queretaro in September 2016 to meet with important stakeholders from universities, government, and organizations that deal with the Mexican higher education system.

Cuba Partnership Program
As relations continue to improve between the US and Cuba, opportunities for increased academic partnership are growing. President Obama's historic visit to Cuba in March 2016 further signaled an easing of tensions between the two countries, which allows for greater international collaboration going forward. The Cuba Partnership Program will draw on IIE's relationship with key stakeholders in the Cuban Ministry of Higher Education and Cuban university system, experience leading high-level academic delegations, and expertise in international partnership building to provide expert guidance on U.S.-Cuba academic collaboration. The program will include a delegation to Cuba in October 2016.
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IIE has just released a new report entitled HER Initiative to Lead Change: The Power of Education that presents the findings from a 2-year evaluation of the Higher Education Readiness (HER) pilot program in Ethiopia, which is an IIE Initiative. The HER pilot program provided secondary school scholarships to 100 female students from underserved populations in Ethiopia, with the ultimate goal of contributing to their success in secondary school and university enrollment. IIE’s Center for Academic Mobility Research and Impact measured the outcomes and impacts of the cohort of HER students against a comparison group of girls from the same schools who did not participate in HER. The report provides evidence of how a comprehensive pathway program like HER can increase high school graduation rates and matriculation to university, enhance female self-confidence and leadership abilities, and equip young women with skills necessary to succeed in life.
In the recent IIENetworker magazine, Fulbright Scholar Alumni Ambassador Brian Sajko describes his trepidations in pursuing an international grant through the U.S. State Department’s Fulbright Scholar Program in order to reassure other faculty that may be on the fence. "Logistical challenges won’t prevent you from engaging in internationalization, as long as you have the courage to ask for help," writes Sajko.

IIE’s President and CEO, Allan Goodman attended the British Council’s Annual "Going Global" conference in Cape Town, and offered his perspective on the role of higher education in today’s refugee crisis. Throughout the conference, many references were made to Shakespeare, in which Goodman said, "I note how ironic it is that the only surviving piece of paper that contains something written in Shakespeare's own hand is a scene about refugees. It is from a play (authored by someone else) about those fleeing continental sectarian violence [...] Shakespeare asks the audience to imagine what it would be like facing such conditions. Five centuries later, his words still have the capacity to remind us that we could all be refugees. Shakespeare indeed lives."

Events & Deadlines
August 2-4, 2016 | Washington, DC | Registration Deadline: July 1 | Details | Register 

The annual EducationUSA forum brings together support services professionals from accredited U.S. colleges and universities to focus on international student recruitment and enrollment. Participants will gain practical skills and explore strategies for using EducationUSA resources to improve engagement with international students and ensure their success on campus. Concurrent sessions will provide insights into regional mobility trends and recruitment tips, outline models of good practice in campus internationalization, and facilitate conversations among attendees from various backgrounds.

IIE recently held a webinar entitled Careers with the United Nations, U.S. Department of State, and International NGOs. This webinar features speakers such as John Ericson, Chief of the Outreach at the UN; Usha Pitts, Diplomat in Residence for the U.S. Department of State; Alberto Cerda Silva, Program Officer at the Ford Foundation; and Julie Baer, Research Officer at IIE.
Many faculty are aware of Fulbright– but might not know what program is right for them. Below are several award categories to consider:

Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program - Over 800 grants are awarded annually through the Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. These opportunities, found in the Catalog of Awards, are open to faculty and lecturers, full- and part-time, early career and senior scholars. Short term and long term opportunities exist in all disciplines.
Distinguished Chairs - A group of awards within the Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, Distinguished Chair awards are among the most prestigious appointments. From Australia to Austria, these high profile awards afford senior scholars opportunities to share their expertise at renowned institutions abroad. You are invited to join a webinar on May 26, 2016 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT to learn more about the Distinguished Chair awards.
Postdoctoral Opportunities - This group of awards targets U.S. Scholars who have recently completed their doctoral degrees. Doctoral programs, dissertation advisors, and doctoral students should all be aware of the growing number postdoctoral Fulbright Scholar awards.
Application Deadline: 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.

Al-Fanar Media, the British Council, and SPARK co-sponsored a workshop in Istanbul on March 1-2, where more than 100 participants gathered to learn, network, and develop partnerships and programs to provide higher education to Syrian refugees. Sessions included "Emerging and Existing Scholarship Programs," "Building More Productive Partnerships," "Can Online and Blended Learning Rise to the Challenge of the Refugee Crisis?" and "What Should Be the Role of Syrian Academics in Educating Syrian Youth?" among others. Participants included large and small nonprofit organizations, government officials, donors, and initiatives large and small that share one common goal: to help as many Syrian youth as possible access opportunities for higher education.
Deadline: June 21 | Apply | Contact 

The International Service Learning Alliance (isla) offers the unique opportunity for students to intern abroad in Uganda through the Warren R. Campbell Scholarship, which was created to provide the resources for graduate and undergraduate students who are qualified to work in Uganda but simply do not have the means to get there. The internship is 10 weeks long, with in-country start dates of September 21, January 21 or March 21. Students who have a 3.3 GPA and are majoring in a sustainable development field in either Women's Empowerment, Social Justice, Small Business Development, Environment, Education or Health/HIV/AIDS and who have worked abroad are eligible to apply.



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