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The 2016 IIE Victor J. Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East was presented at a ceremony on June 2nd in Jerusalem by Victor J. Goldberg, a retired IBM executive who is a longtime Trustee of the New York-based Institute of International Education. The award, which includes a $10,000 prize, was awarded to Sarah Perle Benazera and Ohood Murqaten, Co-Chairs of the YaLa Young Leaders Core Leadership Group. An online movement led by young adults, for young adults, YaLa focuses on dialogue and engagement as a means to securing a safe, productive, and peaceful region, capitalizing on the catalyzing power of social networks, media and technology to lead their generation to a better future. Sarah and Ohood are part of a team that has made YaLa Young Leaders the broadest and fastest-growing Middle East peace movement today, with nearly 1 million members from all across the MENA region. During times of high tension in the region, the YaLa page provides a safe environment for young people on both sides to search for a different point of view on the situation, and to find partners for dialogue.

IIE received the GoAbroad Foundation's Innovation in Philanthropy award for the IIE Emergency Student Fund and Scholar Rescue Fund during the NAFSA Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado. Each year, GoAbroad hosts the prestigious Innovation Awards during the annual NAFSA Conference to recognize innovative organizations, individuals, and projects in the field of international education. In 2015, the Innovation in Philanthropy category was added, sponsored by the GoAbroad Foundation, in order to highlight many of the great philanthropic efforts in international education.

Since its inception in 2002, the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund has assisted 643 scholars from 55 countries, placing them at over 350 host partner institutions in 41 countries around the world. The IIE Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis is a network of colleges and universities providing scholarships for Syrian students who have had their education disrupted by the conflict. This network has provided support to more than 300 Syrian students. To date IIE has awarded more than 140 emergency grants to Syrian students through the Emergency Student Fund, and the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund has awarded 130 fellowships to Syrian professors and researchers, placing them at nearly 70 safe-haven universities and research centers in 12 countries.
Deadline: June 30, 2016 | Contact

Now is the time to renew your IIENetwork membership, which will allow you to continue to take full advantage of the many resources IIE offers. IIE membership renewal forms for the 2016/2017 academic year have been sent by email to the membership contact at each member institution. If you have not yet renewed your IIE membership, please take a moment to complete your renewal by June 30. IIENetwork is IIE's membership program, with over 1,300 member institutions around the world. Each membership designee is an important link in a network of over 7,000 individuals with a commitment to the internationalization of their institutions. As an IIENetwork member, you benefit from international education publications, resources, discounts, and sharing best practices. IIE's offices around the world work closely with members to assist you in accessing IIE's expertise and information on the many programs for which your students and faculty may be eligible.

As an IIENetwork member, your campus will receive complimentary copies of our valuable print resources, including the Open Doors report, the IIENetwork Handbook for International Educators, the IIENetworker magazine, and more. You will also be able to access members-only data on www.iie.org, receive member discounts for IIE's International Academic Partnership Program, and your IIENetwork membership ensures that you are eligible to nominate the innovative programs at your campus for the 2017 IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards. You can renew your membership, update your designees, and pay the membership dues for your institution online. For more information on how to renew online, visit www.abdi-ecommerce10.com/iiemembership.
The Communications and IIE Initiatives team in New York seeks a Manager, Events and Communications who will manage the IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad and other events. This is a high profile opportunity for a team member interested in bringing together stakeholders who can make a difference in international higher education, and who knows how to develop high-level themes and use marketing and social media to conduct outreach.
IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund has provided safe haven to persecuted scholars for decades, and is among the organizations stepping in to ensure that many of these academics can continue their studies outside of their war-torn countries.  

We Are All in This TogetherDiplomatic Courier
Having individuals who can share their experiences in a culturally sensitive way is key to working with aging populations. The Fulbright Program and Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, show how effective this kind of exchange can be in bringing together professionals for the greater good.  

This 13-week program aims to introduce high performing employees to the company's global offices and strengthen connections across the organization, in a model that takes after university study abroad programs.  
Pisa tests, an international standard for comparing education systems around the world, could include new measurements related to cultural competency by the year 2018.
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Deadline: Friday, July 29, 2016 | Complete Survey Online

The 2016 Open Doors International Scholars Survey is now open and available at www.iie.org/surveyforms. The survey collects data on international scholars engaged in academic activities for part or all of the period beginning July 1, 2015 and ending on June 30, 2016. 
The compilation of data published in Open Doors is only possible with the assistance of international education and other higher education professionals at 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 International Scholars Survey 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.
Evgenia Valuy, Data Analyst with the Institute of International Education’s Center for Academic Mobility Research and Impact, shares findings from IIE’s two-year comparative report of the HER (Higher Education Readiness) program for girls in Ethiopia. "The power of education is part of IIE’s mission, and this program shows how a singular program like HER can have impacts that go well beyond the student. This program has empowered and transformed the schools and communities from which the HER girls came, and continues to have an impact long after they graduate."

Events & Deadlines
September 20-22, 2016 | Seoul, South Korea | Details | Register 

The U.S. Department of State’s EducationUSA network invites U.S. higher education representatives to participate in the EducationUSA East Asia and Pacific Regional Forum September 20–22, 2016 in Seoul, South Korea. The Forum is designed to be both a training opportunity for EducationUSA Advisers from around the region, as well as a networking and learning opportunity for international student recruitment and support colleagues at accredited U.S. institutions of higher education. Visit the Forum website for more information and registration details.
November 3-4, 2016 | Newport, RI | Early-bird Deadline: September 30, 2016 | Register 

This year the 19th annual Colloquium on International Engineering Education will take place at the Marina Bay Hotel in Newport, RI. The theme of this year’s program is "Preparing the Global Workforce," and will include interactive and break-out sessions. Plenaries will focus on topics such as "Expanding Local Public-Private Partnerships Globally to Educate the Workforce of the 21st Century," "How do Universities Across the Globe Cooperate with Industry in Educating the Global Engineering Work Force," "Assessing International Engineering Experiences," and an Alumni panel. For more information, view the tentative agenda online.
Budapest, Hungary | November 20-22, 2016 | More Information

The theme of this year's ACA Annual Conference is the relationship between universities and colleges and the cities in which they are located. The overarching questions of the event are: what do cities contribute to the success of universities and colleges, and how do higher education institutions help cities develop? The ACA Annual Conference 2016 will address all of these different 'habitats' - big cities, small towns and remote and challenged regions. In doing so, it will not only explore the relationship between higher education institutions and municipalities, but also of university-enterprise interaction and cooperation between academic institutions and civil society actors in their city, town or region. Registration for the annual conference will open mid-June.
Every year, U.S. scholars in a wide variety of academic disciplines teach and conduct research at educational institutions and non-profit organizations across Sub-Saharan Africa.  U.S. Embassies in the region contribute to the program through their direction of an extensive network of scholars and share their expertise with colleagues and students. In addition to accomplishing their grant-specific goals, Fulbright Scholars often build lasting relationships that serve as the foundation for on-going projects and other interactions on the personal and the institution level. Highlighted awards in Sub-Saharan Africa for the 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program include:

     •  Burkina Faso: Engineering and Environmental Science
     •  Africa Regional Research Program: AIDS and AIDS-Related Research
     •  Sudan: All Disciplines Award
     •  Republic of the Congo: All Disciplines Award
     •  Zambia: Multiple Disciplines Award
     •  Rwanda: Science and Technology

Application Deadline: August 1, 2016 

For more information about awards to Sub-Saharan Africa, visit the 2017-2018 Catalog of Awards or view our recorded webinar
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

SUNY Oswego, a 2016 IIE Heiskell Award Honorable Mention and Generation Study Abroad Commitment Partner, has seen a positive impact in increasing study abroad participation rates that mirror campus diversity as a result of their "I, Too, Am Study Abroad" campaign. 

Learn How to Bring this Campaign to Your Campus 
Please join us for a special webinar featuring SUNY Oswego on Wednesday, June 15th at 1 pm EST.
*Please note this is webinar is re-scheduled from its original date of June 8th.
Misericordia University, a member of IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative, recently recognized 24 graduates who did service or studies abroad during their time at the institution. These graduates were presented with special stoles as part of the Commencement regalia in colors representing the country where they studied abroad. Misericordia joined Generation Study Abroad in November 2014 and has since greatly surpassed their goal in increasing the number of students they send abroad. "When we joined IIE in 2014, we had 32 students studying or doing service learning abroad. We promised to double that number by 2019," said Marguerite Roy, J.D., a former United Nations peacekeeper who now serves as visiting professor of Government, Law and National Security and coordinates the study abroad/away programs. "With 87 students in study abroad or away programs in the 2015-16 year, we have far surpassed projections, and I am very proud to say we are at approximately 140 percent of our goal."

IIE is pleased to announce an exciting new study abroad program hosted by Arsenal Football Club that will take place in London in summer 2017. Arsenal Football Club, through its partnership with Station 12, is offering the following options for U.S. students to participate in this summer program: 
   1. An Arsenal experience as an additional component to an already existing faculty-led study abroad program in London. 
   2. Enroll students in a fully-hosted summer program that would be developed between your university, Arsenal, and Station 12. 

IIE would like to see how either of the above program options might fit into your study abroad options for next summer. Further program details will be provided based on the option you select, overall level of interest, and feedback we receive from partner universities. Please send Sarah Chow a preliminary response by Friday, June 10th.

Join the Diplomatic Courier at The Future of Peace Summit on June 15, to mark the 10th edition of the Global Peace Index, the world’s leading measure of country peacefulness, to discuss the major challenges and opportunities for peace in the decade ahead. The focus of the summit will be the main challenges and opportunities for peace over the next decade. Is the world becoming more or less peaceful? What countries and regions have improved the most in peace and why? 

Tune in on Wednesday, June 15 at https://globalpeace.splashthat.com/ and join the discussion on Twitter @iieglobal @diplocourier @GlobPeaceIndex  #2050Peace #Worldin2050. If you are in Washington, DC, you may also register to attend at the special discounted rate of $15 by using IIE’s discount code: PARTNER1516, as a benefit of your relationship with IIE.

The Institute of International Education serves as the Diplomatic Courier’s Thought Partner for its 2016 series "The World in 2050 – A Forum About Our Future," which convenes leaders and experts across disciplines to discuss solutions to long-term global challenges. Earlier this year, IIE Vice President Edith Cecil kicked off the partnership by speaking at the Diplomatic Courier’s "Global Talent Summit" on the demands placed on today’s diverse and global workforce, including the importance of international education. Read on to learn more about the partnership.



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