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Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States, spoke to over 600 international education professionals at the 2016 EducationUSA Forum, organized by IIE in cooperation with the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. She spoke passionately about the importance of international education in building communities around the world. As a professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College, Dr. Biden highlighted the role of community colleges in educating students from diverse backgrounds and giving them the tools to be who they desire to be. She concluded her speech with a quote from George Washington Carver, who said "Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom."

The EducationUSA Forum is an annual event that brings together EducationUSA advisers and U.S. higher education professionals to discuss trends in international student mobility to the U.S. About 600 people from across the U.S. and around the world are participating in this year's Forum in Washington DC. 

On July 18, the IIE Washington forum hosted a workshop for the Clinton Foundation’s CHARGE - Collaborative for Harnessing Ambition and Resources for Girls’ Education initiative. The workshop was hosted as part of IIE’s commitment to CHARGE, along with the Higher Education Readiness pilot for girls in Ethiopia, which was evaluated earlier this year. The all-day workshop, "Monitoring & Evaluation of Girls’ Education & Life Skills Curriculum: Successes, Challenges and Lessons Learned," drew researchers, advocates, and practitioners from the Clinton Foundation, Brookings Institution, Millennium Challenge Corporation, BRAC, Discovery Learning Alliance, Komera, UNICEF, Room to Read, CARE USA, and the Center for Universal Education.
IIE is pleased to announce that leading art business Christie's is partnering with the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund for its forthcoming auction, UNTITLED.
July 28 - August 11
The online auction will offer more than 60 works of art that display the diversity and creativity of form and motif, from sculpture to contemporary art works, including pieces by IIE Scholar Rescue Fund artists from Ethiopia, Iraq, and Syria. With estimates starting at $100, the sale will offer a unique opportunity for new and seasoned collectors to purchase works of outstanding quality and to support the work of the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund.
A crackdown on Turkey’s higher education sector after a failed coup has far-reaching effects for fraying academic collaboration and exchange.

For months, Europe has been dealing with the hectic, day-to-day struggles of managing a massive migrant crisis. While those challenges dominate in the short term, European leaders must also start thinking about medium- to long-term reforms to the European Union’s asylum and migration policies.

More students are seeking out practical training during their study abroad experiences for both personal and professional development. This helps to give them a leg up in the job search, showing employers that they have real-life experience and global skills that are essential in today’s workplace.
The New York Times
Eduardo Contreras, Director of Studies Abroad at the University of Portland, discusses the important role that IIE has played in serving refugee communities since the 1920s, when students and scholars displaced by the Bolshevik Revolution were aided through the Russian Student Fund. "Beyond the basic human needs of food, water, and shelter, there are also unprecedented educational needs, which IIE has played an active role in addressing. Today, the Syria Consortium is answering this call by encouraging universities to provide scholarships to qualified Syrian students. The IIE Scholar Rescue Fund is offering funding to host institutions that can offer temporary academic positions for Syrian scholars to continue their teaching and research until it’s safe to return home [...] As much as the work of supporting refugees is future oriented, it is also a vital part of IIE’s history."

The 2016 German/English publication Wissenschaft weltoffen is now available for download. A joint collaboration between the DAAD and the German Centre for Research on Higher Education and Sciences, this publication is the most comprehensive account on the internationalization of higher education and research in Germany and presents the most recent data and developments in the areas of foreign students in Germany, German students abroad, and international mobility of German and foreign academics and researchers. The thematic focus in 2016 concentrates on the international mobility of academics and researchers, comprising a further deepening and discussion on the data available in comparison to the previous chapter, "International Mobility of Academics and Researchers." 
Events & Deadlines
Deadline: October 1, 2016 | Apply | Contact 

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, a Fulbright exchange activity sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), brings accomplished young and mid-career professionals from designated countries to the U.S. for an academic year of non-degree study and practical experience. Fellows are placed according to their professional field in groups of eight to fifteen at universities around the country. In 2016, IIE is inviting proposals from universities interested in hosting a group of Humphrey Fellows in the fields of Urban and Regional Planning or Economic Development/Finance and Banking. Proposals will undergo competitive review, including external peer evaluation. Universities selected to serve as host campuses for the Humphrey Fellowship Program will be eligible to receive a group of Fellows starting in academic year 2017-18, renewable over the following four academic years.
February 19-22, 2017 | Washington, DC 

AIEA invites the submission of proposals for its 2017 conference, "Internationalization Through Difference: Transcending Boundaries." Applicants will need to prepare an abstract (75 words), proposal description (up to 500 words), and bios of chair and presenters (75 words each). Session proposals can be in the form of standard proposals (maximum of 3 presenters including chair with at least 30 minutes of discussion time) or discussion roundtables (maximum of 2 facilitators including chair and NO formal presentations).
Application Deadline: October 17, 2016

The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (S-I-R) Program offers U.S. higher education institutions the opportunity to host a non-U.S. scholar.  By supporting non-U.S. scholars through grants for teaching at institutions that might not have a strong international component, both the U.S. institution and the scholar grantee benefit. S-I-R gives preference to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities, community colleges, small, liberal arts institutions, Asian-American and Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions, American Indian and Alaskan Native and Predominantly Black Institutions. There are also opportunities for other institutions to partner with preference organizations. 

Visit the S-I-R website to learn how the program can help advance your institution’s international presence, assist in faculty and curriculum development, and diversify the educational experiences of its students, scholars and surrounding community. Do you have questions about the S-I-R application? Register for the Final Call for Questions webinar on September 16 for information on the S-I-R program and application. 

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.
From now through the end of August, the U.S. Department of State is looking for volunteers to open their homes to an international exchange student. Through exchange programs such as FLEX, Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES), and Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX), the Department of State offers a unique opportunity for international students between the ages of 15-18 to come study in the United States. Through this experience host families not only leave lasting impressions of the United States on their exchange students, they also gain invaluable insights into new cultures. For an unforgettable year of discovery with your family, consider hosting an international exchange student. To volunteer to host for the 2016-2017 academic year or to learn more, visit hosting.state.gov.
Vietnam National University, Hanoi | September 23 – 24, 2016 | Contact by August 15, 2016

The Institute of International Education’s Center for International Partnerships, in partnership with Vietnam National University and USAID Vietnam, invites accredited U.S. colleges and universities to participate in the U.S. - Vietnam Academic Partnerships Workshop in Hanoi. This two-day workshop will provide practical and action-oriented training to Vietnamese and U.S. colleges and universities with the goal of increasing institutional capacity for implementing successful international partnerships, and enhancing U.S. - Vietnam academic cooperation. At the end of this workshop, participants will have an action-oriented roadmap for further developing and implementing a strategic plan for increasing U.S. – Vietnam partnerships on their own campus. There is no registration fee for this workshop, however any U.S. institution must register with IIE and cover all travel costs, including international airfare, accommodation, and transportation. Lunches are included on both days of the workshop. We recommend that institutions send two representatives: a Senior International Officer and partnership manager or other functional office staff.
Connecting with the World is a course created by IIE that trains Ministry officials and higher education administrators in Myanmar on how to develop and run a successful international office. A key component of this course is the virtual mentorship component in which IIE matches current experts in the field of international education with the participating Myanmar university representatives. Mentors will be responsible for grading and providing feedback on participant assignments, and being available for coaching and mentoring throughout the course, which will run from October 2016- May 2017. IIE is looking for dedicated international education professionals to commit to mentoring up to two Connecting with the World participants. If you are interested and available to guide Myanmar university officials through this dynamic and engaging 2016-2017 course, please fill out the application here
IIE’s International Academic Partnership Program seeks to increase the number of international partnerships between higher education institutions in the U.S. and those abroad. Each year, IIE chooses a select number of countries for its strategic partnership programming. In the past, these countries have included Brazil, Cuba, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Iran. This year, we’d like to hear from you. Which countries would you like to see IIE create a partnership program for in 2016-17? We want your feedback about IIE’s partnership programs to learn where your institution is looking to develop stronger international partnerships. Maybe your choice will become the next IAPP destination. Tell us now.



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