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Download the Expression of Interest Form | Deadline: September 15, 2016

On behalf of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and in partnership with the Indonesian Ministry of Research Technology and Higher Education (Kemristekdikti), IIE announces a pre-solicitation for the USAID Sustainable Higher Education Research Alliances (USAID SHERA) program to increase research capacity in Indonesia through U.S. – Indonesia partnerships. This program will foster long-term research alliances between top-tier Indonesian higher education institutions, affiliate Indonesian higher education institutions, U.S. higher education institutions, private sector partners, and other stakeholders on critical topics of local and global significance. 

USAID SHERA seeks to fund approximately five Centers for Collaborative Research (CCRs) on specific topics at top-tier Indonesian institutions in partnership with at least one U.S. higher education institution partner and at least three Indonesian higher education institution partners. The anticipated amount of funding per CCR is US$3 million over four years with the lead Indonesian institution as the primary sub-recipient of the funding. The USAID SHERA team is currently accepting Expressions of Interest (EOIs) through the USAID SHERA website through September 15, 2016. USAID SHERA will review completed EOIs to confirm candidates’ eligibility and establish target applicants for the full Request for Applications, to be released by the end of September 2016. Interested U.S. higher education intuitions should contact potential Indonesian applicants directly to discuss participating as a partnership member.
Middle and high school female students will compete in the Women Enhancing Technology (WeTech) Graduation Pitch Event in Bengaluru, India, on August 20th. The WeTech program, managed by IIE, will host the event to recognize and showcase the hard work of 90 girls from Bangalore who aspire to be the next generation of leaders in information, communication and technology (ICT). Mentored by senior leaders from Qualcomm India and Goldman Sachs over a period of three months, participants at the Graduation Pitch Event will have an opportunity to observe pitches from each of the 18 teams of middle and high school students, hear from executives in the technology industry, and get inspired by dynamic Indian women leaders from various sectors. Now in its third year, WeTech’s Afterschool Program has connected more than 200 girls in India with this unique hands-on learning and mentoring experience. 

Teachers play a key role in preparing students to understand the important interconnected web of global and local affairs, and to develop the skills to contribute to improving our world. 

The kidnapping of two faculty members at the American University of Afghanistan renews attention on the risks confronting universities in conflict zones.

IIE has the exciting opportunity to be considered for inclusion as a panel at this year’s SXSWedu Conference. Panelists will discuss the academic emergency in Syria, which has resulted in a break-down of higher education within the country and posed major obstacles for students outside of Syria. They will also discuss the role of U.S. higher education institutions in responding to higher education in emergencies, as well as the pros and cons of scholarship programs for displaced students, institutional challenges when working with displaced students, and best practices on how to overcome these obstacles. Vote online today to help IIE become a part of this global conference and share key best practices vital to education in emergencies.
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Julia Hendrickson, Women’s Enterprise for Sustainability Program Director at IIE, shares with us the significance of this important day in a country known for having adopted some of the most progressive laws supporting Women’s Rights in the Middle East & North Africa. "Each year on August 13th, Tunisians celebrate National Women’s Day. For many, it’s a day to acknowledge what they have achieved for women’s rights, while recognizing and continuing to fight the many challenges that still exist against gender equality."

Conflict, war and the effects of climate change have and will continue to displace millions of people around the globe, including university and college students. In times of peace, these students become their societies’ future leaders, but in times of war, they may become a lost generation. Higher education in the United States has a long tradition of providing support to and sanctuary for the world’s students. However, the nature and enormity of human displacement in our era is such that America’s universities and colleges are facing a new and unique challenge. In this briefing paper, seven authors contribute their knowledge and expertise in best practices to explore the ways in which American colleges and universities have committed to making displaced and refugee students part of their campus communities.
CAPES, Brazil's federal agency for support and evaluation of graduate education, has released their most recent publication that provides an updated outlook of the top graduate programs in the country. The catalog is a valuable reference tool for international students, university staff, and foreign scholars looking to strengthen their ties with Brazil. Organized by both Region and Field of Study, this comprehensive guide is easy to use and provides other key pieces of information on Brazil’s graduate university programs across the country.
Events & Deadlines
November 3-4, 2016 | Newport, RI
Founded by the International Engineering Program (IEP) at the University of Rhode Island, the purpose of the Annual Colloquium on International Engineering Education is to provide a forum to discuss and share issues and ideas related to the field. The Colloquium provides engineering and language educators, international program administrators, university staff, corporate leaders, public sector representatives and students common ground to talk about educating engineers for today’s global workplace. Plenaries will include "How Do Universities Across the Globe Cooperate Internationalize to Educate the Global Engineering Workforce?", "Assessing International Engineering Experiences," an alumni panel, and more. Register and make hotel reservations through the registration link.
March 29-31, 2017 | Seattle, WA
Proposal Deadline: August 19, 2016 | Call for Proposals
The Forum’s 13th Annual Conference, "Creating and Sustaining the Education Abroad Continuum," focuses on the student’s education abroad experience. Ideally, the education abroad experience is a continuum that begins long before the student arrives in the host country and carries on after their return, integrating the academic and experiential, supported by fair policies and ethical programming. While this ideal of a continuum may not be the reality for all students, education abroad can take practical steps toward achieving it.
March 29-31, 2017 | San Jose, Costa Rica
Proposal Deadline: September 30, 2016 | Submit a Proposal | Guidelines 

The Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU) is accepting speaker proposals for its 12th International Conference. Proposals can be submitted and presented in English or Spanish, for presentations of 75 minutes in length. Topics that may be addressed include International Education Policy, International Mobility, Innovation in International Education, Best Practices in International Education, and Preparing the International Workforce of the 21st Century.
CIEE, the world's leading nonprofit international exchange organization, seeks a Vice President of Academic Exchange Programs. The Vice President will manage and develop all academic exchange programs for international (non-U.S.) students. In addition to managing and scaling CIEE’s existing portfolio of high school exchange programs, which support approximately 1,800 students annually on both F-1 and J-1 visas, the incumbent will play a central role in shaping the long-term strategic direction of the division. In the near-term, the Vice President will execute a comprehensive strategy to expand CIEE’s F-1 exchanges to the United States, with a focus on high school programming, college tours, and college counseling. In the longer-term, she or he will spearhead planning for and implementation of new lines of business that CIEE is considering such as "pathways programs" and other intensive English programs in the United States and locations abroad. 




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