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Pre-Application Deadline: November 1, 2016 | Apply | Contact
The Institute of International Education (IIE) is pleased to announce the IIE Scholarship Program for Syrian Students. This scholarship opportunity will provide Syrian students with the unique opportunity to continue their academic studies, experience life in the United States, and develop a network of peers in their U.S. host communities. Administered as part of IIE’s Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis, IIE will partner with accredited U.S. higher education institutions that commit to full tuition waivers to support qualified Syrian students. The IIE scholarship will provide placement at an accredited U.S. higher education institution and up to $50,000 to cover students’ living expenses.
Eligibility Criteria
     •   Applicants must be Syrian citizens or Palestinians with a Travel Document;
     •   Applicants must have proficiency in written and spoken English to carry out their proposed studies. Applicants
          will be required to the TOEFL or IELTS exam prior to the start of their studies;
     •   The scholarship is open to undergraduate students "Bachelor" and graduate students "Master." Students seeking
          a Doctoral degree are NOT eligible for this scholarship;
     •   The scholarship is open to all academic fields with the exception of medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry. Law is
          only available on the graduate level;
     •   Preference will be given to applicants who have clear academic, professional, and personal goals. Applicants
          should demonstrate civic engagement and the desire to help rebuild their home country.

How to Apply
Students interested in applying to IIE’s Scholarship Program for Syrian students will need to complete a pre-application and submit any available supporting documents. If you are deemed eligible and fulfil the basic application criteria, you will be asked to submit a formal online application. The pre-application is NOT a guarantee of being awarded a scholarship.
Although not required, we recommend you submit any available supporting documents such as:
     •   Copies of high school and/or university transcripts;
     •   TOEFL or IELTS scores if available. Students who do not have TOEFL or IELTS scores available will be required to
          take one of the two language tests prior to the start of their studies;
     •   SAT/ACT scores.

Please note that you cannot save the pre-application and submit at a later point. Once submitted, you cannot change your entry. Make sure to read all requirements and questions before completing the pre-application. We recommend you have any available supporting documents uploaded to your computer before starting the pre-application. Please do not submit multiple pre-applications as only the first submission will be considered.
October 23-25, 2016| Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC | Register | Contact
The 2016 IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad theme "Explore. Experiment. Exchange" urges us to think in new and creative ways on how we "do" study abroad and how to reach the ambitious goal of doubling study abroad by 2020. With over 30 sessions, 12 summit talks, 4 Think tanks, and 5 learning labs, the IIE Summit is an interactive conference with opportunity to network and innovate. You will leave the conference encouraged by the creative work being done in education abroad – and inspired to implement new ideas at your institution, organization or company. 

Former NYU president John Sexton spoke at an event at IIE in New York last Thursday to announce the creation of the Catalyst Trust for Universal Education, which will address the educational needs of the more than 57 million children worldwide who do not have access to school due to current conflicts and the refugee crisis. The Catalyst Trust’s first major initiative will be to partner with IIE to create the Platform for Education in Emergencies Response (PEER), a new global clearinghouse to identify scholarships and opportunities and connect displaced and refugee students with resources they can use, anywhere in the world. IIE president Allan Goodman joined Mr. Sexton to announce the new project and lead a discussion with Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the United Nations special envoy on global education, of how education, government and philanthropic leaders can help meet the emergency needs. 

In addition, IIE is launching a new scholarship fund, with private support, that will support a total of 65 Syrian students through full scholarships or emergency grants for living expenses. Earlier this month, IIE also joined with the non-profit Jusoor to create a new scholarship fund, 100 Syrian Women, 10,000 Syrian Lives; nine students started their studies in the United States in fall of 2016.

A group of outstanding university women studying technology fields at top universities in China came together to celebrate their accomplishments on September 22 at the Qualcomm office in Beijing. Students toured the Qualcomm research and development lab, learn about Qualcomm’s STEM initiatives, and participated in a workshop where the students will assess their strengths and explore their professional and personal goals beyond the six-month program mentorship period. Thirty-six university women in China and India were selected in early 2016 to receive a competitive scholarship through the Women Enhancing Technology (WeTech) Qualcomm Global Scholars Program, which matches each scholar with a Qualcomm mentor in her field. After a successful first year, WeTech has opened applications for students in South Korea and Taiwan. The WeTech Qualcomm Global Scholars Program is part of IIE’s and Qualcomm’s long-term efforts to advance educational and professional opportunities for women and girls on a global scale.
The Platform for Education in Emergencies Response (PEER) will be established by a new Catalyst Trust for Universal Education and IIE. This new global clearinghouse will identify scholarships and opportunities and connect refugee students with resources they can use anywhere in the world.

Quality of education and job prospects in the U.S. make it a favored destination, with the UK and Australia ranked as second and third choices for an education abroad. 

Education has long been called the "great equalizer" in helping families and individuals attain the American dream. But it's become increasingly harder to ignore deepening inequality within our higher education system. Scholarships, however, are important tools for combating this inequality.
The New York Times
The 2016 edition of Intensive English USA is now available for purchase. This indispensable reference directory, published by the Institute of International Education, includes more than 500 intensive English language programs and courses offered by accredited U.S. higher education institutions and language schools. Intensive English USA 2016 is a standard IEP resource for education ministries, embassies, exchange agencies, universities, and other organizations that sponsor international students in the United States. Each English language program listing includes information on accreditation, costs, eligibility, class size, student services, admission requirements, and more.
Zehra Mirza, Evaluation Officer with the IIE Center for Academic Mobility Research and Impact, discusses how international fellowship and scholarships programs can indeed influence policymaking, and how alumni of these programs can foster change on local, national, and global levels. The ten-year impact study of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP) highlights this work. "The results of the 2015 Global Alumni Survey show that 185 IFP alumni are working in local or regional government agencies, 189 are working in national government agencies, and 127 alumni are working in national non-governmental agencies. These alumni have not only drafted policies at their organizations, but have also provided trainings, technical assistance, and have been involved in strategy development affecting approximately 4 million individuals." 

A new publication by Fabrice Jaumont, Program Officer for the FACE Foundation in New York and Education Attaché for the Embassy of France to the United States, offers an analysis of a U.S.-led foundation initiative of uncommon ambition, featuring seven foundations with a shared commitment to strengthen capacity in higher education in Sub-Saharan African universities. The book examines the conditions under which philanthropy can be effective, the impasses that foundations often face, and the novel context in which philanthropy operates today. This study assesses the shifting grounds on which higher education globally is positioned and the role of global philanthropy within these changing contexts. Available now for pre-order, this publication is will also attract attention from university-based readers and readers who are interested in the role foundations play in cultivating institutional capacity.
Events & Deadlines
May 22-24, 2017 | London, UK
Proposal Deadline: October 3, 2016 | Submit a Proposal | Contact 

The conference will explore how colleges and universities support city-regional economies and social and civic engagement, connecting the world's cities to global talent, and addressing global challenges. This year's conference theme, "Global Cities: Connecting Talent, Driving Change," will be examined through four lenses:
     •  research and innovation
     •  talent development and flows
     •  societies and communities
     •  leadership
Proposals can be for a speaking slot on the program as a presenter, panelist or chair, or for a poster to be displayed and presented at the conference.
October 19 & 20, 2016 | Abu Dhabi, UAE | Register | More Information
This international event will host 200+ heads of scholarship, who are available to meet with attendees to discuss scholarship options. The event is also a time to further partnerships, provide access to strategic recruitment and networking, and increase understanding of trends in the region. 20 countries have already committed to coming including Bahrain, Brazil, Kurdistan, China, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Nigeria, Qatar, and Russia. The structure of the event enables you to log onto the online system, see who is attending and the scholarships and training that will be offered for 2017, and secure meetings in advance.
The Yidan Prize for Educational Research and Development will now accept nominations until March 2017 for its inaugural award, to be given in 2017. Two winners per year will receive HK$30 million (around US$3.9 million) each in cash and project funding, making this the largest educational prize in the world. The Yidan Prize seeks to recognize an individual or small group whose work transforms education in an innovative way that can be replicated and repeated around the world to improve education quality and provide better access to education for all. Each nomination, to be submitted by a third party, will be reviewed by a jury of highly respected experts in education according to a set of rigorous criteria in order to identify the very best individuals. Projects of nominated individuals should be sustainable, future oriented, transformative, and innovative. Nominees can be either individuals or working teams, consisting up to three persons who can be teachers, researchers, academics, policymakers, and advocates.

The deadline to apply for the U.S.-Korea IEA Program: November 1, 2016. Click here to access the online application.

The U.S.-Korea International Education Administrators Program is a two-week group seminar that allows participants to meet with representatives from Korean universities, private-sector agencies and organizations, and selected government agencies. International education administrators who interact with students on a day-to-day basis and are actively involved in promoting international education on their campus are encouraged to apply. The seminar is expected to take place in June 2017.
Fulbright International Education Administrators seminars help U.S. international education professionals and senior higher education officials create empowering connections with the societal, cultural and higher education systems of other countries. In addition to Korea, seminars are also offered in India, Russia, Japan, Taiwan, Germany and France.

Register for our webinar, today, Sept. 28th, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EDT, to learn more about the advantages of the IEA Seminars.

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.
Nomination Deadline: October 14, 2016 | Download Nomination Form | Contact

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is delighted to invite you to nominate your program for the 2017 Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education. IIE created these awards to honor outstanding initiatives in international higher education by IIENetwork member universities and colleges. IIE's Heiskell Awards showcase the most innovative and successful models for internationalization of campuses, study abroad, and international exchange partnerships in practice today. There are four award categories for 2017.


Category 1: Internationalizing the Campus  
Advancing curriculum development, fostering international opportunities and creatively integrating international students into university life.

Category 2: Study Abroad
Providing innovative programs and services to make study abroad accessible to a broader student population. Special emphasis on specific efforts that led to a strong increase in study abroad participation.

Category 3: International Partnerships: New Models for Research Collaborations
Recognizing strategic, comprehensive and innovative international partnership efforts with emphasis on connecting globally through research opportunities. 

Category 4: Internationalizing Minority Serving Institutions  
Creating innovative programs and services, including study abroad, to make international opportunities accessible to MSI students. 

Note: With the exception of Category 1, please submit nominations which focus on particular programs or initiatives, rather than including all campus programs in one nomination.
IIE’s Center for International Partnerships recently led a delegation of U.S. university faculty and administrators to Mexico as part of IIE’s International Academic Partnership Program. The universities chosen to take part in the delegation were California State University San Bernardino, Lehman College, Rutgers University, Slippery Rock University, and Virginia Commonwealth University. While in the country, the group visited twelve universities and two governmental organizations in Mexico City, Puebla, and Querétaro. The goal of the trip was to learn more about opportunities for U.S.-Mexico academic collaboration in the future. To learn how your university can get involved in IIE’s International Academic Partnership Program, please visit the IAPP website.



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