The Fall 2016 survey on international student enrollment is now open. This survey aims to obtain feedback on current events and trends in the field that may impact international student enrollments for this academic year (starting in Fall 2016). This information is shared with the international education community and the media in hopes of developing a wider understanding among the press, the general public, and policy makers at state and national levels about how higher education institutions continue to be affected by the various factors which impact international enrollments. All institutional-level responses will be anonymous and only aggregated information will be shared. We ask for your contact information only to ensure that no more than one reply is received per institution, and to facilitate follow up if there are any questions.
If you are not the best contact for this survey, please forward it to another colleague on your campus who may be able to complete it. Please respond by October 17, 2016 so that we may include your responses in the findings that we report to the press and public during International Education Week in November 2016. A summary of the results will be posted on the websites of all the cooperating organizations on November 14, 2016 and also distributed to the media in a joint press release.
At the Institute of International Education's Gala
on September 28 at New York’s Pierre Hotel, more than 250 business, education, government, foundation and policy leaders joined IIE to recognize Qualcomm Incorporated for its role in helping women and girls enter and succeed in technology careers, and to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Fulbright Program. The guests also heard a moving testimony from a Syrian student on the critical need to keep students and scholars from countries in crisis in higher education. Qualcomm Chief Executive Officer Steve Mollenkopf accepted IIE’s Opening Minds Corporate Leadership Award on behalf of his company in recognition of its leading role in the Women Enhancing Technology (WeTech)
initiative, which IIE launched in 2013.
In celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Fulbright Program, IIE presented seven notable Fulbright Alumni with the IIE Global Changemaker Award to highlight the impact of the individuals and the program throughout its history. The awards recognized alumni who came from or went to Germany, Greece, India, Jordan, Madagascar, Mexico, and New Zealand as students or professors over the seven decades of the program.
Sana Mustafa, a Syrian student who came to the United States to complete her university degree with a scholarship from Bard College through the IIE Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis
and received an IIE Emergency Student Fund
grant, spoke passionately about the urgent need to help students and scholars who are displaced by violence in their home countries. IIE’s history of providing emergency assistance to students and scholars facing threats and danger spans nearly 100 years.
IIE is serving as a thought partner for this exciting international event that brings together heads of government scholarship programs, business leaders and universities. With 200+ heads of scholarship who are available to meet with attendees to discuss scholarship options, this event is 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. For attendees interested in meeting with an IIE representative, please contact email@example.com
Manufacturing Day is an annual national event executed at the local level supported by thousands of manufacturers as they host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local community members at open houses, plant tours and presentations designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers. In celebration of Manufacturing Day on October 7, 2016, the Institute of International Education (IIE) and Alcoa Foundation are proud to be supporting a special youth program in which 16-23-year-olds learn valuable job skills and find employment through paid internship programs in manufacturing. Through this program, 500 students in eight communities across the globe received paid internships to find gainful employment, and 73% of those who completed the program are currently employed or enrolled in a workforce training or education program.
The manufacturing industry struggles to find qualified candidates to fill positions while the unemployment figure among youth hovers in the double digits, at 10.4%. The outlook for women is even worse: underrepresentation of women, combined with the real or perceived bias toward men in this industry. IIE and Alcoa Foundation’s Global Internship Program for Unemployed Youth
are working to change those statistics. The program is designed to provide youth with paid internship programs to learn both on-the-job skills as well as critical soft skills needed to succeed in a sustainable and rewarding career in manufacturing.
The Fall 2016 IIENetworker
magazine, titled "Virtual Exchange: Connected Learning in the Digital Age," is now available as a free interactive flipbook
. The idea of virtual exchange has become a reality for countless institutions around the world, and continues to gain momentum as we see how it can provide deep and interactive learning experiences. These exchanges are technology-enabled programs allowing for the sustained sharing of ideas through a people-to-people education approach. This issue of IIENetworker
focuses on delving deeper into the ever-evolving landscape of virtual exchange in order to explore, share and continue the dialogue around this emerging educational model
The authors in this issue of IIENetworker
provide many thought-provoking perspectives on the use of virtual exchange as it relates to the refugee crisis, language learning, curriculum internationalization, students with disabilities, alumni engagement, virtual reality, and study abroad pre-departure programs. Read
about various models from around the world, including what IIE is doing in this dynamic realm.
In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Program, 7 program alumni were honored for their outstanding achievements in an award ceremony that took place during IIE’s annual Gala, held on September 28 in New York City. The IIE Global Changemaker Awards recognize the achievements of the individuals throughout their careers and highlight the impact the Fulbright program has had throughout its history. Each individual is highlighted in this blog by Aileen O’Donnell, manager of the IIE Alumni Initiative.
The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education, is interested in hearing from U.S. colleges and universities about their language goals for AY 2017-18. The FLTA Program enables young educators to refine their teaching skills, increase their English language proficiency and extend their knowledge of the cultures and customs of the United States. FLTAs engage in non-degree studies at accredited post-secondary U.S. educational institutions while assisting in foreign language departments. More information on the Fulbright FLTA Program can be found by clicking this link FLTA Website
. For additional information on the Fulbright FLTA Program or to have your contact details added to the program’s distribution list, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
. IIE is requesting FLTA interest survey submissions from U.S. institutions only.
The Institute of International Education’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars (IIE/CIES) is pleased announce the opening of the application process for U.S. campuses to host cohorts of junior scholars from the Fulbright Junior Faculty Development Programs (JFDP) for Egypt, Lebanon, and Tunisia. These programs are designed to equip scholars with the knowledge and tools needed to build the capacity of their home institutions and to advance the education of future generations. In addition, the programs lay the foundation for the junior scholars and their U.S. hosts to develop long-term institutional relationships and to identify areas of cooperation that can be sustained beyond the grant period.
IIE/CIES seeks U.S. institutions to implement the 10-week programs scheduled for July through September 2017 and invites institutions to submit a proposal to host a cohort of scholars in one of the disciplines outlined below for each program. Each cohort will include approximately six scholars.
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.
Eighteen university women from Syria were awarded scholarships to resume their studies through the new "100 Syrian Women, 10,000 Syrian Lives" scholarship program, launched by IIE and the non-profit organization Jusoor. "100 Syrian Women, 10,000 Syrian Lives" was implemented in partnership with Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and with support for educational advising from the EducationUSA network of international student advising centers. The scholarships are expected to bring 100 Syrian women to study at U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities over the next four academic years. IIE and the University of California Davis estimate that between 100,000 and 200,000 Syrian youth are currently displaced from higher education. Pre-war, men and women in Syria attended university in roughly equal numbers. However, Syrian men are three times more likely than women to resume their studies in exile. Selected for their potential to serve as global leaders, the first cohort of students will attend universities including Brown University, Harvard University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Northeastern University, New York University, Syracuse University, the University of New Mexico, and Valparaiso University. In Canada, participating institutions include Ryerson University, Wilfrid Laurier University, and York University.