IIE. Interactive Newsletter
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I gave thanks for our IIENetwork members, whose active collaboration makes our work possible. Together, we celebrated the 2016 International Education Week with the release of the latest Open Doors data on student mobility. For IIE team members, and for most of you too, every week is about international education and our work is needed now more than ever. IIE remains committed to advancing international education and access to education. Our core values of integrity, global awareness, collaboration, professionalism, excellence, and service, will continue to guide all that we do. Throughout nearly a century of surveying campuses, IIE’s Open Doors Report has documented that U.S. campuses have consistently welcomed international students from all walks of life and locations. Students choose U.S. higher education as an investment in their future because of its high quality and diversity of opportunity, and we believe they will continue to do so. 

Across from our headquarters building at United Nations Plaza in New York are the flags of all the member countries of the UN. We work with most of those countries and have family and friends in many. As in our nation, change is a constant in all of them. What doesn’t change is how we work together: with a spirit of compassion, hope and determination. We would like to thank the entire international education community for all that you do, every day, and your steadfast dedication to our shared vision.
IIE, together with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, released the latest news on international students in the United States and U.S. students studying abroad in the 2016 Open Doors® Report on International Educational Exchange on November 14. The number of international students at U.S. colleges and universities surpassed one million for the first time during the 2015-16 academic year - an increase of seven percent from the previous year marks a new high, and brings the representation of international learners to a five percent of the total student population at U.S. institutions. Open Doors also reports that more than 313,000 U.S. students received credit last year for study abroad during 2014-15, an increase of nearly three percent over the previous year and an increasing number of U.S. students - over 22,000 in 2014-15 - participated in non-credit work, internships, and volunteering abroad to gain practical skills. The Open Doors findings reflect that students study abroad in part to gain international experience that can be applied in their careers. These findings were the subject of hundreds of news articles in the United States and around the world. IIE and ECA held a briefing and discussion of the new findings at the National Press Club in Washington DC. You can access the Open Doors presentation and photos from the event on the Open Doors multimedia website.
Open Doors in the News – Media Highlights:
A History Lesson on the Future of Foreign Enrollments - The Chronicle of Higher Education 
More STEM Students Seek Experiences Abroad - Diverse: Issues in Higher Education 

IIE’s International Academic Partnership Program is accepting applications for eligible institutions for 2017 partnership programs with Colombia and Morocco. Over the course of the program, institutions participate in a number of training activities focused on implementing and sustaining partnerships with higher education institutions in a focus country, receive guidance from experts in higher education, and participate in a study tour to the focus country.

Eligibility: Accredited U.S. colleges and universities
Application Period: All applications are due by December 15, 2016
Program Period: January 2017-April 2017
Study Tour: March/April 2017; One week
Program Cost: IIE Members: $9,000, Non IIE Members: $10,000; price includes all in-country costs for one university representative during the delegation to Colombia

Eligibility: Accredited U.S. colleges and universities
Application Period: All applications are due by December 15, 2016 
Program Period: February 2017-May 2017
Study Tour: April 2017; One week
Program Cost: IIE Members: $9,000, Non IIE Members: $10,000; price includes all in-country costs for one university representative during the delegation to Colombia

*IIE is committed to increasing diversity in our partnership programs. Special pricing may be available for select minority-serving institutions and community colleges. Please contact Shawn Patton for more information at spatton@iie.org.
The Institute of International Education's European Office is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2016 IIE Europe Award for Excellence. This year the award is presented to the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to recognize their accomplishments in the internationalization of higher education. DAAD is the independent organization of German higher education institutions and their student bodies, devoted to internationalizing the academic system. The organization serves as an experienced intermediary between university systems and a worldwide network of external partners. As a German institution in Europe, it contributes to shaping the European Higher Education Area and the European Research Area, and promotes European interests throughout the world. IIE and DAAD collaborate on a number of projects including STEM Exchange, Best Practices Conferences, joint publications, and emergency student scholarships to assist refugee students from Syria. The German Academic Exchange Service is also a country partner for Generation Study Abroad, a five-year initiative to double the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade. 

The New York Times
Collette Agnese, Manager for New Program Development at IIE, recently attended the World Student Scholarship Education Program in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Government scholarship administrators and higher education institutions came together to develop partnerships and share innovative ideas to further utilize experiential learning in their educational programs. For example, writes Agnese, "In Bahrain, The Crown Prince’s International Scholarship Program includes internship opportunities for students during their summer break, and universities in Qatar and Saudi Arabia also highlighted how they incorporate experiential learning into several of their academic programs like nursing and engineering."

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has released its free Guide to International University Admission, featuring country profiles and admission how-to's for nine destinations popular among U.S. students who seek full degrees outside their home country. Countries profiled include Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Introductory information on other international education experiences including short-term study abroad and international dual and joint degree programs is also included.
Events & Deadlines
Deadline: January 24, 2017 | More Information and Apply | Contact 

The Whitaker Program provides funding to emerging U.S.-based leaders in biomedical engineering to conduct a self-designed project overseas. Grant projects – including research, coursework, and public policy work – are intended to enhance both the recipient’s career and the biomedical engineering field with an underlying objective of increasing international collaboration. The Program is looking for candidates who are not only superb scientists, but who can advance the profession by gaining an international perspective. The Whitaker Program offers grants to recent graduates of the biomedical engineering field (within the past three years) at either the pre-doctoral or post-doctoral level.
December 13, 2016 | 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST | Cost: $149 | Register | Contact 
On many U.S. college and university campuses, robust strategies for recruiting international students have resulted in an increasingly competitive landscape that has stimulated widespread innovation and an exploration of promising practices. The ACE webinar "Innovative Strategies for International Student Enrollment and Success" will present three institutional case studies illustrating this trend. This webinar will present how the three programs utilized strategic partnerships and a comprehensive view of international student success to reach their goals. Past and current participants in several ACE programs are eligible for a 25% discount on the registration fee. Email cige@acenet.edu for the discount code.
Application Deadline: January 17, 2017 13:00 GMT | Apply | Contact
Applications and nominations are now open for the 2017 WISE Awards. Every year, these awards recognize and promote six successful innovative projects that are addressing global education challenges. These projects represent a growing resource of expertise and sound practice. Since 2009, 48 projects from diverse sectors and regions have been recognized for their creativity, positive contribution, and their potential for scalability and adaptability.
February 18-20, 2017 | Houston, TX | More Information | Register | Contact 

Community Colleges for International Development (CCID) is an international consortium of over 130 community, technical, and vocational institutions dedicated to creating globally engaged learning environments. CCID’s 41st annual conference will bring together leaders in government, higher education, business, and civil society from around the globe. The event features pre-conference workshops, an expo, engaging sessions and forums, and a variety of networking opportunities.
Proposal Deadline: December 14, 2016 | Learn More | Contact

The Institute of International Education’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars (IIE/CIES) is seeking U.S. campuses to host cohorts of junior scholars from the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Iraq

The intent of this 10-week program is 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, it lays the foundation for 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. Participating institutions will enjoy a unique opportunity to establish lasting relationships with faculty members at universities within Iraq and to build upon current efforts to internationalize their campuses and surrounding communities. 
CIES seeks two host institutions to implement the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Iraq, which is scheduled to take place June 30, 2017 through September 8, 2017. Scholars will be distributed across the following discipline-based cohorts: Law and Human Rights, and Business Administration and Global Entrepreneurship. 
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
May 12-29, 2017 | Application Deadline: February 10, 2017 | Learn More and Apply | Contact 

The University of South Mississippi is sponsoring a study abroad program in Italy, with applications currently open for undergraduate and graduate students. The focus of the program is on human rights of African migrants in Italy and the Italian criminal justice system. Italy is a priority destination for migrants due to Italy’s island of Lampedusa being one of the closest European locations to North Africa. The intersection between migration, human rights, and criminal justice is also prominent throughout the peninsula. Students will have a chance to meet migrants and hear from Italians who focus on their human rights, as well as individuals involved in the justice system. The program will take place in Perugia and in Florence at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and a few days in Rome.



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