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Deadline: February 29, 2012

The Emergency Student Fund (ESF) of the Institute of International Education (IIE) is issuing a call for nominations from U.S. colleges and universities that have Syrian students on campus with urgent financial need due to the situation in Syria.

IIE’s Syria-ESF will provide emergency grants of $2,000 each to Syrian students nominated by their U.S. host colleges and universities who are unable to continue or complete their degree program in the U.S. due to serious financial difficulties precipitated by the situation in their home country. Accredited United States campuses are invited to nominate up to four Syrian students at their institutions for whom help is needed to complete spring semester 2012. IIE expects U.S. institutions nominating these Syrian students to also help address their urgent financial needs through tuition waivers, scholarships, and other forms of assistance.

International Student Advisers or other campus officials are invited to submit applications to IIE using the nomination form in the link indicated below. Syrian students cannot apply directly and should consult their International Student Adviser for assistance.

The deadline for submission is February 29, 2012. Please nominate as soon as possible. Decisions will be sent to the students and nominators by mid-March.

To find out more about eligibility and requirements, download a nomination form, or donate to IIE’s Emergency Student Fund, please visit: www.iie.org/What-We-Do/Emergency-Assistance/Syria-ESF.

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June 1–15, 2012
Middle East
Deadline for Submission: March 2, 2012

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is calling for expressions of interest from qualified professors to serve as the 2012 Ibrahim Leadership and Dialogue Project Faculty Advisor.

The Ibrahim Leadership and Dialogue Project provides an opportunity for high-achieving U.S. undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds and faiths to develop their leadership skills and gain firsthand experience with dialogue efforts in the Middle East. Following an orientation session in Washington, DC, students engage in a two-week study-tour in three Middle Eastern countries, where they meet with leaders and organizations representing a range of viewpoints. The 2012 program will take place from June 1–15, 2012. More information can be found at www.iie.org/ibrahimproject.

The Faculty Adviser will participate with the group in all program components—from pre-departure preparation to traveling on the in-country program—and will play an active role in deepening the impact of the study-tour by delivering three to four lectures on the Middle East and facilitating reflective discussion among the students.

Prospective Faculty Advisors are asked to submit a 1-2 page expression of interest on university letterhead explaining why he/she is interested in serving as the 2012 Ibrahim Leadership and Dialogue Project Faculty Advisor and how his/her institution will cover the costs associated with the professor’s participation in this prestigious two-week study-tour.

Expressions of interest are due to IIE no later than 5:00pm on Friday, March 2, 2012. Please email expressions of interest and a C.V. to ibrahimproject@iie.org with the subject line: "Expression of Interest for 2012 Ibrahim Project."

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The Institute of International Education’s affiliate in Indonesia, the Indonesian International Education Foundation (IIEF), hosted a seminar in Jakarta entitled, "Why Indonesia Should Invest in International Education," on February 14, 2012.

The goals of the seminar were to engage key stakeholders (government, education institutions, investors, NGO/philanthropic organizations, etc.) in a dialogue on the role of international education in building national competitiveness and preparing tomorrow’s workforce.

Speakers included:

  • Allan E. Goodman, President and CEO, IIE
  • Diana Kartika Jahja, Director of IIEF
  • Harris Iskandar, Secretary of The Directorate General of Higher Education
  • Shanti L. Poesposoetjipto, Chairman of PT. Samudera Indonesia Tbk, and PT. Asuransi Bintang Tbk; and CEO of PT. Ngrumat Bondo Utomo, and PT. Samudera Indonesia Tangguh, Jakarta
  • Yahya R. Hidayat, Head, Center for Planners Development, Education and Training, the State Ministry of National Development Planning/National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS)
  • Ahmad Fuadi, author of Negeri 5 Menara–a best-selling book that will be adapted into a movie– journalist, Fulbright alumnus

For more information about this conference, please visit: www.iie.org/en/Who-We-Are/News-and-Events/Events/2012/IIEF-Indonesia-Event-2012.

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An article in University World News focuses on the University of Rhode Island’s innovative International Engineering Program (IEP), which was recently named the winner of the Institute of International Education’s Andrew W. Heiskell Award for Study Abroad. The IEP’s model combines a five-year dual bachelor program in which students complete a language major with the usual engineering curriculum requirements. In addition, students embark on study of and work in both disciplines in a country of their choice during the fourth year. The first six months of study are followed by a paid internship in a partner company abroad.

According to IIE’s president, Allan E. Goodman: "It is very rare to see a program combining language and engineering...In fact, those that foster engineering collaboration are particularly important in light of the global issues we face today...The University of Rhode Island’s IEP is one of these—in responding to the need to encourage academic collaboration and innovative partnerships not only among our nation’s universities, but also on a global scale. Programs like this are helping to internationalize our campuses—to ‘open minds to the world’."

To read the full article, please visit: www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20120210080844817.

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An article in AsiaOne News noted that more than 4,300 Singaporeans studied in the United States last year, which was the highest figure in 10 years. According to statistics by the Institute of International Education, this represented a seven percent increase from the previous year. "About half of those studying in the US are undergraduates, while close to 40 per cent are doing their post-graduate studies. The remainder are those on exchange programs or professional courses."

To read the full article, please visit: http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Edvantage/Story/A1Story20120210-327038.html.

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Duties and Responsibilities
This position will provide campus-wide leadership in the development of international programs and strategic leadership of all programs designed to promote the internationalization of the University. The Director will be expected to develop a strategic plan for international student recruitment and retention, and coordinate International Program Office activities with other Academic Affairs units. The Director will be responsible for: recruiting international students as well as negotiating exchange agreements with institutions; assisting faculty with the internationalization of the curriculum; promoting study abroad programs; managing budgets; supervising staff; developing and overseeing policies and procedures governing international studies and programs; supervising legal aspects of institutional SEVIS compliance; and planning the development, implementation, and management of international projects and programs.

Qualifications
The successful candidate must possess a master’s degree; five years of international programs experience; experience with international admissions and student recruitment and Department of Homeland Security regulations; excellent oral and written English communication skills; budget creation and financial analysis skills; experience in managing exchange and study abroad programs.

Application and Deadline
To apply for this position go to https://employme.nmu.edu and submit a staff application, cover letter, and resume by March 16, 2012.

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Conferences

April 26-27, 2012
Institute of International Education
1400 K St, NW
Washington, DC

Early Bird Registration Deadline: March 15, 2012

The need for globally minded and competent Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) professionals has been documented repeatedly in recent years. International internships and work abroad programs provide a means of addressing this need that meet the education and curriculum demands placed on our technical students. Yet few schools have established such programs or have strong mechanisms for integrating them into the STEM curriculum.

A coalition of education abroad professionals at IIE, NAFSA’s Work, Internship and Volunteer Abroad (WIVA) Subcommittee, and UC-San Diego is offering a 1-½ day workshop targeted to STEM faculty and staff, career services professionals, and education abroad professionals. The workshop addresses internship and work abroad programs in the STEM fields, specifically creating, maintaining, funding, and assessing these programs. In addition, this workshop provides a venue for networking between existing and nascent efforts.

For more information and to register, please visit: www.iie.org/Who-We-Are/News-and-Events/Events/2012/STEM-Internships-Workshop.

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May 11-12, 2012
Hyatt Regency Trinidad
Republic of Trinidad & Tobago
Registration Deadline: March 30, 2012

The Institute of International Education, in partnership with the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, is convening the inaugural 2012 T&T NGO Professionals Conference at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad on May 11-12, 2012. Funded by the JB Fernandes Memorial Trust I, this two-day conference is for NGO, CBO, and civil society professionals working within Trinidad and Tobago to meet, network, and share best practices.

Conference attendees will be inspired through informative sessions focused on fundraising and grant writing, marketing/PR, social media, strategic planning, evaluation and succession planning. There will also be opportunities to network via themed coffee breaks and "Birds of a Feather" lunches.

Registration is by organization and not by person. This means that more than one person from an organization can attend the conference as long as they do not attend sessions during the same time period. Your organization will receive only one conference pass, which needs to be visible to attend sessions. Only one person at a time from an organization can wear the pass. This ensures that different people from the same organization can attend the conference, but not at the same time.

For more information, please visit: www.iie.org/ttngoconference. For questions, please contact: ttngoconference@iie.org.

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Tying It All Together: Internationalization, Excellence, Funding and the Social Dimension in Higher Education
Helsinki, Finland
June 10-12, 2012

Internationalization and mobility are high on the agenda these days. But what is its relationship to other important concerns in the tertiary sector? Does internationalization reinforce the pursuit of excellence, or does excellence generate internationalization? How does internationalization relate to social concerns? Is a socially inclusive university also automatically an "internationalized" one? What is the relationship between mobility and internationalization and the funding of higher education? Can only rich universities be truly international? Or can universities become rich through internationalization?

These are some of the questions at the center of this year’s Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) Annual Conference. The 2012 Annual Conference will be organized in collaboration with ACA's Finnish member CIMO, and will take place in Helsinki. The conference brings together a select group of leading thinkers. They will address, from a multiplicity of perspectives, the potential synergies between four hotly debated issues in global higher education: internationalization and mobility, excellence, funding, and the social dimension. In addressing these issues, the conference will take a "holistic view" and explore their relevance to one another.

The full program, along with registration information, can be found at www.aca-secretariat.be/index.php?id=561.

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Promoting Higher Education Internationalization through International Research Collaborations, Partnerships and Innovative Teaching
August 29–September 1, 2012
Cape Town, South Africa

The proposed topics for the 16th Annual IEASA (International Education Association of South Africa) Conference include: examples of successful research collaborations and partnerships; internationalization at home; policy environments for internationalization; the role of donors, governments, and government agencies in promoting internationalization; internationalization and quality assurance; the role of graduate business schools in the internationalization of higher education; the impact and value of international students in higher education; and research into international education.

For more information, please visit www.ieasa2012.cmc-uct.co.za/ or contact deidre.raubenheimer@uct.ac.za.

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Deadlines

Proposal Deadline: March 12, 2012

Accredited U.S. higher education institutions are invited to submit proposals to host the on-campus portion of the Spring 2012 EducationUSA Training Institute (May 6-12, 2012). In addition to reimbursement for adviser expenses (lodging, food, transportation, materials), campus hosts will receive an honorarium of $6,000. Visit the EducationUSA website for more information and to download the host campus application.

About the EducationUSA Training Institute
The EducationUSA Training Institute is an intensive training and professional development program designed to provide EducationUSA advisers with the knowledge and skills needed to enhance their effectiveness and build professional competency. Each two-week EducationUSA Training Institute is comprised of a Washington, DC-based workshop and an on-campus training element.

The on-campus portion of the EducationUSA Training Institute: Essentials of Advising (Level 1) program will take place May 6-12. The Level 1 program is designed for new advisers and will build on regional and online training. The program will provide advisers with foundational knowledge of key topics such as: EducationUSA as a public diplomacy tool; history, structure, and diversity of the U.S. higher education system; international student admissions and financial aid procedures; and an introduction to resources available to support advisers in their work. Advisers will gain skills in student advising, advising center management, networking, and marketing and outreach.

Host Campus Responsibilities
In close collaboration with EducationUSA staff, host campuses will design and carry out the on-campus portion of the training program. Campus responsibilities include securing faculty and staff to deliver training sessions, providing on-campus meeting space and other facilities, and arranging all program logistics, including lodging, meals, and transportation.

For more information and to download the application, visit:
www.educationusa.info/conferences/workshop/professional_development/.

Proposal Deadline: March 12, 2012

Questions about the program, hosting responsibilities, or the host campus application should be directed to Matt Washburn, Program Officer, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, washburnmp@state.gov.

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Student Application Deadline: February 15, 2012
Adviser Endorsement Deadline: February 22, 2012

Freeman-ASIA provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Applicants should have a minimum 2.8 GPA. The program's goal is to increase the number of Americans with firsthand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures. Awards of up to $3,000 are available for summer programs.

The online application for fall 2012 and academic year 2012-13 programs will open on February 22, 2012. Award amounts range from a maximum of $5,000 for a semester/quarter program to a maximum of $7,000 for an academic year program.

For more information, eligibility requirements, and the online application, please visit: www.iie.org/freeman-asia.

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Partnerships

Application Deadline: March 29, 2012

The Norwegian Partnership Program for Collaboration in Higher Education with North America (the Partnership Program) is a program for cooperation in higher education with the United States and Canada. The program is funded through the Ministry of Education and Research’s North America Strategy for Higher Education Cooperation (2012-2015). The program is administered by the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Higher Education (SIU).

Who May Apply?
Norwegian institutions of higher education are invited to apply for funds related to higher education collaboration with institutions in the U.S. and Canada. Projects should be faculty-initiated and endorsed by the leadership of the institutions.

How to Apply?
Interested faculty at Norwegian institutions of higher education should submit applications to SIU, based on proposals jointly prepared by the collaborating institutions. All proposals must include objectives, activities, work plans, budget requirements, and reflections on the sustainability and risk factors of the project/cooperation.

Applications must be submitted through SIUs administrative system for applications and reporting, Espresso. The final deadline for applications is March 29, 2012 at 3pm Norwegian time.

For more information, please visit
http://siu.no/eng/Front-Page/Programme-information/North-America/Partnership-Program-with-North-America.

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Deadline: April 1, 2012

The Government of Georgia (GoG) is seeking Expressions of Interest from higher education institutions (HEIs) regarding proposed investments in technical/vocational and higher science, technology, and engineering education within the framework of developing a second grant with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). MCC is a U.S. Government economic development corporation created in 2004. The GoG intends to prepare and co-finance an investment package that addresses the following medium- and long-term objectives:

  • Qualitative improvement of human capital quality at secondary and tertiary levels, specifically an improved Georgian labor force in priority areas, in response to private sector needs.
  • Provision of a steady supply of high-quality technicians and professionals for companies operating in Georgia in order to boost company productivity and growth.
  • Increased employment opportunities and salaries for Georgians possessing market-driven skills.
  • Increased economic growth and reduced poverty in Georgia.

With these objectives in mind, the GoG and MCC are requesting information and Expressions of Interest from HEIs or consortia of HEIs including accredited universities, colleges, or private sector partners to deliver high-quality, English-language degree, certificate, and diploma level programs in Georgia. The GoG and MCC seek cost-effective and innovative delivery of training and education programs that meet the needs of the Georgian labor market.

Further details and full Request for Expression of Interest can be obtained by registering at eoi@geo.gov.ge. The deadline for Expressions of Interest is April 1, 2012.

For more information, please visit: www.georgia.gov.ge/pdf/2012_02_13_18_17_49_1.pdf.

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