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"Brazil-U.S.: Partnership for the 21st Century," a daylong conference hosted by The Embassy of Brazil in Washington, DC, took place on April 9, 2012. The program focused on relations between Brazil and the United States in a number of strategic areas, including trade and investment, energy, and higher education. Her Excellency Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil, and Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State, attended the event.

Dr. Allan Goodman, President and CEO of the Institute of International Education, spoke on a panel that highlighted the Brazil-U.S. partnerships in higher education and the new Science Without Borders Program, a scholarship program for Brazilian students focusing on the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) to study at the world's best universities.

IIE has been working closely with CAPES, the Brazilian federal agency Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior, and with CNPq, Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico, an organization within the Ministry of Science and Technology, to place the Science Without Borders undergraduate students at U.S. universities. Approximately 650 Brazilian undergraduate students arrived in the United States beginning this January, to study at U.S. campuses with funding from Science Without Borders. IIE expects the number of host campuses to double in the coming year, when an additional 1,500 students arrive for programs beginning in summer or fall 2012.

For more information, please click here. Related materials issued during the visit of President Dilma Rousseff to the United States include the White House Fact Sheet and the Department of State Fact Sheet.

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Valuing Study Abroad: The Global Mandate for Higher Education, a new briefing paper published by IIE’s Center for Academic Mobility Research, presents the remarks that Scott Freidheim, the Chief Executive Officer, Europe, for Investcorp International, and member of IIE’s Board of Trustees, gave at the British Academy’s International Conference in London in March 2012. Freidheim discussed the U.S. perspective on study abroad and included data and trends from the Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, which show that fewer than two percent of U.S. students study abroad each year, and the majority of these do so for short-term programs rather than for a year or semester abroad. He also commented on opportunities for encouraging more students to study abroad.

In addition to Freidheim’s remarks, this briefing paper includes excerpts of the British Academy and UCML position statement, as well as additional data on the landscape of study abroad.

To download the briefing paper, please visit: www.iie.org/Research-and-Publications/Publications-and-Reports/IIE-Bookstore/Valuing-Study-Abroad.

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On the U.S. Department of State’s blog, Fabiola Rodriguez-Ciampoli, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, recounts how her Fulbright scholarship to the United States changed the course of her life. As she notes, "study abroad enhances our understanding of other cultures, provides an enlightening perspective on our home country, and builds partnerships that foster progress toward greater prosperity, economic equality, and sustainability."

To read the full blog post, please visit: http://blogs.state.gov/index.php/site/entry/promoting_educational_exchange.

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An op-ed in The Guardian by Rajika Bhandari, the deputy vice president of research and evaluation at the Institute of International Education, argues that experts and practitioners in the fields of international education and international development need to communicate with each other more often in order to shape "the next generation's thinking about how their learning can help solve some of the world's most endemic problems." Bhandari notes that there are particular programs that are attempting to bridge the divide between these two fields, including the Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program and Engineers without Borders.

To read the full op-ed, please visit: www.guardian.co.uk/higher-education-network/blog/2012/apr/10/internationalisation-joined-up-international-development.
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Application Deadline: April 30, 2012

Knowledgeable about doctoral study in the EU? Apply to be a PromoDoc Ambassador!

PromoDoc, a European Union-supported initiative, is seeking 25 Ambassadors to increase awareness of doctoral-level study in Europe. Over a 13-month period, PromoDoc Ambassadors will serve as resources to prospective U.S. and Canadian students, advising students on life in Europe and on selecting, applying for, and enrolling in doctoral programs.

Specifically, PromoDoc seeks applicants who possess:

  • A doctoral degree
  • Deep knowledge of doctoral education in Europe
  • Knowledge of the modern European Union
  • A willingness to serve as a resource to prospective U.S. and Canadian students interested in pursuing doctoral-level study in Europe
  • Enthusiasm and motivation
  • Close links to higher education in the U.S. or Canada, fostering access to U.S. and Canadian students.
  • A willingness to research and help advise students on doctoral program opportunities in the EU.

Applicants can be any nationality, and must be based in the U.S. or Canada from September 2012-October 2013 and available to attend a training session in New York City on September 27-28, 2012 (travel costs and lodging expenses will be reimbursed). Ambassadors receive an honorarium of 1200€ for the services provided.

The application deadline is April 30.

To download the application and for more information about the PromoDoc Ambassadors Network, visit: www.promodoc.eu/ambassadors-network.

With questions, please email ambassadors@promodoc.eu.

PromoDoc is supported by the Erasmus Mundus Program of the European Union and implemented by Campus France, DAAD, Nuffic, British Council, Eurodoc, and the Institute of International Education. For more information about PromoDoc, please visit www.promodoc.eu.

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Higher education institutions in the United States are welcome to nominate ten candidates for enrollment in graduate programs at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi. Students' applications will be evaluated by Masdar Institute's academic selection committee. Nominated students must meet the admission criteria: a relevant undergraduate degree in the fields of science, engineering, or computing and information science; a minimum GPA score of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; GRE scores (quantitative is 155 on the new scale), and international TOEFL (minimum required is 91 IBT) or academic IELTS score (minimum required is 6.5).

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology is a world-class research-driven, graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technology. Developed by the Government of Abu Dhabi with the support and collaboration of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Masdar Institute operates in close collaboration with MIT and provides a research and science environment that attracts and nurtures future leaders and critical thinkers in science and technology worldwide.

The Institute currently offers eight accredited master's degrees in the following programs: mechanical engineering, materials science and engineering, water and environmental engineering, computing and information science, engineering systems and management, electrical power engineering, microsystems engineering, and chemical engineering. Qualified admitted students receive a full scholarship. In addition to the degree awarded by Masdar Institute, graduating students may also receive a certificate jointly signed by MIT.

Please send your nominated applicants to the Masdar Institute registrar at registrar@masdar.ac.ae. They will be contacted directly regarding their applications for fall 2012. For more details on the academic programs, admission criteria, and application procedure, please visit www.masdar.ac.ae.
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Conferences
Fall 2012 marks the 30th consecutive year that the Institute of International Education (IIE) will host the U.S. Higher Education Fairs. From September 18 until November 11, 2012, IIE will host 14 fairs in China, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The IIE Higher Education Fair series provides a unique opportunity for accredited U.S. colleges and universities to expand their presence throughout Asia. School representatives will interact face-to-face with thousands of qualified students, expand academic exchanges by partnering with local universities and colleges, and network with local government higher education officials and U.S. consulate staff.

Students and parents will have an opportunity to ask important questions, evaluate various schools and their academic programs, and begin planning their future. Last year more than 15,000 students interested in pursuing higher education in the United States attended the IIE Higher Education Fair series. Students attending IIE’s Higher Education Fair series will receive IIE’s Study America guide, a source for comprehensive information on U.S. colleges and universities and studying in the United States.

A new online registration and payment system is available at www.iie.org/fairs, a site exclusively designed to ensure institutions, students, and sponsors can access all relevant fair information. Registration is open now. For questions, please contact ufairs@iie.org.
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November 4-7, 2012
Centre Sheraton, Montréal, Québec
Early-bird Registration Deadline: September 21, 2012

The 46th Annual Conference of the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) will take place in Montreal, Quebec, on November 4-7, 2012. This conference will explore the theme: "A Fine Balance: Harmonizing International Education Policies and Practices." The CBIE conference will bring together more than 600 professionals, making it an essential meeting place for international educators and stakeholders from across Canada and the world.

For information on themes, the call for session proposals, and registration details, visit the conference website: www.cbie.ca/conference/index_e.html. You may also contact Lorena Costa at LCosta@cbie.ca.
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November 5-6, 2012
New Delhi, India

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) will organize the eighth edition of the FICCI Higher Education Summit 2012, a two-day global conference, on November 5-6, 2012, at FICCI, Federation House, New Delhi, India.

Through this Summit, FICCI will bring together key policy-makers, educationists, and industry stakeholders at both the national and international level for deliberations and knowledge sharing. Dr. Philip G. Altbach, Monan Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College, is confirmed as one of the keynote speakers.

For more details, please visit www.ficci.com/events-page.asp?evid=20957 or email education@ficci.com.
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Deadlines
Application Deadline: June 30, 2012

Applications are now available for the Australia Endeavour Awards. The Endeavour Awards is the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program providing opportunities for citizens of the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas to undertake study, research, or professional development in Australia. Awards are also available for Australians to do the same abroad. The application deadline is June 30, 2012, for awards taken up in 2013.

The Endeavour Postgraduate Awards provide financial support for high achieving students to study for a master's degree or Ph.D. in Australia. The Endeavour Postgraduate Awards are valued at AUS$118,500 for master's by coursework or research degrees and AUS$228,500 for Ph.Ds.

For more information on the Endeavour Awards, visit www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/northamerica/Scholarships-and-Funding/Endeavour-Awards/Endeavour-Postgraduate-Awards/Endeavour-Postgraduate-Awards.
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September 21, 2012
Early Registration Deadline: April 25, 2012

Berkeley Study Abroad announces that registration is now open for its 25th annual Study Abroad Fair on Friday, September 21, 2012. Fair attendees will have access to over 1,500 University of California Berkeley students who are looking for the study abroad program that best meets their needs.

The first deadline to register and take advantage of the early-bird rate of $195 is April 25, 2012. Participants are encouraged to register as early as possible, as tables will be assigned in the order that payment and insurance documentation are received.

For more information and to register, visit: https://studyabroad-prod.berkeley.edu/fair/exhibitors.php.
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Partnerships
An article in the Spring 2012 issue of IIENetworker Magazine presents a successful partnership model between Norwegian and North American institutions. The Norwegian Partnership Programme for Collaboration in Higher Education with North America "seeks to build enthusiasm and engagement by supporting joint research and teaching projects between faculty and students" in the two regions.

To read more about this model, please visit: www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/naylor/IIEB0112/index.php#/50.
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Scholar Rescue Fund
To mark its 10th anniversary this year, IIE's Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) is featuring the inspiring stories of 10 threatened scholars whose lives and academic work have been saved by the Fund. The first to be highlighted is Shemeem Abbas, who applied to SRF in 2004 after Islamic clerics at her university in Pakistan brought charges against her that included blasphemy, an offense punishable by death. Now an associate professor at SUNY-Purchase, she is an award-winning author who teaches across disciplinary boundaries, including political science, women's studies, literature and creative writing, with a research focus on women's rituals in Islamic societies.

Read her story here: www.scholarrescuefund.org/pages/ten-years/ten-scholars.php.
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An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education recounts the challenges and opportunities that higher education institutions in Iraq have faced over the past several years. In particular, institutions in Iraq are increasingly open to forming partnerships with those overseas. Jim Miller, the Executive Director of the Scholar Rescue Fund, argued: "There is more openness [in Iraq] to other countries, more interest in training programs."

To read the full article, please visit: http://chronicle.com/article/Iraqi-Universities-Reach-a/131293/.
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