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The Institute of International Education announces the call for nominations for the 2011 Henry Kaufman Prize. Created by IIE's Board of Trustees in honor of the 90th anniversary of the Institute's founding, the Prize recognizes Dr. Henry Kaufman, IIE's Chairman Emeritus, for over 25 years of outstanding service as a Trustee of IIE.

Under Henry Kaufman's leadership, IIE has expanded its work to more countries and launched a number of new initiatives, such as the Scholar Rescue Fund, which provides fellowships for established scholars whose lives and work are threatened in their home countries. The Kaufman Prize recognizes that international education is critical to promoting international understanding and seeks to honor those who have taken it upon themselves to promote the cause.

The Prize will be awarded annually to honor a national leader or public official for his or her work in promoting and developing international education at the tertiary level. Such efforts may include, but are not limited to, the following activities:

  • Founding study abroad programs or international institutions of higher education
  • Facilitating the exchange of international students for the purpose of mutual understanding
  • Developing policy that increases the potential for study abroad
  • Aiding threatened scholars to escape persecution

2010 Prize Recipient

The first recipient of the Henry Kaufman Prize was Dr. Fasli Jalal, Vice Minister of National Education to the Republic of Indonesia, for his outstanding contributions to the field of international education in Indonesia and throughout the world. Dr. Jalal has demonstrated a strong commitment to strengthening the educational relationship between the U.S. and Indonesia. To encourage the expansion of bilateral programs in higher education, he established joint science and technology research priorities and helped to build capacity at higher institutions in Indonesia to promote U.S. studies. In addition, Dr. Jalal is a co-founder and co-chair for the Joint U.S.-Indonesia Council for Higher Education Partnership, which was formed last year by five U.S. nongovernmental organizations and higher education leaders in Indonesia. The founding U.S. organizations are the Institute of International Education, APLU, the U.S.-Indonesia Society (USINDO), the East-West Center, and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

As Vice Minister of National Education, Dr. Jalal has also supported a $1 million scholarship program for Papuans to study at the graduate level in the U.S. in order to enhance the quality of educators in Papua. He has helped to facilitate several other international education initiatives for Indonesians as well, including a program for Chinese teachers to teach Chinese language at Indonesian universities, and a program for Indonesian students to study abroad in the Netherlands. Dr. Jalal was appointed Vice Minister of National Education to the Republic of Indonesia in January 2010. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Director General for Non-Formal Education and Youth, the Director General for Quality Improvement of Teacher and Education Personnel, and the Director General for Higher Education.

Prize

The winner will receive a specially struck medal and a diploma presented at IIE’s headquarters in New York City in acknowledgment for his or her efforts and achievements in advancing international education.

Jury

The selection will be made by a jury comprised of college and university presidents serving on IIE’s Board and other Trustees. The Chairman of the Jury is Dr. Henry A. Kissinger.

Nomination Procedure

To nominate, please submit a letter explaining how the individual has promoted international education while serving as a public official or national leader. You may also include news articles pertaining to the nominee and his or her efforts to promote international education. Please be sure to include your full name and contact information in your letter of nomination. Nominees must currently hold, or previously have held, a position as a national leader or public official including, but not limited to:

  • Head of State
  • Minister of Education
  • Governor
  • Mayor

Nominations are welcome from government officials, journalists, and leaders in academia, business, and philanthropy from all nations.

Nominations are due by September 15, 2011.

The nomination letter should be posted or emailed directly to:
IIEKaufmanPrize@iie.org

Henry Kaufman Prize Committee
c/o Dr. Allan E. Goodman
Institute of International Education
809 United Nations Plaza, 9th Floor
New York, New York 10017

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IIE is pleased to announce the publication of "Building Sustainable U.S.-Ethiopian University Partnerships: Findings from a Higher Education Conference," a new White Paper produced by the Institute of International Education with support from the Embassy of the United States in Ethiopia.

This White Paper serves as a useful follow-up to the December 2010 conference in Addis Ababa, which brought together higher education administrators and faculty from the U.S. and Ethiopia to consider the mutual interests that tertiary institutions in both countries have in forming greater linkages. It provides the texts of conference remarks by Ethiopian Minister of Education Demeke Mekonnen and U.S. Ambassador Donald E. Booth, a summary of the pre-conference survey results, and general outcomes and recommendations.

It also addresses ways that U.S. and Ethiopian higher learning institutions can expand capacity to develop partnerships, and how these institutions can build on their respective strengths. Finally, this IIE White Paper includes a useful appendix with extensive information about each participating Ethiopian institution, including their areas of interest for U.S. partnerships and contact information.

To download a free copy of the report, please visit: www.iie.org/en/Research-and-Publications/Publications-and-Reports/IIE-Bookstore/Building-Sustainable-Ethiopia-Partnerships 

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A new fellowship program from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) will enable 48 exceptionally talented graduate students from 22 countries to devote their full attention to research at a critical time during their professional development as scientists.

Offered for the first time this year, the International Student Research Fellowships will support science and engineering students during their third, fourth, and fifth year of graduate school.

 The International Student Research Fellowships build on HHMI's commitment to funding international scientists. This fall, HHMI will select up to 35 International Early Career Scientists to help talented individuals who have trained in the U.S. establish independent research programs in 18 countries where funding for scientific support is scarce. In collaboration with the University of KwaZulu-Natal, HHMI has also founded the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV, which is dedicated to using basic science to find better treatments and diagnostics for TB and HIV. HHMI has committed $60 million to the project, including a building that is currently under construction on the campus of UKZN's Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine in Durban, South Africa.

Click here for the full fellowship announcement.

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"The Future of Afghan-U.S. Relations: Development, Investment, and Cultural Exchange"

In May 2011, the Hollings Center for International Dialogue convened a three-day Next-Generation Dialogue entitled: "The Future of Afghan-U.S. Relations: Development, Investment, and Cultural Exchange." Held in Istanbul, Turkey, the dialogue brought together a select group of Americans and Afghans, including development practitioners, international organization and NGO officials, private sector executives, think-tank representatives, and government advisors. They attempted to answer such questions as: What can the United States hope to achieve in partnership with Afghanistan in the coming years? What is the current state of Afghanistan’s development and private sectors and how can their success stories be replicated?

This report presents a snapshot of the dialogue and concludes with implications that policymakers, practitioners, and private-sector individuals may find essential for the future of U.S.-Afghan relations.

For more information and to download the report, visit: www.hollingscenter.org/reports.

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Conferences

"21st-Century Vision: Igniting Innovation"

April 21-24, 2012
Orlando, Florida

Proposal deadline: September 26, 2011

This year's American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) convention theme is "21st-Century Vision: Igniting Innovation." AACC welcomes individuals, professionals, and/or groups committed to supporting, promoting, and advancing U.S. community colleges to submit a proposal to present a session or for an associated convention event. This is a chance to share promising practices, emerging trends, and lessons learned with colleagues in higher education. AACC is especially interested in progressive concepts that may help meet the challenges of the coming decades.

For additional information or to submit a convention proposal, please visit aacc.confex.com/aacc/2012am/cfp.cgi.

Please direct questions to Wayne Wheeler at wwheeler@aacc.nche.edu or Michael Allen at mallen@aacc.nche.edu.

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Deadlines

Deadline: August 29th, 2011

The Institute of International Education is currently preparing the 2012 edition of its annual directory, Funding for United States Study: A Guide for International Students and Professionals, the print companion to IIE's online search engine at www.fundingusstudy.org.

With more than 500 hundred grant and scholarship listings, Funding for United States Study is the most comprehensive directory on finding funding for study in the United States. It features detailed descriptions of grants, fellowships, and scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study, and doctoral and postdoctoral research in the United States. All listings are free of charge and provide an excellent opportunity to publicize your institution's programs.

How to Update/Add Listings:

For institutions whose listings appeared in the previous year's directory, we ask that you verify and update your listings and contact information by clicking on the link below. You may also add new listings. Institutions whose listings did not appear in previous years' directories can add their scholarships or grants that are available for international students also by clicking on the link below.

To edit or add listings, please visit: www.fundingusstudy.org/OVS/login0.asp
With questions, please contact Luke Epplin, Publications Manager, at lepplin@iie.org.

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September 17 - October 9: Japan, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Thailand
November 4 - 14: India (fairs in five cities with school visits; fairs offered in partnership with the U.S.-India Educational Foundation)

Extended Registration Deadline: August 19, 2011
Extended Payment Deadline: August 29, 2011

Fair Highlights

  • Popular, well-known events: Since 1982, IIE fairs have brought together countless students from Asia and U.S. college representatives. IIE's trusted U.S. Higher Education fairs offer 14 fairs in six key countries in Asia, which send more students to the U.S. than any other region.
  • Insights into local markets: IIE fairs include nuanced briefings for admissions representatives that offer context and insights on local higher education trends and student aspirations, enabling you to convert prospective students into solid leads and applications.
  • Custom recruitment schedules: IIE fairs are carefully planned to ensure flexibility and opportunity. Fairs only take place in cities and countries that send significant numbers of students to the U.S., or show incredible growth potential. Participants often combine IIE fairs with alumni events, school visits, and other activities.

Other Opportunities

  • Alumni representation: Save on international travel costs by asking local alumni to represent your institution at the IIE fairs.
  • Literature-only: Can't travel? Simply send us your brochures and materials and we will distribute them at the fair for you.

LAST CHANCE: Advertise in Study America – this popular guidebook is distributed free of charge at all IIE fairs and includes useful articles and information that can be used year-round by students. Make sure you get noticed by thousands of students across Asia by placing an ad today! For more information, please visit www.iiehongkong.org/ufair/.

Country Profiles

Please visit www.iiehongkong.org/ufair/ for detailed information, including fair schedule and local market trends.

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Partnerships

Oman's Ministry of Higher Education is currently administering His Majesty's Scholarship Fund, set up by the Sultan to provide 1,500 merit-based undergraduate scholarships for students who graduated from high school in June 2011. Five hundred of those scholarships have been allocated for the U.S., and will be repeated every year, for a total of 2,500 students in the coming years.

The EducationUSA office based in AMIDEAST/Oman is assisting the Ministry with finding four-year universities and colleges (with housing or campus-supervised homestays) that would be interested in considering applications from scholarship students in the near future. Universities and colleges that can offer cost-sharing will be given preference by the Ministry as it awards the scholarships.

All students are seeking a January 2012 start date, either for an IELP or an academic program. Additional details follow:

  • Scholarships will cover five years, including a one-year IELP if required. (Most scholarship recipients are expected to require an IELP. Those who do not require an IELP will prepare for the TOEFL iBT and SAT, if required, during Fall 2011.)
  • Students who are designated to receive scholarships to the U.S. are the top performers of all scholarship recipients, as determined by their high school exam results; they are required to have four As in relevant subjects, including English.

Institutions interested in accepting applications from Omani students for January admission (in an academic program or an IELP) should contact EducationUSA Advisor Katy Conrad kconrad@amideast.org for more information.

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Study Abroad

Deadline: October 1, 2011

The IIEPassport study abroad directory and companion website have been the standard for the industry for over 60 years, listing nearly 10,000 study abroad programs worldwide. IIEPassport is the premier resource for U.S. students seeking international study opportunities that meet their goals. The IIEPassport survey opens annually for program providers and requires each to review their program listings. This process ensures the integrity and quality of IIEPassport's listings. All new programs submitted will be included in the following year's edition of the IIEPassport print directory. There is no charge for listing your program in IIEPassport. Advertising opportunities are also available.

Update your IIEPassport study abroad listing today to ensure it will be published in the 2012 print edition. To update your listings, please visit www.iiepassport.org, where you will find links to update and add new programs at the bottom of the home page. If your programs are not currently listed in the IIEPassport study abroad directory, please contact the editor at editor@iiepassport.org.

To update your listings, please visit www.iiepassport.org.
Questions and comments may be sent to: editor@iiepassport.org.

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An article in FoxBusiness.com reports that beyond the more than 260,000 students who studied abroad for academic credit at a U.S. college or university, more than 40,000 American students enrolled in higher education institutions outside of the U.S. for full degree programs. These numbers come from a report that will be issued by the Institute of International Education later this summer. Discussing the factors that U.S. students should keep in mind while pursuing a degree abroad, Dr. Allan E. Goodman, the President and CEO of IIE, recommended that students educate themselves about the countries in which they would like to study, and talk with individuals who have completed degrees abroad.

For the full article, please visit: www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2011/08/08/go-to-college-outside-us/

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Mody Institute of Technology & Science (MITS), located in Rajasthan province in northwest India, is offering a study program for foreign students, "India Rising." The course seeks to provide a basic understanding of Indian society, its cultural heritage, and its growing importance in global affairs. The interdisciplinary program focuses on socio-political issues and the evolution of India as a superpower nation in the Asian region.

MITS seeks to be an institute of professional learning comparable to the best in the world, with special commitment to women's education and Indian cultural heritage.

For more information, click here.

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