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Findings from a recently released survey by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) on international graduate admissions trends indicate that offers of admission from U.S. graduate schools to prospective international students increased 11 percent from 2010 to 2011. The 11 percent gain, which is up from three percent the previous year, is the largest increase in offers of admission since 2006.

The survey indicates that the growth was fueled predominantly by a 23 percent increase in offers of admission to prospective students from China. There was also a 16 percent increase in offers of admission to students from the Middle East and Turkey, and an 8 percent increase in offers of admission to students from India, the first gain since 2007.

To download a copy of the report, please visit: www.cgsnet.org/portals/0/pdf/R_IntlAdm11_II.pdf.

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The Institute of International Education is pleased to announce the launch of the IIE Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives (WLI). This Center provides opportunities for women worldwide to pursue higher education and participate in cutting-edge training, professional development, and exchange programs. Through the Center’s programs, women develop and join networks of peers, mentors, and experts, and serve as effective leaders in the public and private sectors around the world.

In partnership with nonprofit, education, business, and government sectors, the programs of the IIE Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives offer short-term training, workshops, mentorships, and higher education opportunities for women, and build the capacity of local organizations, experts, leaders, and trainers, which leads to sustainable long-term impact. Moreover, these programs provide technical assistance and resources to build locally-driven networks through which women can mobilize around issues of mutual interest and engage in activities to advance their goals.

For more information, please visit www.iie.org/women.

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IIENetworker, the magazine of the Institute of International Education's membership association (IIENetwork), is an in-depth resource that allows international education professionals to share experiences and knowledge and strengthen professional practice. IIENetworker publishes pieces on all aspects of international education in the United States and around the world and features resources and articles that deal with everyday practice.

Readers are now able to view all past issues of the IIENetworker magazine online in an easy-to-navigate flipbook format, as well as conveniently search the archives for relevant key words and authors.

For access to the archive, please visit: www.naylornetwork.com/iie-nxt/index.asp.

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Conferences

EducationUSA College Fair in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region
October 13-15, 2011
Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan Region

Registration Deadline: September 9, 2011

Accredited U.S. colleges and universities are invited to participate in the first ever EducationUSA College Fair in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region. The fair will take place in the city of Erbil from October 13-15, 2011. With the goal of increasing the number of Iraqi Kurdish students at colleges and universities in the U.S., this fair will provide you with an opportunity to talk directly with many interested scholarship students and their parents and share with them the programs and academic options available at your institution. We encourage you to take part in this unique recruiting opportunity that will give your institution maximum exposure to qualified students from the Iraqi Kurdistan Region who are interested in pursuing studies in the United States.

The Kurdistan Regional Government recently announced the launch of the Human Capacity Development Program (HCDP), a major new scholarship program with an annual budget of $100 million. This program provides thousands of students with the opportunity to study at universities around the world. The scholarship program is only for graduate students, many of whom will need conditional admission. Currently, 1,000 students have been awarded the scholarships and are ready to go to the U.S., but need to be accepted to U.S. institutions. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Scholarship Program will open the next round of scholarships in August (to accept applications) and award another 1,000 scholarships in September. Other ministries of the Kurdistan Regional Government (in addition to the Ministry of Higher Education) are expected to award 1,000 scholarships to their employees.

In addition, scholarship recipients from the other official scholarship programs can be expected to attend the Fair in Erbil. The Ministry of Higher Education in Baghdad and The Higher Committee for Education Development (HCED) in Iraq have awarded scholarships to students across the country.

The EducationUSA College Fair is an excellent opportunity for you to recruit scholarship students from the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.

For more information and to register, please go to:
www.educationusa.info/conferences/fairs/erbil/

For more information, please contact Svet Trocheva, Program Manager, Institute of International Education (strocheva@iie.org or 212-984-5367), or Kristen Cammarata, Regional Educational Advising Coordinator (REAC): kcammarata@educationusa.info.

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November 11-12, 2011
New Delhi, India

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce (FICCI) is organizing its seventh annual Higher Education Summit on November 11 & 12, 2011. The main features of the Summit include the Conference, Exhibition, One-to-One Meetings, and Master Classes. The Summit convenes key policy makers, higher education representatives, and corporate leaders at both the national and international level for deliberation, knowledge sharing, the identification of policy and practice imperatives, and action plans for the future.

For additional information, including how to register, please visit www.ficci-hes.com or email education@ficci.com.

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June 12-15, 2012
The University of California, Berkeley

The 6th Global Internship Conference (GIC) will be held June 12-15, 2012, at the University of California, Berkeley campus. The purpose of the GIC is to gather parties related to international and domestic internships for college and university students.

The goal of this annual Conference is to discuss the challenges that face the growing industry of the internship and share best practices in order to create the best possible experience for the students and their families. The Conference will explore the current debates such as paid and unpaid placements, academic credit, and the role of company recruiters. Attendance will be comprised of university career professionals, college internship liaison officers, academics, third-party internship providers, HR professionals from private and public industries, governmental representatives, and students from the Berkeley and San Francisco area.

For more information, please visit: www.cvent.com/events/global-internship-conference/event-summary-ca89f68e590d4b5e9f761749f082fac8.aspx?i=a8a82d00-67cd-4466-89c2-cd550cc06836

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Deadlines

The final deadlines to complete the Open Doors International Student Census for Fall 2010 and the U.S. Study Abroad Survey for the 2009/10 academic year are approaching:

  • Final deadline for International Student Census: August 31, 2011
  • Final deadline for U.S. Study Abroad Survey: September 9, 2011

In addition to the comprehensive surveys above, in the coming months IIE will begin conducting its annual fall snapshot surveys for international student enrollment during Fall 2011 (in cooperation with seven other U.S. higher education associations) and U.S. study abroad during the 2010/11 academic year (in partnership with the Forum on Education Abroad).

The Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange is supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and has long been regarded as the authoritative source for statistical data on student flows into and out of the U.S. IIE appreciates the efforts of the dedicated professionals at each U.S. institution who assist us by completing the surveys each year.

If you have any questions about the surveys, please email iieresearch@iie.org or call (212) 984-5348.

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March 13-15, 2012
The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London

Deadline for Submitting Proposals: September 16, 2011, at 17:00 BST.

The proposition of the Going Global 2012 conference is that education has the ability to shape and connect the lives of people around the world. But doing this would require us to radically rethink the nature of our universities and colleges. Just how radical must that vision be? Are traditional institutions equipped to create this new reality or does it call for freer and more dynamic thinking? How can we move from vision to reality?

The conference will focus on three key themes: the future world, the connected world, and winners and losers. The British Council welcomes proposals from around the world for the conference. The deadline for submitting a proposal is: Friday, September 16, 2011, at 17:00 BST.

For more information, please download the Going Global newsletter at http://bit.ly/qwiyau.

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Partnerships

The College Board is pleased to announce a new opportunity for accredited U.S. institutions and higher education associations to participate in a 10-12 day delegation to the People’s Republic of China. Sponsored and fully funded for up to 12 participants by the U.S. Department of State, the trip will include visits to national secondary schools and universities in collaboration with EducationUSA.

Participants will deliver information sessions and workshops for students, families, and educators across the country to explain the U.S. higher education admission process and to discuss academic programs and exchange initiatives. An orientation will be held in Beijing, followed by travel to central Chinese cities (cities are TBD, but will not include Shanghai).

Program Dates

The tentative timeframe for travel is early-mid November 2011, with departure to the U.S. no later than November 22. Please note the potential conflicts with meetings of APLU, CIEE, and several NAFSA regional conferences (I, IV, VI, X, XI, XII) during this period.

Eligibility

Accredited U.S. higher education institutions and higher education associations are eligible to apply. Applicants must be aware of the role of EducationUSA advising; applications from representatives of campuses or organizations that have hosted EducationUSA advisers are especially welcome. Participants in the September 2010 EducationUSA Working Group on China are not eligible.

Application Deadline: September 9, 2011

To receive application information, email EducationUSA@collegeboard.org (subject line: "China delegation"). The application will be sent out as soon as it becomes available.

For information about the fall 2010 delegations to Peru and Ecuador, Cyprus and Turkey, and South Africa and Nigeria, please visit: http://connection-collegeboard.org/home/international/676-african-delegation.

To read about the December 2009 delegation visit to Indonesia, go to: http://connection-collegeboard.com/home/international/225-indonesia.

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Study Abroad

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, will be offering Guidance Sessions on August 24th for students to have all questions about the Program answered. Fulbright Program Advisers are also welcome to attend. Sessions will be held at the Institution of International Education in New York City and videoconferenced to IIE's regional centers in Washington DC, Chicago, Denver, Houston, and San Francisco. To attend a Guidance Session at one of the regional centers, please contact that center directly to make a reservation. Since space is limited at IIE regional centers, reservations are required. Space is not limited at the IIE New York office; however, an RSVP is required to enter the building for evening sessions.

To find out where to attend the Guidance Sessions, please go to: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/thinking_faq_qanda.php?id=516.

For information on how to make a reservation, please visit the following link and then click on the regional center where you would like to attend: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/home.html.

The Fulbright Program also offers webinars for campus-based Fulbright Program Advisers (FPAs) to help guide them through the process of getting the maximum quality out of Fulbright U.S. Student Program applications. On August 25th (2:30-4:00 PM ET), FPAs are encouraged to join an informational webinar – Resources for FPAs and Campus Interview Basics – with Jody Dudderar, who will give advice and answer questions from FPAs.

Register now: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/319375578.

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