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Brazil’s largest economic newspaper, Valor Economico, published an op-ed by IIE’s President and CEO Allan E. Goodman on strengthening ties between the U.S. and Brazil through higher education. Goodman noted a number of programs and initiatives that already have been enacted to fulfill President Dilma Rousseff’s goal of providing 75,000 study abroad scholarships to Brazilian students through 2014 in order to prepare Brazil’s young people to thrive in the knowledge economy. Goodman applauds the goal as an example of "brain circulation," where researchers and highly skilled workers cross borders several times in the course of their careers, creating a long-term net gain for all parties involved. As Goodman states, "The easier we make it for [students and workers] to do this, the more the world stands to gain from the international connections and networks they create."

For the full article in Portuguese, please visit: www.valor.com.br/brasil/996328/para-obter-uma-forca-de-trabalho-qualificada-e-global

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The Fall 2011 issue of International Higher Education has just been released in a newly designed and formatted electronic version. This issue includes articles on rankings, international issues, the Middle East, Africa, and financing education in Ecuador and Armenia. In addition, IIE’s Patricia Chow has contributed an article entitled, "What International Students Think about U.S. Higher Education," which pulls from a recently released report of the same name produced by IIE and available here: www.iie.org/en/Research-and-Publications/Publications-and-Reports/IIE-Bookstore/What-International-Students-Think-About-US-Higher-Education

International Higher Education is produced by the Boston College Center for International Higher Education, and is available in Spanish, Chinese, and Russian translated editions. To download the Fall 2011 issue, please visit: www.bc.edu/content/dam/files/research_sites/cihe/pdf/IHEpdfs/ihe65.pdf

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An article in University World News centered on a new report issued by the British Council’s Intelligence Unit and entitled, Online Marketing to a Global Student Audience. This report finds that the traditional use of printed university prospectuses as a means of informing international students hoping to study abroad at higher education institutions has lost its effectiveness, as students increasingly consult Internet search engines and social media such as Facebook. More and more, international students are conducting independent research on programs and institutions through online search engines and individual university websites.

According to Elizabeth Shepherd, the author of the report, "What this research shows is that universities need to develop an in-depth knowledge of Internet and social media usage in each of the countries they are targeting and tailor their digital marketing accordingly. It might mean, for instance, that they must be prepared to provide information online in the native language of the students they are aiming to engage with," Shepherd said. Nevertheless, the report emphasizes that despite the fact that prospective international students are increasingly using the Internet to inform their study options, "when it comes to making a final decision there is still no substitute for face-to-face interaction with trusted advisors or university representatives."

To read the article, please visit: www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=2011090214495385

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The QS World University Rankings for 2011/2012 were just released. Nearly 3,000 institutions were included in the latest rankings, and 712 of them feature in the results of the research. According to John O’Leary, an executive member of the QS Global Academic Advisory Board, "The outcome shows the increasingly competitive nature of global higher education, with 32 countries represented in the top 200, three more than last year."

As O’Leary notes, this year’s rankings emphasize the connection between continual investment and academic strength. "They do not measure institutional wealth, but the results show the benefit of sharply increased funding in several countries and the impact of cuts elsewhere." Over the past decade, the world’s biggest investment program in higher education has taken place in China, and as a result China has more universities in the QS World University Rankings than before. As in the past, universities were also ranked on the number of citations per faculty member and the percentages of international academics and students, along with staffing levels and academic and employer opinion.

For more information, including a list of the rankings, please visit: www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-ranking

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The Hong Kong Polytechnic University has just announced that they have won the Erasmus Mundus bid for the second year running from the European Commission. The Erasmus Mundus Mobility Programme is a large-scale global scholarly exchange initiative to enhance the quality of higher education and to promote dialogue and understanding between people and cultures through mobility and academic cooperation.

Spearheaded by the Faculty of Humanities, with the collaboration of twelve higher education institutions across Europe and South East Asia, the project "MULTI" is the first and only Erasmus Mundus mobility program offered to postgraduate students and academic staff members in South East Asia and Hong Kong.

For details, please visit: www.polyu.edu.hk/fh/MULTI/

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Conferences

7th Annual IIE Best Practices Conference
"Lead your Campus to the Top: Best Practices in Internationalizing the Campus"
March 9, 2012
New York City

IIE is pleased to announce its IIE Best Practices Conference. The event will be held on Friday, March 9th at the IIE headquarters in New York City. University presidents, provosts, deans, and other leading experts in the field will present the most successful strategies for internationalizing the campus. In addition, IIE will present the winners of the 2012 IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education.

Registration will open on December 1, 2011.

For more information about IIE's Best Practices Conferences, including presentations from this year's conference, please visit: http://www.iie.org/Who-We-Are/News-and-Events/Events/2011/Best-Practices-Conference-2011

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Deadlines

Application deadline: October 1, 2011

If your institution is seeking to develop strategic institutional partnerships with higher education institutions in Brazil, please consider participating in IIE's 2011-2012 International Academic Partnerships Program (IAPP). Following successful programs focused on India and China, the 2012 IAPP Program will engage a group of 10 U.S. higher education institutions over the course of a year in strategic planning activities focused on implementing partnerships with higher education institutions in Brazil. The program also includes participation in a delegation to Brazil.

The International Academic Partnerships Program is a core initiative of IIE's Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education and seeks to increase the number of international partnerships between higher education institutions in the U.S. and those in other countries. The IAPP program was launched in 2009 with support from the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE).

SIX CORE IAPP SERVICES

  • Strategic planning process, including guidelines for assessing on-campus international partnership capacity and developing practical strategic plans for partnership activities in Brazil.
  • Expert advice and guidance on developing or expanding a strategic plan for partnerships with Brazil by one of the members of the IAPP Brazil Advisory Group and IIE staff in the U.S. and Brazil.
  • A study tour to Brazil that will include visits to select higher education institutions, the U.S. Embassy, EducationUSA Centers, the Fulbright Commission, the Ministry of Higher Education, and other educational exchange organizations.
  • A series of training webinars, focused on topics such as implementing strategic partnerships, faculty engagement, developing a consolidated Brazil strategy, and higher education in Brazil.
  • A list of potential partner institutions in Brazil based on strategic planning goals.
  • A suite of information resources on the higher education systems in Brazil, and IIE publications and policy research reports.

IAPP PROGRAM DETAILS

LENGTH OF PROGRAM
The IAPP Brazil Program will begin in November 2011 and end in October 2012.

ELIGIBILITY
The IAPP Program is open to all accredited U.S. colleges and universities. IIE especially invites institutions that are relatively new to international activities or may have less installed capacity in international education. Participation is limited to 10 institutions.

PROGRAM FEE
IIE member institutions: $12,000 per institution
Non-members: $13,500 per institution

APPLICATION DEADLINE
The deadline for applications is October 1, 2011. Please complete the application form available online at www.iie.org/iapp.

CONTACT
Clare Banks
Program Officer, Center for International Partnerships
Institute of International Education (IIE)
Tel: +1 (212) 984-5481
Email: cbanks@iie.org
Web: www.iie.org/iapp

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Partnerships

December 4-10, 2011
Deadline for Applications: October 9th, 2011

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) invites scientists and administrators from medical schools, universities, and research institutions to participate in an educational tour on medical research and graduate education in Germany. The dates are December 4-10, 2011.

The tour will provide an overview of cutting-edge research at German universities, hospitals, research institutions, and companies, as well as of graduate education in medicine and related disciplines. Comprehensive information on funding opportunities for cooperation in education and research will also be provided. Researchers and administrators attempting to initiate close cooperation with German colleagues, either in their specific research area or at an institutional level, are strongly encouraged to apply.

DAAD is responsible for the organization and implementation of the tour, and will be at your disposal during your stay and for follow-up. All program-related costs in Germany (accommodation, travel, most meals) will be borne by DAAD. Intercontinental travel is at the participants' expense.

For additional information on the program, please visit: www.daad.org/page/sciencetour/

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Application deadline: October 15, 2011

The Institute of International Education's Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) is now accepting applications for the 2012 Community College Administrator Seminar in Russia. The application deadline is October 15, 2011.

The Community College Administrator Seminar is designed for mid- to senior-level administrators including presidents, vice presidents, provosts, deans, and other individuals with institutional authority for program development and international outreach. Candidates will discuss issues concerning the U.S. system of higher education and the role of U.S. community colleges, and will visit Russian institutions interested in the community college model. Individuals without prior professional connections to Russia and whose home institutions do not have an established partnership or affiliation with Russian institutions of higher learning are encouraged to apply. Individual applicants or their home colleges should have an interest in and the basis for continued collaboration.

For more information, please visit http://catalog.cies.org/viewAward.aspx?n=2332 or contact Zaneta Bertot at zbertot@iie.org or 202-686-4016.

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Application deadline: October 25, 2011

The U.S. Department of Education’s Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program is offering a special overseas seminar to India in October especially designed for presidents, provosts, and academic vice presidents of U.S. colleges and universities who lead the effort to establish and/or refine their institution’s international education vision and agenda. These mutual interests offer unprecedented opportunities for U.S. institutions to explore opportunities for collaboration in areas including program and curriculum development, faculty and administrator exchanges, and study abroad opportunities.

Participants will gain first-hand knowledge of a cross-section of Indian institutions of higher education and meet with high ranking university administrators and public sector officials who play a key role in the planning and administration of higher education in India. Seminar locations will include universities and colleges in New Delhi and two other major cities (to be determined), and visits to research institutes and non-governmental organizations that lend themselves as sites for higher education collaborations and exchanges between the U.S. and India.

For more information, please visit the program website at www.ed.gov/programs/iegpssap, or email the Seminars Abroad Program Coordinator, Carly Borgmeier, at Carly.Borgmeier@ed.gov.

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Study Abroad

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is pleased to announce the publication of the latest edition of the annual DAAD booklet, "Grants for Study and Research in Germany 2012/2013." This comprehensive catalog contains all of the grants that DAAD currently offers U.S. and Canadian students and scholars, and is divided into specific categories for undergraduates, graduates, Ph.D. candidates/postdocs, and faculty. The French-language edition of this booklet is also now available as an online PDF document.

DAAD is also pleased to announce the availability of their tri-fold brochures that feature the following programs:

  • Undergraduate Scholarships in Germany: All of DAAD's funding programs for undergraduate applicants.
  • RISE, RISE professional, and RISE worldwide: Research Internships in Science and Engineering programs for undergraduates (RISE) and graduate students (RISE professional) and German students in the early phases of their studies (RISE worldwide).

To order print copies or download the grants booklet as a PDF files, please visit: www.daad.org/?p=publications

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