The Brazilian government's new Science Without Borders Program will provide scholarships to undergraduate students from Brazil for one year of study at colleges and universities in the United States. Scholarships will be given primarily to students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. This is a one-year non-degree program, and students will begin their program in either the spring semester of 2012 or fall semester of 2012. It is hoped they will also engage in a summer internship. Students in the program will return to Brazil to complete their degrees.
This program, administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), is part of the Brazilian government's larger initiative to grant 100,000 scholarships for the best students from Brazil to study abroad at the world’s best universities. For more information about the program, please go to: www.iie.org/Programs/Brazil-Science-Without-Borders
Become a Host Institution
On behalf of the Government of Brazil, the Institute of International Education (IIE) is pleased to invite U.S. institutions to serve as host institutions in the Science Without Borders Undergraduate Scholarship Program. IIE will make arrangements to pay the students' tuition, room, board, and health insurance upon receipt of an invoice from each host school. IIE will also provide J-1 visa sponsorship in the student non-degree category under our exchange visitor program. Round trip transportation to/from Brazil, a monthly stipend, and book allowance will be provided to each student directly from the Brazilian government.
The requirements of a host institution are that they:
- Offer strong coursework relevant to (mostly) STEM fields
- Accept documentation through IIE, including the Common Application, TOEFL score reports, transcripts, etc.
- Are welcoming to international students by offering excellent support services, appropriate housing, meal plan, and assistance in securing internships
The deadline to submit the Host Institution Application is October 15, 2011.
For more information, or to complete the Host Institution Application, please go to:
IIE is pleased to announce that the fall 2011 edition of the IIENetworker magazine is now available. This issue of IIENetworker highlights a wide range of innovative strategies that international education professionals are implementing in areas of technology, study abroad, campus internationalization, and student recruitment. We hope that these articles help to spark creative and groundbreaking ideas at your institutions and in your programs.
IIENetwork member designees will receive a print copy in the mail. Print copies are also available for purchase at www.iiebooks.org/iienmag.html.
The digital edition is available at:
Innovative Models for Using Social Media in International Education
When the Going Gets Tough: International Recruitment amid Budget Cutbacks
Ray Wallace, California State University, East Bay
Trends in Transparency: Effects on International Student Recruitment
Cheryl Darrup-Boychuck, USjournal.com
Exploring Identity throuh Exchange: The Discover Germany—Discover USA Program
Rolf Hoffmann, German-American Fulbright Commission; and Susan Carvalho, University of Kentucky
Entrepreneurship and Innovation in International Education Development
Mark Lazar, Institute of International Education
IIENetworker University Presidents Interview Series
Angel Cabrera, Thunderbird School of Management
Past issues of IIENetworker are available in our digital edition archives:
Deadline: October 21, 2011
Once again, our group of higher education associations is jointly surveying its members/member institutions to gather data comparing this fall’s international student enrollments with last fall’s, in order to share the results with our memberships and with the public. The partner organizations are: American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), American Council on Education (ACE), Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), Institute of International Education (IIE), and NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
To update the information collected in last year’s online survey, and to supplement the more comprehensive data you provide each year to SEVIS and to Open Doors, we hope you can give us some quick and early feedback (via the online survey form) on enrollment trends so far this academic year (starting in fall 2011). By sharing this information (in aggregate form) with the international education community and the media, we hope to develop a wider understanding among the press, the general public, and policy makers at state and national levels, about how higher education institutions continue to be affected by the various factors that impact international enrollments.
To complete the survey, please go to: http://iie.vovici.net/wsb.dll/s/6cg3a4
Please respond by October 21, 2011. Please ensure that only one reply is submitted per campus.
The Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) has recently launched an entrepreneurship toolkit with helpful tips on running entrepreneurship programs. The Entrepreneurship Toolkit has been developed to help USAID Mission and U.S. Embassy officers design, implement, and monitor entrepreneurship development programs. It provides users with a wealth of information including entrepreneurship best practices, case studies, lessons learned, key questions for program design, links to development firms and USAID projects, as well as additional publications and reference materials. The toolkit is intended to be a "living" document, in that periodic revisions will be taken to ensure that information is timely and accurately reflects the ever changing entrepreneurial ecosystem.
To download the entrepreneurship toolkit, please visit: http://egateg.usaid.gov/
About the Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP)
The Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) is a U.S. Department of State-led effort to promote and spur entrepreneurship around the world. Announced by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in April 2010, the GEP highlights the Obama Administration’s commitment to use America’s entrepreneurial culture to advance entrepreneurship in emerging markets and developing countries. The program functions as an interagency team, which includes USAID, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the Millennium Challenge Corporation, among others; and is led by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Economic Affairs/Office of Commercial and Business Affairs.
For more information, please go to: www.state.gov/e/eeb/cba/entrepreneurship/gep/about/index.htm
An article in the New York Times reports that following a dip in university enrollment numbers, the Australian government has announced a major liberalization of the country’s visa program for international students. Several factors have influenced the recent decline of international student enrollment numbers in Australia, including stringent visa requirements, the global economic crisis, and the strong Australian dollar. According to the article, the new rules "will include streamlined visa processing, less burdensome financial guarantees and the introduction of a post-study work visa."
To read the complete article, please click here: www.nytimes.com/2011/10/03/world/asia/australia-sets-out-plan-to-liberalize-visas-for-foreign-students.html?_r=1
An article in The Star Online reports on Malaysia’s gradual rise as a regional education hub. Among the pull factors that the article cites as drawing international students to Malaysia are high English language proficiency, the success of recently implemented twinning programs, an updated quality assurance framework, and an attractive location and culture for Middle Eastern students. As a result of such pull factors, Malaysia is now the tenth most-preferred study destination in the world, according to the Institute of International Education, attracting more than 90,000 international students this past year.
To read the full article, please visit: http://thestar.com.my/education/story.asp?file=/2011/10/2/education/9585553&sec=education
October 6-7, 2011
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 W. 120 Street, New York, NY
This two-day conference at Columbia University’s Teachers College will analyze the development, implementation, and transformation of intercultural bilingual education across Latin America. Through presentations, panels, and discussion, participants will trace the trajectory of concepts and policies shaping intercultural bilingual education, paying special attention to the ways in which these were adapted and appropriated at local, national, and transnational levels.
The conference will also host a professional development workshop in which participants will explore comparative experiences in bilingual intercultural teacher professional development in Latin America and the United States, as well as experience and discuss practices for implementation.
The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please register at http://ibeconference.eventbrite.com.
Nomination Deadline: October 14, 2011
The Institute of International Education (IIE) invites IIE member institutions to nominate their program for the 2012 Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education.
The Heiskell Award Categories
Category 1: Internationalizing the Campus
Advancing curriculum development, fostering international opportunities, and creatively integrating international students into university life.
Category 2: Study Abroad
Providing innovative programs and services to make study abroad accessible to a broader student population.
Category 3: Best Practices in International Partnerships
Recognizing strategic, comprehensive, and innovative international partnership efforts.
Category 4: Internationalizing the Community College Campus
Creating innovative programs and services, including study abroad, to make international opportunities accessible to community college students. (IIE & AACC members are eligible to apply.)
Note: With the exception of Category 1, please submit nominations that focus on particular programs or initiatives, rather than including all campus programs in one nomination.
For more details on the Andrew Heiskell Awards, and to download the application, please go to: www.iie.org/HeiskellAwards or email HeiskellAwards@iie.org.
Application Deadline: October 14, 2011
IIE’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) is now accepting applications for the 2012 Fulbright German Studies Seminar. The topic is "Nation-State and European Identity" and the application deadline is October 14, 2011.
The Fulbright German Studies Seminar offers U.S. scholars the opportunity to meet in Germany to discuss current issues facing Germans, Europeans, and the broader international community. The 2012 seminar on "Nation-State and European Identity" will explore questions related to the evolving definition of identity within Germany and Europe. Throughout the seminar, scholars will examine the influence of the European Union on German identity, hear from experts about how concepts of national and regional identity are being challenged, and whether competing identities can be reconciled. The majority of the program will take place in Berlin, but visits to other regions will also be included.
Eligible candidates include scholars from U.S. universities, colleges, and community colleges who hold full-time teaching appointments and a Ph.D., or equivalent professional/terminal degree, in a field related to the seminar topic. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. The seminar will be held in English and will take place on June 12–23, 2012.
For more information, please visit www.cies.org/GSS/ or contact Tanya Janes at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 686-6258.
Application Deadline: November 1, 2011
IIE’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) is now collecting applications for the Fulbright International Education Administrator Programs in Japan and South Korea. The application deadline for these programs is November 1, 2011.
The IEA programs help international education professionals and senior higher education officials from the United States create empowering connections with the societal, cultural, and higher education systems of other countries. Grantees will stay either three weeks in Japan or two weeks in South Korea, learning about the host country’s higher education system from the inside out while establishing networks of U.S. and international colleagues. Grantees return with enhanced ability to build connections with higher education institutions in the country visited.
For more information, please visit www.cies.org/IEA.
Deadline: December 14, 2011
Higher Education for Development (HED), in cooperation with the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) at the U.S. Department of State, is issuing a request for applications for the Pathways to Cleaner Production Initiative.
Higher Education for Development (HED) expects to make one (1) award of up to $759,000 for three (3) years for a regional higher education partnership between one U.S. institution and three to four Latin American universities. Two to three of the partner universities will be selected from among the member countries of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR): Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Additionally, one university will be selected from among the countries of Chile, Panama, or Peru. This multi-country partnership will increase and utilize the capacity of higher education institutions to contribute to cleaner production practices in the region.
This partnership activity is under the broader Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas Initiative, which the Department of State leads. U.S. Pathways to Prosperity links 15 Western Hemisphere countries committed to democracy and open markets in a policy-level dialogue to promote inclusive growth, prosperity, and social justice.
HED is organizing an online information session on October 20, 2011, from 2:00–3:30pm EDT with the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and the World Environment Center (WEC) for interested applicants. Sending questions in advance of the online information session is strongly recommended; questions should be sent to Emily Gartner at email@example.com. Questions are due by October 14, 2011. Applicants will also have an opportunity to submit questions concerning this RFA to representatives of DOS and WEC during the web-based forum.
Applicants are asked to register for the information session by October 19, 2011. For more information, please visit: http://us1.forward-to-friend.com/forward/show?u=2281e6517be9b28cbc99a2160&id=f10650bdd0
Application Deadline: October 16, 2011
The BMW Group Award for Intercultural Innovation in support of the Alliance of Civilizations, under the auspices of the United Nations, aims to select the most innovative grassroots projects that encourage intercultural understanding and cooperation around the world. This highly competitive selection process has been set in place to guarantee that selected projects are rewarded for outstanding achievement in creativity, excellence, and proven positive impact.
The Intercultural Innovation Award will acknowledge brave initiatives that dare to think outside the box, rethinking intercultural work and making an important use of new methods to promote intercultural understanding and cooperation. The Award represents a unique platform for civil society organizations committed to the promotion of cultural diversity and understanding.
For eligibility and selection criteria, please visit: http://interculturalinnovation.org/. Or email questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
IIE welcomes new member institutions to the IIENetwork, connecting over 7,000 individuals at more than 1,100 member institutions with a commitment to internationalization. For more information about IIE's membership program, please visit: www.iie.org/Membership.
New IIE Member Institutions
Asia Center to Advance Educational Exchange, South Korea: http://acaee.com
Membership Contact: Hongsuk Ahn, Manager, email@example.com
Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China: www.buct.edu.cn
Membership Contact: Haiping Geng, Director of Int'l Exchanges & Cooperation, firstname.lastname@example.org
California College of the Arts: www.cca.edu
Membership Contact: Holly Castrillon, Academic Affairs, email@example.com
Carleton University, Canada: www.carleton.ca
Membership Contact: Randy Zadra, Int'l Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hartwick College: www.hartwick.edu
Membership Contact: Jenifer Chambers, Director of Global Education, email@example.com
LCI English Center: www.englishlci.edu
Membership Contact: Mariano Descalzi, President, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lorain County Community College: www.lorainccc.edu
Membership Contact: Annouska Remmert, Arts and Humanities Division, email@example.com
Lund University, Sweden: www.lu.se
Membership Contact: Anne Messeter, Int'l Relations Office, firstname.lastname@example.org
Monterey Institute of International Studies: www.miis.edu
Membership Contact: Jill Stoffers, Director of Admissions, email@example.com
National University of Ireland, Maynooth: www.nuim.ie
Membership Contact: Michelle Brien, Int'l Office, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: www.rpi.edu
Membership Contact: Karen Dvorak, Manager of Int'l Programs, email@example.com
Thomas Jefferson School of Law: www.tjsl.edu
Membership Contact: William Byrnes, firstname.lastname@example.org
Universidad de ESAN, Peru: www.esan.edu.pe
Membership Contact: Ana Maria Villanueva, Director of Int'l Relations, email@example.com
University of Queensland, Australia: www.uq.edu.au
Membership Contact: Andrew Everett, Director of UQ International, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wentworth Military Academy & College: www.wma.edu
Membership Contact: Cristhina Starke, Int'l Department Director, email@example.com