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A new report, Increasing Diversity in International Careers, was published last week by the World Bank’s Office of Diversity Programs.

This report, which was produced by the Institute of International Education (IIE), draws on the findings of academic and industry reports, national data sources on minority students in higher education, and on the expertise of leaders in U.S. higher education to shed light on the barriers facing U.S. minority students entering the field of international affairs and international development. It also draws on studies that have been conducted on the existing pipeline and barriers to entry in this field. The study also cites a number of innovative programs and valuable resources that can help address this problem and offers recommendations for future action.

To download the full report, please visit: www.iie.org/Research-and-Publications/Publications-and-Reports/IIE-Bookstore/Increasing-Diversity-International-Education

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An article in Inter Press Service (IPS) reports on a proposal put forth by Gordon Brown, former British Prime Minister, for the creation of a Global Fund for Education. Brown made the case for the Fund at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in Qatar, and argued that this Fund would allow individuals and organizations in the public and the private sectors to contribute to the goal of universal primary education by 2015. Allan Goodman, president and CEO of the Institute of International Education, remarked: "Improving education needs to be a priority for governments and such a fund would signal that indeed it is."

To read the full article, please visit: www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=105996

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A new report examines a pilot action initiated by the European Commission (Directorate General Enterprise and Industry and Directorate General Education and Culture) and undertaken by a team from Ecorys, the University of Warwick’s Centre for Education and Industry, and by the European Training Foundation (ETF) in its work with EU partner countries from the EU pre-accession and Mediterranean Neighborhood regions. The pilot action explored how "teachers in the EU and its partner countries can be best supported to engage with and deliver effective entrepreneurship education." The report presents key findings related to developing education for teachers in relation to entrepreneurship education, identifying actions for stakeholders at all levels in the process.

To read the full report, please visit: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/policies/sme/promoting-entrepreneurship/files/education/teacher_education_for_entrepreneurship_final_report_en.pdf

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In an effort to expand upon its long tradition of engagement with universities, colleges, research institutes, and other institutes of higher education, USAID has launched a new website that will serve as a centralized resource for students, faculty, and administration interested in engaging in the field of international development. Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, announced the website at a meeting of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. "By working openly and directly with universities and other key partners, we can realize significant new opportunities in development, delivering results more effectively and efficiently than ever before," Shah said.

Visit the new website at: http://universityengagement.usaid.gov

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Yeosu, South Korea
May 2–August 12, 2012
Application Deadline: February 10, 2012

The University of Virginia is inviting student applications for the unique experience of serving as Student Ambassadors for the USA Pavilion at the "Living Ocean and Coast" Expo hosted by the Republic of Korea. Student ambassadors will act as the face of the United States and will interact directly with visitors as well as with Pavilion staff, partners, government officials, and dignitaries. They will rotate positions within the Pavilion throughout the Expo (such as greeters, admin support, protocol support, sponsor/marketing coordination, and programming support) and will be supervised by the Director of the Student Ambassador Program, who will be on site throughout the Expo along with the USA Pavilion Management team. Student Ambassadors will serve throughout the duration of the Expo, with an additional 10 days of orientation and training prior to the opening date of May 12, 2012. Official Expo hours are 9:30am to 9:30pm, and Student Ambassadors will be on a four days on/three days off work schedule (subject to change), with the maximum working shift of eight hours within the hours of 8am and 11pm.

Minimum requirements: U.S. citizen or permanent resident; current college undergraduate or graduate student, or recent graduate (no earlier than December 2011); Korean language proficiency (ACTFL "Novice High" or better); experience in public relations, well developed interpersonal skills, and a positive outlook on social and cultural diversity. Familiarity with Expo theme is advantageous.

Selected program participants will be provided round-trip travel to Yeosu, South Korea, housing, a meal stipend, and college credit via an accompanying online course.

For more information and to apply, visit the following websites:

http://eng.expo2012.kr/main.html

www.pavilion2012.org/student-ambassadors/

www.studyabroad.virginia.edu/?go=USAPavilion

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Application Deadline: Monday, December 5, 2011 

The American Turkish Society's Education Program is pleased to announce the availability of Curriculum Development Grants for spring 2012. The program, which was initiated by The Society in spring 2010, offers funds to elementary and secondary school teachers in the U.S. to develop innovative curricula, projects, and other classroom activities about Turkey.

Application Process for Spring 2012

Submitted proposals should include:

  • A two-page summary with project description, including tools, materials, and methods to be used; objectives and anticipated impact; and the teacher's relevant qualifications.
  • Project budget with detailed breakdown of costs and grant amount requested
  • Teacher's CV
  • Letter of support from school

Application deadline: Monday, December 5
Notification: Friday, December 16

Interested parties may send proposals to The American Turkish Society at info@americanturkishsociety.org, or 305 E. 47th Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10017.

For questions and additional information, please email info@americanturkishsociety.org or call 212.583.7614.

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Conferences

Emerging Directions in Global Education (EDGE) Annual Conference
Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India
March 12-14, 2012
Deadline for Submitting Proposals: December 20, 2011

The 5th edition of the EDGE (Emerging Directions in Global Education) 2012 international conference will be held on March 12-14, 2012, at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India. The theme for the event is "Excellence in Education: Reform, Transform, Perform."

The annual conference is the flagship event of EDGE Forum, an association of leading educational institutions committed to promoting the highest standards in higher education, value systems, and governance. EDGE 2012 consists of workshops, conference, EduPartnering, EduExpo, awards, and other networking opportunities. EDGE Forum is fortunate to be associated with international associations like the Institute of International Education (IIE), NAFSA, the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), and the European Association for International Education (EAIE).

The event has been attended by stellar speakers in the past like Shri Kapil Sibal, Hon’ble Minister HRD, GOI; Dr. Martha Kanter, Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education; Prof. C.N.R. Rao, Chairman, Science Advisory Council to Prime Minister; Dr. Allan E. Goodman, President and CEO, Institute of International Education; Dr. Sam Pitroda, Advisor to the Prime Minister of India; Smt. D. Purandeswari, Hon'ble Minister of State for HRD GoI, among many stalwarts.

Highlights of EDGE 2012

  • The Conference will focus on topical issues like education policies, education infrastructure, faculty in higher education, partnerships and collaborations, finance in education, assessment and testing, accreditation and regulation, technology in education, vocational, medical and technical education.
  • EDGE X will aim to create awareness and facilitate dialogue on futuristic education technology research worldwide like Connectivism, learning analytics, social network analysis, serious games and simulations, comparative educational systems, and educational futures.
  • Workshops will address critical topics for the education sector and will provide an opportunity for new learning and focused discussions.
  • Focus Reports on topics relevant and critical for the education sector will be shared with the delegates.
  • EduExpo will showcase different streams of traditional and emerging education.
  • EduPartnering will facilitate one–on-one meetings for furthering partnerships and associations.
  • Awards will recognize the achievers in the education sector through two unique awards: EDGE Education Personality Award and Young EDGE Award.

EDGE Forum provides an opportunity to be a part of the conference and has announced "Call for Session Proposals." The last date for submission of proposals is December 20, 2011. For more information, please visit www.edgeforum.in.

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Chengdu, China
June 11-14, 2012

Sichuan University (China) and Arizona State University (USA) invite you to expand the vision for your university by presenting at the Higher Education Creativity Conference in Chengdu, China, on June 11-14, 2012, at the Kehuayuan Hotel. International speakers from multiple disciplines and from some of the world's leading universities will present. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Gerard Puccio, Department Chair and Professor at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State University (USA), a unique academic department that offers the world’s only master’s degree in creativity. Networking, entertainment, and exciting learning opportunities are just a few things happening at this conference. Researchers, administrators, policy-makers, business leaders, and students are invited to attend.

Conference Objectives

Learn about the latest trends in higher education creativity including:

  • Programs to nurture characteristics of highly creative individuals
  • New theories about human cognition that inform creative practices
  • Innovative curricula that develop creativity in students
  • New institutional models of organization to better meet the challenges of the future

Register now or apply today to be a speaker. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is December 15, 2011. For more information and to register, please visit the event website: www.cvent.com/d/7cqmmk

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Club de la Fondation Universitaire
Brussels, Belgium
January 19-20, 2012
Early-bird Registration Deadline: December 22, 2011

Since the launch of the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) European Policy Seminars in 2004, "What's New in Brussels?" has marked the start of the seminar series every year. 2012 will be no exception. Once again, "What's New in Brussels?" will provide you with rich information on and in-depth analysis of the latest policy and program developments in European higher education.

The 2012 edition of "What's New in Brussels?" will present the European Commission's initial proposals, as well as reactions from student representatives and a national agency. Likewise, it will also address the question of whether the Commission is likely to launch a loan scheme for study abroad. But there is also follow-up to do. Where do we stand on the Bologna Process, 13 years after its launch? Is the European reform process in the Lisbon Strategy context, recently re-labeled as "education and training 2020," still on track? And what will be the likely practical outcomes of the recent Commission Communication on higher education?

For more information, please visit www.aca-secretariat.be/index.php?id=550, or email info@aca-secretariat.be.

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The University of California Washington, DC Center
January 23-24, 2012

The Washington International Education Council (WIEC) is pleased to invite your participation in the conference taking place at the University of California Washington, DC Center and Embassies throughout Washington. The 10th Annual Conference will take place on January 23-24, 2012.

The WIEC is recognized as the premier event on international student recruitment, bringing together universities from throughout the United States with sponsoring organizations. Conference participants will hear from key Embassy and sponsoring organization personnel, including representatives from Brazil, Kazakhstan, and Saudi Arabia on programs that fund international students in the United States. In addition to the Embassy meetings, Conference sessions will include practical information that can immediately enhance your international recruitment program at minimum cost to your institution.

Distinguished presenters from the Institute of International Education (IIE) will provide information on the latest trends in international student enrollment. Government representatives will discuss the latest developments on visa issuance and regulations governing international students while they are in the United States.

For additional information and registration forms, please contact inquiries@washcouncil.org or www.washcouncil.org.

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Deadlines

Host Institution Survey Deadline: December 12, 2011

On behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), the Institute of International Education (IIE) is pleased to announce the host institution application opening for the 2012-13 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program. We invite your institution to consider becoming a new host site, renew your participation, or expand your participation by hosting fellows in additional languages.

Benefits of Hosting an FLTA

By hosting an FLTA, you will further the goal of increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. At the same time, an FLTA will enhance and complement your teaching of foreign languages in many ways. FLTAs add a youthful, up-to-date cultural component to foreign language classes as well as to student life on your campus in general. Having an FLTA to host language tables, cooking sessions, and other co-curricular events offers U.S. students the possibility of working with a young native speaker in nontraditional settings. This interaction makes the studying and learning of the language more meaningful and real.

Schools wishing to host a Fulbright FLTA are free to tailor the program to meet their unique needs. FLTAs often teach beginning and intermediate classes or offer tutorial sessions to improve students’ language acquisition. On many campuses they serve as directors of language houses or language floors, offering students uncommon access to the target languages. To learn more about the program, please visit www.flta.fulbrightonline.org.

Interest Survey

Prior to completing a host institution application, we request that institutions interested in hosting complete a five-minute survey so that IIE can gather statistics for 2012-13. With this data, IIE can better communicate with you and program partners abroad about potential placements. If you intend to apply for AY 2012-13, please complete a survey at https://www.iiefeedback.org/se.ashx?s=61250225669839EE by December 12, 2011.

The Application

The direct link for colleges and universities to apply for an FLTA is: https://hostapp.flta.fulbrightonline.org/. The deadline for applications to become a host institution is February 15, 2012, although we will continue to accept and review host institution applications until all candidates are placed.

Accessing the Application

If you are a host institution new to the program, please use the "sign up by clicking here" link at https://hostapp.flta.fulbrightonline.org/. Returning host institutions will be able to access their previous applications and update their information. If you have forgotten your password, please utilize the "password reset" link on the host application login page. Carefully review your responses and make the necessary changes and updates. Responses must be updated and accurate.

New Application Component

After IIE staff evaluates finalized applications, all institutions will be asked (via a follow-up email) to re-access their applications and review a draft copy of the Terms of Appointment. The "Terms" is the document issued to FLTA candidates that outlines program requirements and award details. A great deal of the information you submit in the host application is directly transferred to the Terms. Instructions on how to complete this process will be sent in a future message. The period for review of Terms will begin on February 16, 2012.

Please note that the application process is competitive. There are a limited number of FLTAs in each language. A review of Terms does not ensure selection as a host institution.

Funding Information

The FLTA Program is organized into three components depending on the level and source of funding provided to the fellows. If you would like more information on funding and the list of languages, please visit: www.flta.fulbrightonline.org/become_languages_countries.html. Specific information on becoming a host institution is available at www.flta.fulbrightonline.org/become.html.

Please forward this message to your colleagues in other language departments who may wish to apply to host an FLTA. We look forward to receiving your application and to working with you. The contact information for Enrichment and Professional staff at IIE ready to assist and answer questions is below.

Edward Monks, Director
Phone: (212) 984-5494
emonks@iie.org

Marsha Frith, Assistant Director
Phone: (212) 984-5471
mfrith@iie.org

May Almadani, Program Officer
Phone: (212) 984-5410
malmadani@iie.org

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Application Deadline: January 16, 2012

The Inter-American Foundation (IAF), a United States government agency that funds the self-help initiatives of the organized poor in Latin America and the Caribbean, is accepting applications for its 2012–2013 Fellowship cycle.

IAF Fellowships support dissertation research in Latin America and the Caribbean undertaken by students who have advanced to Ph.D. candidacy in a university in the United States. Fellows must be U.S. citizens or citizens of the independent Latin American or Caribbean countries. Proficiency in the language(s) appropriate to the research is required. Applications for the 2012–2013 cycle must be received by close of business January 16, 2012, to be considered.

Awards are based on development and scholarly criteria. Proposals should offer a practical orientation to field-based information. Among topics currently of interest to the IAF are the following:

  • Organizations promoting grassroots development among poor and disadvantaged people;
  • the financial sustainability and independence of development organizations;
  • trends affecting historically excluded groups;
  • transnational development;
  • the role of corporate responsibility in grassroots development;
  • the impact of globalization on grassroots development;
  • the impact of grassroots development activities on the quality of life of the poor.

For more information on this grant opportunity, including additional requirements for eligibility, and for application instructions, visit www.iie.org/iaf. For information on the Inter-American Foundation, visit www.iaf.gov. All inquiries should be directed to iaffellowships@iie.org.

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Application Deadline: January 15, 2012

The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), in partnership with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is pleased to announce the fifth call for applications for the African Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowships (ADDRF). The 2012 ADDRF seeks to facilitate more rigorous engagement of doctoral students in research, strengthen their research skills, and provide them an opportunity for timely completion of their doctoral training. The fellowship targets doctoral students with strong commitment to a career in training and/or research. The overall goal of the ADDRF program is to support the training and retention of highly skilled, locally trained scholars in research and academic positions across the region.

The ADDRF will award about 18 fellowships in 2012. These fellowships will be awarded to doctoral students who are within two years of completing their thesis at an African university. In this phase of funding and in consideration of IDRC’s health programming priorities, candidates whose dissertation topics address health policy or health systems issues will be given special consideration. The Program has also reserved three fellowships especially for doctoral students conducting research on health inequities in urban areas or the reproductive health of marginalized urban communities. These three fellowships are funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The deadline for submission of applications is January 15, 2012.

Both the call and application form can be obtained at www.aphrc.org/insidepage/?articleid=947. If you have questions, please contact info@aphrc.org.

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Application Deadline: January 14, 2012

The Government of Brunei Darussalam is offering scholarships under the program, "Brunei Government Scholarship to Foreign Students Tenable in Brunei Darussalam for the 2012/2013 Academic Session." Deadline for the application submission is no later than January 14, 2012.

The official scholarship announcement can be viewed at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website: www.mofat.gov.bn/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=385&Itemid=293

For more information or to request an application form, please email tad.scholarship@mfa.gov.bn.

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Study Abroad

An article in University World News reports that roughly one-third of all German students are traveling to international countries for academic purposes. According to surveys commissioned by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Federal Education and Research Ministry (BMBF), and conducted by HIS, a higher education statistics agency, the proportion of students going abroad from the early 1990s to 2010 for part of their studies "grew from a fifth to around a third, with the total number of students now at just over two million."

To read the full article, please visit: www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20111123171239149

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The Institute of International Education (IIE) is putting together the 2012 edition of the IIEPassport Study Abroad Directory. The IIEPassport directory helps thousands of students identify and select study abroad programs. It contains nearly 10,000 study abroad program listings offered by U.S. and foreign universities and study abroad providers, making it the most comprehensive resource to planning study abroad for students, parents, and advisers.

IIE is pleased to announce a partnership with the Forum on Education Abroad, which will contribute significant editorial content that will address the needs of students seeking to study abroad. Building on their well-known Standards of Good Practice, the Forum will contribute a manual for students who are in the process of deciding to study abroad, including practical tips for selecting a program, making the most of the experience, coping with cultural shock, and returning to campus after studying abroad.

Advertising Opportunities

The 2012 edition of IIEPassport offers multiple opportunities to promote your institution or service. Premium spaces are available in country-specific sections, as well within the following regional sections: Asia & Oceania, Africa & the Middle East, the Americas, and Europe.

For more information, please contact our publications partner Jeff Bunkin, Director of Sales at Naylor, LLC at +1 (352) 333-3342 or jbunkin@naylor.com.

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