The Institute of International Education (IIE) was honored to administer the Saudi Judicial Engagement Project on behalf of the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) at the U.S. Department of State. In partnership with The Aspen Institute’s Justice and Society Program and Institution Quraysh for Law & Policy, IIE implemented a two-week study tour for 20 Saudi Arabian judicial representatives—including 18 judges and 2 Ministry of Justice officials from across The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The study tour included visits to Washington, DC, Philadelphia, PA, Wilmington, DE, and New York, NY, from December 3–15, 2011, and exposed the visiting Saudi Arabian officials to the Supreme Court of the United States, the Federal Judicial Center, the U.S. Department of Justice, Delaware Court of Chancery, the U.S. Court of International Trade, the New York County District Attorney’s Office, the United States Bankruptcy Court, among others.
The Saudi Judicial Engagement Project recognizes the importance of a modernized judiciary in an increasingly global legal environment and seeks to complement the King Abdullah Project on the Development of the Judiciary. As part of the King’s judicial reforms, Saudi Arabia has established specialized commercial courts and granted more autonomy to administrative court officials in sentencing. A major focus of the U.S. study tour was to provide the visiting judges with an introduction into how the U.S. court system adjudicates complex commercial disputes, including cases that deal with bankruptcy, intellectual property, and international trade.
A planned second phase of the project includes a judicial engagement conference in Saudi Arabia, to be held in 2012. This conference will enable the Saudi Arabian judicial representatives who came to the United States to engage their colleagues in a dialogue about the American and Saudi Arabian judicial systems.
This project is funded through the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Office of the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). More information about MEPI can be found at: www.mepi.state.gov
To learn more about the Saudi Judicial Engagement Project, please visit http://mepi.state.gov/gulf-region/saudi-arabia/.
The Boston College Center for International Higher Education has just released the Winter 2012 (issue number 66) issue of its journal, International Higher Education. The journal seeks to provide readers with an analytical and contemporary perspective on the key issues affecting higher education globally. Topics in the Winter 2012 issue include: Branch Campuses and Cross-Border Themes; International Issues; Trends in Global Student Mobility; Africa Focus; Greater China; and Latin America.
IIE contributed three articles to the current issue: "International Joint- and Double-Degree Programs" by Daniel Obst and Matthias Kuder (Freie Universität Berlin); "Combating Unethical Behavior" by Robin Matross Helms; and "Trends and Directions in Global Student Mobility" by Rajika Bhandari and Raisa Belyavina.
International Higher Education is published in English, Chinese, Russian, and Spanish. The links to all these editions can be found at www.bc.edu/cihe.
An article in Knowledge@Wharton notes that according to a new study by Booz & Company, "paid annual tuition fees for private schools in the Arab Gulf will more than triple to almost US$17 billion by 2020." The study indicates that more students will enroll in the region’s private education sector because of impending population increases and a perceived lack of quality in government schools. A recent report by the Institute of International Education and the Lebanese Association for Educational Studies emphasizes the recent population increases, noting that "there are now 7.6 million higher education students in the region, up from 2.9 million a decade ago. In that same period, the number of universities in the region grew from 174 to 467 today."
To read the full article, please visit: http://knowledgetoday.wharton.upenn.edu/2011/12/investing-in-private-education-in-the-gulf/
A blog post on the AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) website argues that most business schools have realized that they need to engage in international opportunities to prepare their students for business leadership in a globalized world. An AACSB survey found that business schools are seeking a wide variety of internationalization options, including study abroad, short-term trips, and joint/dual degree programs.
To read the full blog post, please visit: http://aacsbblogs.typepad.com/dataandresearch/2011/12/opportunities-for-internationalization.html
Deadline to Apply: January 20, 2012
The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) was established in 2010 by organizations from the fields of education in emergencies and conflict-affected fragile states, higher education, protection, international human rights, and international humanitarian law that were concerned about on-going attacks on educational institutions, their students, and staff in countries affected by conflict and insecurity. The mission of the GCPEA is to catalyse enhanced prevention of attacks on education; effective response to attacks; improved knowledge and understanding; better monitoring and reporting; stronger international norms and standards; and increased accountability. The Steering Committee of GCPEA is made up of the following international organizations: Council for Assisting Refugee Academics (CARA), Education Above All (EAA), Education International (EI), Human Rights Watch (HRW), Save the Children International (SCI), UNESCO, UNHCR, and UNICEF. The Institute of International Education (IIE) currently serves as GCPEA’s fiscal and administrative agent.
With the Institute of International Education (IIE) as the administrative agent, the Coalition is seeking a highly qualified, experienced, and senior-level Consultant for a 12-month leadership position, based in New York, to direct GCPEA. This is an exciting opportunity to lead the coalition in its advocacy and programmatic work and provide strong organizational and management leadership for putting GCPEA on firm footing as an international coalition, leading and advancing the coalition’s global agenda, and executing the decisions of the Steering Committee.
Primary Responsibilities and Tasks Performed
- Work closely with GCPEA Executive Committee and Steering Committee members to develop and implement the coalition’s strategic goals and priority activities.
- Direct and provide technical expertise in project implementation and monitoring. Projects may include advocacy, outreach, events management (conferences, roundtables, seminars), research, report writing and editing, and other activities.
- Direct and provide technical expertise in the design and execution of a fundraising strategy that includes proposals, events, and stewardship of individual donors.
- Act as a spokesperson and represent the organization to external audiences through media relations, participation and public speaking at conferences and forums, and advocacy actions to implement GCPEA’s advocacy plan.
- Build and manage key relationships with affiliated organizations, various subcommittees and working groups, other strategic partner organizations or coalitions, and donors.
- Plan and implement GCPEA’s communications and media strategy, including web-based and social media. Ensure that the coalition website is managed and updated.
Duration: 12 months with the possibility of extension (beginning April 1, 2012).
Work Base: Primarily, the consultant will be based in space shared with the Human Rights Watch Offices in New York City, working with IIE in consultation with the coalition’s chair.
Key Skills, Technical Background, and Experience Required
- Broad knowledge and understanding of NGO executive management, including: Demonstrated leadership skills: ability to provide leadership, direction, and drive for results, with a minimum of five years senior management experience; demonstrated management skills: a minimum of five years’ experience managing areas of operation, including supervision of staff; good understanding of budget planning and oversight; demonstrated track record raising funds, maintaining donor relationships, and donor reporting and compliance.
- Knowledge and experience in: international development specifically related to education in emergency/conflict situations, higher education, or international humanitarian action, ideally with a focus on protecting education in armed conflict; or international humanitarian law and human rights law, especially in the area of right to education and children’s rights and protection; and advocacy and policy development.
- Experience working with and coordinating activities by diverse actors and organizations including UN and other international organizations. Understanding of and/or experience coordinating coalitions or other membership organizations.
- Outstanding verbal and written skills, with demonstrated abilities in public speaking, writing and editing reports, articles, and other documents. Fluency in English is mandatory; working knowledge of another UN language is desirable.
- A minimum of a relevant MA or advanced legal degree (JD or LLM), or a BA with at least 8 years relevant senior field-based experience.
- Willingness to undertake business travel (<15% time).
- Authorization to work in the United States.
- A strong commitment to protecting education from attack.
Documents Required by Applicants
Applicants should forward:
- Cover letter;
- Resume/curriculum vitae;
- Short unedited writing sample of not more than 5 pages; and
- Names and contact details of three professional references.
Submit via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject: "GCPEA Director Application." Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The deadline to apply is January 20, 2012.
The University of California Washington, DC Center
January 23-24, 2012
The Washington International Education Council 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 23rd and 24th, 2012.
The WIEC is recognized as the premier event focused 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 email@example.com or www.washcouncil.org.
Hanoi Fair: March 15, 2012
Ho Chi Minh City Fair: March 17, 2012
Priority Registration Deadline: January 13, 2012
Final Registration Deadline: January 27, 2012
Since 1982, the IIE’s Higher Education Fairs have served as effective, trustworthy platforms for accredited institutions to connect with serious students and build their brand in Asia. In 2012, IIE will hold two fairs in Vietnam: one in Hanoi on March 15th, and one in Ho Chi Minh City on March 17th. These fairs are particularly apt considering that Vietnam ranks eighth in the overall number of international students attending U.S. higher education institutions and second in those attending community colleges. Vietnam also had the fourth highest increase (13.5 percent) from 2009-10 in numbers of students studying at U.S. higher education institutions.
This year’s fairs include the added component of visiting high schools in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi at no additional cost. The final registration deadline for both fairs is January 27, 2012.
For more information and to register, please visit: www.iiehongkong.org/ufair. If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
IIE member institutions receive a discount at registration.
February 17-March 30, 2012
IIE-Hong Kong (IIE/HK) invites accredited colleges, universities, and independent schools to join their Study America: Summer and English Programs promotion in Hong Kong from February 17 to March 30, 2012 (6 weeks).
This is a cost-effective promotional campaign to help your institution reach schools and families in Hong Kong, Macau, and southern China, as well as raise awareness of your institution’s brand.
Participating institution and its program(s) will be promoted using a multi-channel approach:
- School Outreach: IIE/HK will mail Study America guides to over 700 targeted schools in Hong Kong, Macau, and southern China;
- Individual Outreach: Targeted emails to students in Hong Kong, Macau, and southern China who are seeking to study abroad;
- Online Presence: Inclusion of your school’s profile and programs on IIE/HK’s official website and IIE’s Facebook page;
- Literature Display: Display of your materials at IIE/HK’s centrally located center, open to the public; and
- Media Coverage: Press releases and advertising in local Chinese and English media that includes your institution’s name and logo.
Registration Fee: $630
For registration and more details, including extra services available at additional costs, please visit the Study America Series website: www.iiehongkong.org/studyamerica2012. For questions, please email: email@example.com.
Application Deadline: February 15, 2012
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce that the TechWomen initiative—an international exchange that uses technology as a means to empower women and girls worldwide—is now accepting online applications from women in selected countries for 2012. Candidates may apply at www.techwomen.org between December 15, 2011, and February 15, 2012.
The 42 selectees from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, and Yemen will participate in a five-week mentorship with their American counterparts at U.S.-based technology companies in Silicon Valley and the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Following the U.S. portion of the exchange, U.S. mentors will travel to Jordan and Tunisia to conduct workshops and follow-on training for women in the technology sector and young girls who have expressed an interest in pursuing a tech-based career.
Launched by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2011, TechWomen builds on her vision of "smart power" diplomacy. It embraces the full range of diplomatic tools, in this case technology, to bring people together for greater understanding and empower women and girls worldwide.
TechWomen partners with the Institute of International Education and the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. It is a public-private partnership in which more than 20 leading U.S. companies participated by hosting international mentees during the 2011 inaugural program. For more information, please visit their website at www.techwomen.org, or contact TechWomen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also visit their blog at www.techwomenmena.wordpress.com and follow TechWomen on Twitter @TechWomenMENA to stay connected with the latest updates and events.
Application Deadline: January 15, 2012
USINDO is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2012 Sumitro Fellows Program. The Sumitro Fellows Program is a $10,000 travel/study grant for postdoctoral scholars, Ph.D. candidates, senior academics, and otherwise professionally qualified candidates to engage in field research. One Fellowship is available for a United States citizen/permanent resident for research relating to the political economy of Indonesia. One Fellowship is also available for an Indonesian citizen with a project related to the Indonesian-United States relationship.
The Sumitro Fellows program honors Dr. Sumitro Djojohadikusumo, Indonesia's senior economist and co-founder of USINDO, who passed away in 2001. An architect of Indonesia's modern economy, Professor Sumitro headed the faculty of economics at the University of Indonesia, and was later a Minister of Trade and Minister of State for Research. Professor Sumitro was also the driving force behind a 1950's program of the Ford Foundation that sent Indonesian economists to the U.S. for advanced degrees. Many attended the University of California at Berkeley and the group came to be known as the "Berkeley Mafia" when its members assumed key cabinet posts in subsequent decades.
American applicants for the Sumitro Fellowship must be United States citizens or permanent residents in the United States with a specific project on Indonesia's political economy. Applications outside the scope of economics or political economy will not be considered.
Indonesian applicants for the Sumitro Fellowship must be Indonesian citizens with a specific project on any aspect of the Indonesian-U.S. bilateral relationship. Applications related to solely American topics, Indonesian topics, or to non-U.S./non-Asian themes will not be considered.
Please note that though not compulsory, prior study of Bahasa Indonesia is helpful in conducting field research. American applicants should indicate on the application form if and at what level the language has been studied, both formally and informally. Indonesian applicants must be capable of advanced study in English. Evidence of English fluency may be demonstrated by TOEFL scores. Indonesians who have graduated from a U.S. institution of higher learning, or from an institution in an English-speaking country, are exempt from this requirement.
Applicants/scholars who intend to publish their work in some form will be improving their applications. Previous travel to, and experience in, Indonesia or the United States is desirable but not required.
USINDO will notify selected 2012 Sumitro Fellow(s) by February 15, 2012. USINDO will not award any Sumitro Fellowships in a given year if there are no qualified applicants, in the sole opinion of USINDO.
All of the following must be completed and received on or before January 15, 2012, in order to be considered for the 2012 Sumitro Fellows Program:
- Application Form: Please submit a completed and signed application form.
- Field Research Abstract: Please provide a one- to five-page, single-spaced abstract of your intended research.
- Curriculum Vitae or Resume: Please submit a curriculum vitae (not to exceed 10 pages) or resume providing full citations of all publications, with the most recently published item listed first.
- Recommendation Letters: Two (2) recommendation letters are required. One recommendation letter must be from a dissertation advisor, senior faculty member, or other comparable advisor. Please advise your referees to send the recommendation letter directly to Sumitro@usindo.org on or before January 15, 2012. Applicants have the responsibility of requesting and reminding their referees to directly send their recommendation letters by the required deadline.
- Waiver of Responsibility: Please submit a signed waiver of responsibility.
- Supplemental Information: In addition to the above information, the review committee will consider supplemental information such as writing samples, course syllabi, etc. Faculty members and lecturers are welcome to submit course syllabi that do not exceed five pages.
The deadline for the 2012 Sumitro Fellowship is January 15, 2012. Please submit all application materials via email to email@example.com. Incomplete applications and/or applications and recommendation letters received after the deadline will not be considered. For questions regarding the application or candidate eligibility, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 202.232.1400.
The Institute of International Education (IIE) is pleased to welcome 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/IIENetwork
Alliant International University
Membership Contact: Tarun Bhatia, Executive VP of Int'l & Strategic Development
Membership Contact: Lisa Hauck, Director of Int'l Education
Membership Contact: Tom Melcher, SVP International
European Academy of Diplomacy
Membership Contact: Jason Worlledge, International Program Coordinator
Federation of European Schools (FEDE)
Membership Contact: Edouard Jagodnik, President
Kent State University
Membership Contact: Mary Anne Saunders, Executive Director of Global Education
Lazarski University, Poland
Membership Contact: Adam Figurski, Faculty of Economics & Management
Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York
Membership Contact: Veronica Feliciano, University Scholarship Coordinator
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
Membership Contact: Petra Visscher, Director of Int'l Affairs
Membership Contact: Gregory Buchanan, Int'l Program Development
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Membership Contact: Sandra Leone, Assistant to Director of Int'l Services
Seton Hall University
Membership Contact: Maxine Adekoya, Assistant Director of Admissions
University of Mary Washington
Membership Contact: Jose Sainz, Director of Center for Int'l Education
Urbanest Student Accommodation, United Kingdom
Membership Contact: Mark Smithers, Operations Manager