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7th Annual IIE Best Practices Conference
"Lead Your Campus to the Top:
Best Practices in Internationalizing the Campus"

Friday, March 9, 2012
IIE Headquarters
809 United Nations Plaza
New York City

Pre-Conference Roundtable Discussions and Networking on March 8th.

The early-bird registration deadline is January 27, 2012. IIENetwork members receive a registration discount.

To register, please go to: www.iie.org/bestpracticesconference2012.

Please join us for the 7th Annual IIE Best Practices in International Education Conference on March 9, 2012, in New York City. This event will cover many exciting keynote, plenary, and session themes, and will feature high-level experts, including presidents, provosts, and international education administrators from institutions around the world. In addition, a special awards portion of the conference will honor the winners of the 2012 IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education.

We also invite you to attend the optional pre-conference roundtable discussions and the networking dinner on March 8.

Best Practices Conference on March 9, 2012

Conference sessions will feature best practices in the following areas:

  • Strategic Planning for Comprehensive Internationalization
  • Best Practices in Expanding Participation in Study Abroad
  • Best Practices for Building International Partnerships
  • Public Policy and Academic Exchange

Pre-Conference Roundtable Discussions and Networking on March 8, 2012
Morning Roundtable:

  • Internationalizing Faculty

Networking Luncheon
Afternoon Roundtables:

  • Concurrent Roundtable 1: Higher Education Exchanges with the Arab World 
  • Concurrent Roundtable 2: Update on U.S.-Brazil Higher Education Initiatives

Networking Dinner (by registration only)

For more information and to register, please go to: www.iie.org/bestpracticesconference2012.

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An article in University World News by Rahul Choudaha considers what the projected socioeconomic transformation of Asia means in terms of international student mobility. Choudaha argues that institutions around the world will need to develop comprehensive strategies to maximize the opportunities and minimize the risks that the transformation of Asia will present.

To read the full article, please visit: www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20120118205039869

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New York Film Academy is proud to announce hands-on, four-week workshops in Hi-Definition Filmmaking and Acting for Film in Beijing in conjunction with CCTV's Movie Channel and M1905.com.

Filmmaking students will have the opportunity to shoot, direct, and edit their own films using the Canon 5D Mark II, a favorite camera on television shows including House and Saturday Night Live's new title sequence. Acting students will be challenged to do a series of on-camera exercises that will prepare them for active careers in the entertainment industry.

Full-time and evening courses are planned for April 1-28 and July 15-August 11th. To learn more, visit www.nyfa.edu/filmschools/beijing.php.

New York Film Academy offers similar study abroad workshops at satellite locations, including Paris, France; Lugano, Switzerland; Florence, Italy; Mumbai, India; Lagos, Nigeria, and more. For more information contact Jack Newman at jnewman@nyfa.edu.

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A blog post on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s website by John K. Hudzik argues that comprehensive internationalization consists of the following aspects: "providing access to international content and perspective to all students, not just a minority; student mobility as a component of internationalization, not a synonym for it; moving internationalization beyond teaching and learning to include research and service missions; expanding the number of faculty and staff members engaged in international efforts..." The author then lists ways to make these aspects a reality.

To read the full blog post, please visit: http://chronicle.com/blogs/worldwise/more-action-not-just-talk-on-higher-education-internationalization/29068.

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Extended Deadline to Apply: January 27, 2012

Background
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.

Position
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

  1. Work closely with GCPEA Executive Committee and Steering Committee members to develop and implement the coalition’s strategic goals and priority activities.
  2. 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.
  3. Direct and provide technical expertise in the design and execution of a fundraising strategy that includes proposals, events, and stewardship of individual donors.
  4. 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.
  5. Build and manage key relationships with affiliated organizations, various subcommittees and working groups, other strategic partner organizations or coalitions, and donors.
  6. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Willingness to undertake business travel (<15% time).
  7. Authorization to work in the United States.
  8. A strong commitment to protecting education from attack.

Documents Required by Applicants

Applicants should forward:

  1. Cover letter;
  2. Resume/curriculum vitae;
  3. Short unedited writing sample of not more than 5 pages; and
  4. Names and contact details of three professional references.

Submit via email to gcpea@protectingeducation.org with subject: "GCPEA Director Application." Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The extended deadline to apply is January 27, 2012.

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The Brussels-based Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) announces the release of a new publication that presents key international student mobility trends in the European context. Mapping Mobility in European Higher Education covers mobility into, out of, and between 32 European countries, which are collectively referred as the "Europe 32" region. This "region" is made up of the 27 member states of the European Union, the four member countries of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), and Turkey.

Mapping Mobility in European Higher Education is a two-volume publication, released in the Dok&Mat series (issues 69 and 70) of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The book is the result of a study commissioned by the Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Commission, and conducted between October 2009 and June 2011. ACA coordinated this work, in close cooperation with Ulrich Teichler from INCHER-Kassel, two ACA member organizations -- CampusFrance and DAAD -- and the Hannover-based social science research institute Hochschul-Informations-System (HIS).

The publication can be ordered free of charge directly from the printers by writing to info@ditgesprintplusmore.de. Please mention the following information:

Subject line: ORDER - Dok&Mat series (issues 69 and 70) - "Mapping mobility"
Content email: Name, postal address, telephone number

For further information, please contact: Irina Ferencz at irina.ferencz@aca-secretariat.be.

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Conferences

Deadline to Submit Proposals: March 9, 2012
Early-Bird Registration Deadline: March 9, 2012

The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education is pleased to announce the 2012 Global Forum, entitled "New Players and New Directions: Concepts and Models of International Branch Campuses." It will be held at the Prince Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on April 25-26, 2012. This event will be built around the recently released report, International Branch Campuses: Data and Developments, and will afford the opportunity to interact and debate with IBC practitioners. Online registration is now open at: www.tcp-events.co.uk/obhe2012.

The objectives of the Forum will be as follows:

• To participate in workshops and discussions with existing and potential practitioners about the full range of considerations when starting and operating international branch campuses (IBCs),
• To critically evaluate the latest data on, and unfolding landscape of IBCs, as conveyed in the Observatory’s new report,
• To engage with government officials from existing and prospective host countries on how IBCs fit with their national economic and developmental strategies and goals.

The format will combine plenaries, parallel sessions, and expert workshops.

The Observatory is now accepting proposals for individual and panel presentations at the Global Forum. Proposals should indicate speaker(s), presentation title, and provide an abstract of 200-250 words. The deadline for proposals is Friday, March 9, 2012. Proposals and related queries should be emailed to GF2012@obhe.ac.uk.

To register, please visit: www.tcp-events.co.uk/obhe2012/.

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Deadlines

Application Deadline: January 24, 2012

The Japanese Language Education Assistants Program (J-LEAP) is a two-year program that brings Japanese Language teaching assistants to U.S. K-12 educational institutions to strengthen their Japanese language programs and create opportunities to nurture a new generation of qualified teachers of the Japanese language. The program began in 2011 and is jointly administrated by The Japan Foundation and The Laurasian Institution.

The deadline to apply is January 24, 2012. For more information, please visit: www.jflalc.org.vhost.zerolag.com/jle-j-leap.html.

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Deadline: April 13, 2012

The JET Memorial Invitation Program (JET MIP) provides 32 high school students with the opportunity to go to Japan for two weeks as a group to meet Japanese students, experience Japanese culture, and study the language. It was created in 2011 in memory of two American teachers of English who lost their lives in the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011: Taylor Anderson (Ishinomaki, Miyagi) and Montgomery Dickson (Rikuzen-Takata, Iwate). The program is open to 11th and 12th graders who are currently learning Japanese, and it seeks to honor the principles that Taylor and Monty valued during their lives.

For more information, including eligibility requirements and the application, please visit: www.jflalc.org/jle-12-jet-mip.html.

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Partnerships

Submission Deadline: February 6th, 2012

The Embassy of France to the United States and the FACE Foundation are pleased to announce the fifth call for project proposals of the Partner University Fund (PUF).

PUF promotes innovative collaborations of excellence in research and education between French and American institutions of higher education. The modalities of transatlantic collaboration range from joint research and publications to the development of shared curricula and the establishment of joint and dual degrees. They include various forms of mobility for students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and researchers.

PUF currently supports 55 multifaceted partnerships in all fields of study.

Thanks to private donors, public contributions, and a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, projects in the humanities submitted in this 2012 funding cycle will be eligible for a higher level of financial support. PUF will fund up to 60 percent of the cost of the selected projects, up to $160,000USD annually, instead of 30 percent and $80,000USD for projects in all other fields, respectively. Projects must be jointly submitted by at least one American and one French university.

A generous gift from Thomson Reuters also made possible the establishment of a Thomson Reuters sponsored call for projects for partnerships on Cyber-Security. This initiative includes the selection of one partnership in the field of Cyber-Security. This special call for projects follows the regular application forms and guidelines. PUF and Thomson Reuters will fund up to 30 percent of the cost of the selected project, up to $80,000USD per year.

Project proposals must be submitted by February 6th, 2012.

Funding decisions will be announced in May 2012 for the 2012-2013 academic year.

For more information, please contact: puf.scac@ambafrance-us.org or +1 212 439 1491, and visit the PUF website: www.facecouncil.org/puf.

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Deadline for Submitting Proposals: April 13, 2012

The British Council has announced the first trilateral strand of the successful UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) with the launch of the new Trilateral Research in Partnership (TRIP) Awards with the United States. Ten awards of up to £50,000 (USD $75,000) in funds will be available to support multidisciplinary research projects between UK, U.S., and Indian higher education institutions.

This new UKIERI strand aims to support the increase of mobility of Ph.D. and postdoctoral students in all three countries, and develop sustainable institutional links between the institutions.

Funds are available to support projects of up to two years. Proposals are welcome across subject areas, including the humanities, social sciences, science and technology, and multidisciplinary research projects.

All proposals will need to include details of additional contributions from the three institutions involved.

Proposals must be supported by UK, U.S., and Indian institutions and endorsed by the respective heads of department or equivalent.

The deadline for online submissions of proposals is April 13, 2012, with the aim to notify successful applications by the end of June 2012. For more information, please contact Alexandra Dimsdale, Head of Press and Communications, at alexandra.dimsdale@britishcouncil.org.

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Scholar Rescue Fund

The IIE Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) is pleased to announce the "SRF Hite Lectures" to offer current SRF fellows and alumni the opportunity to promote interest in academic freedom, political liberties, and the Institute’s commitment to supporting these issues. Made possible by the Hite Foundation Chair for Communications of the Scholar Rescue Fund, fellows and alumni will engage in public lectures, panel discussions, and course-related seminars to share the experience of a threatened scholar and to educate university and community audiences about human rights issues around the world.

Beyond the chance to educate academic audiences, Hite Lectures offer an opportunity for SRF fellows to connect with other academicians and students beyond their host universities, opening new avenues for their post-fellowship careers. SRF fellows will apply to SRF for a Hite Lecture Grant; selection will be based on the lecture’s potential for impact on the wider academic community.

If you are interested in finding out more about hosting a SRF Hite lecture at your institution, please contact Dr. Marianne Zwicker at mzwicker@iie.org.

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Zimbabwean professor Richard Nenge has found a temporary home at Calvin College through the Scholar Rescue Fund program. Read the full article, "A Scholar in Refuge" by Myrna Anderson, here: www.calvin.edu/news/archive/a-scholar-in-refuge.
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