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The Institute of International Education’s India office hosted a reception in New Delhi on February 1, 2012, to launch IIE's newly published book, Developing Strategic International Partnerships: Models for Initiating and Sustaining Innovative Institutional Linkages. The volume is the sixth in a series of timely Global Education Research Reports published through a partnership between IIE and the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS) Foundation. It explores a wide range of models and strategies for initiating and sustaining international relationships between higher education institutions.

The February 1 event included a panel discussion about developing Indo-U.S. higher education partnerships. The panel was chaired by Dr. P.J. Lavakare, an expert in Indian higher education who authored a chapter in the book. Dr. Lavakare is also an advisor for IIE’s International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP) with India, a yearlong training program that guides U.S. institutions on how to implement and sustain partnerships with higher education institutions in India.

High-level representatives of the eleven U.S. colleges and universities participating in IIE’s partnership program are currently in India on an IIE-led study tour, visiting campuses and networking with their counterparts. The group joined the book launch to learn more about educational partnership priorities from the Indian perspective and to share best practices from the U.S. campus perspective. For more information about the IIE delegation, please go to www.iie.org/Who-We-Are/News-and-Events/Press-Center/Press-Releases/2012/01-11-2012-IAPP-India-Delegation.

Developing Strategic International Partnerships features an instructive panorama of partnership programs from around the world, and offers recommendations, models, and strategies for initiating, managing, and sustaining a range of international linkages. It aims to be a practical resource for institutions that wish to build or expand linkages with higher education institutions worldwide. To purchase the book, please visit: www.iiebooks.org/destinpamofo.html.

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An article in U.S. News University Connection reports that an increasing number of U.S. students are pursuing degrees abroad. The report cites from a recently published report from the Institute of International Education entitled: U.S. Students in Overseas Degree Programs. This report found that "more than 43,000 Americans are earning their entire degrees abroad. Most of these individuals, or 44%, are working towards a master's degree, while about 39% are enrolled in undergraduate degree programs. An additional 17% are percent are pursuing doctorates."

To read the full article, please visit: www.usnewsuniversitydirectory.com/articles/many-students-pursuing-degrees-abroad_12132.aspx. To download the IIE report U.S. Students in Overseas Degree Programs, please go to: www.iie.org/en/Research-and-Publications/Publications-and-Reports/IIE-Bookstore/US-Students-In-Overseas-Degree-Programs.

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A new report published by the World Bank and entitled, Opportunities for Men and Women: Emerging Europe and Central Asia, examines changes in gender inequalities in Europe and Central Asia over the past ten years, focusing particularly on economic opportunities in labor markets and entrepreneurial activity. In addition, the report considers the changes in human capital endowments in these areas.

For more information and to download the report, please click here

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The U.S. Department of State's "Passport to India" initiative has just launched a Facebook page that contains a wealth of information, links, and interactive conversations. The Passport to India initiative promotes business internships linked to student’s academic interest areas, summer scientific research internships, and service learning internships in India. The goal of the Facebook page is to be the "go to" place for American students who have already been to India on internships to post their experiences and photos; and also for American students considering India as a destination and looking for information about internship opportunities in India; as well as for Indian companies and foundations looking for American students with experience in India.

To access the Passport to India Facebook page, please visit: www.facebook.com/pass2india.

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February 13-17, 2012

Cuba’s 8th International Congress on Higher Education, Universidad 2012, will take place in Havana on February 13-17, 2012. The International Congress on Higher Education offers a unique opportunity to contact representatives of Cuba's 49 universities and research centers. For a list of Cuba’s higher education institutions, please visit: www.altillo.com/en/universities/universities_cuba.asp.

If you would like to have an information sheet about your school and its interest in sending students and establishing cooperation with Cuban counterparts made available to Congress participants, please contact John McAuliff, Fund for Reconciliation and Development, at director@ffrd.org.

FRD can also be contacted for details about a one-week orientation program during the third week of June for study abroad staff and prospective faculty leaders of student trips.

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March 13-15, 2012
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The Minister for Higher Education & Scientific Research and President of Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates is pleased to announce the Women as Global Leaders Conference 2012. Now in its fourth year, this international student conference seeks to provide an opportunity for female students from all over the world to interact with established leaders, create worldwide partnerships, share experiences, and learn from each other.

His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan will open the conference on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, where he will meet with internationally and locally renowned women leaders, share ideas, and engage in debates around the conference theme: "Creating a Sustainable Future for the World."

Women as Global Leaders 2012 celebrates the courage, creativity, reasoned intelligence, strength of conviction, and humanity of civically responsible leaders and their capacity to leave a lasting legacy impacting the sustainable future development of communities and organizations across the world. The conference draws participants from over 90 countries worldwide and from a variety of sectors, including education, government, and nongovernmental organizations.

For more information and to register, please visit: www.zu.ac.ae/main/en/index.aspx.

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Proposal Deadline: March 12, 2012

Accredited U.S. higher education institutions are invited to submit proposals to host the on-campus portion of the Spring 2012 EducationUSA Training Institute (May 6-12, 2012). In addition to reimbursement for adviser expenses (lodging, food, transportation, materials), campus hosts will receive an honorarium of $6,000. Visit the EducationUSA website for more information and to download the host campus application.

About the EducationUSA Training Institute
The EducationUSA Training Institute is an intensive training and professional development program designed to provide EducationUSA advisers with the knowledge and skills needed to enhance their effectiveness and build professional competency. Each two-week EducationUSA Training Institute is comprised of a Washington, DC-based workshop and an on-campus training element.

The on-campus portion of the EducationUSA Training Institute: Essentials of Advising (Level 1) program will take place May 6-12. The Level 1 program is designed for new advisers and will build on regional and online training. The program will provide advisers with foundational knowledge of key topics such as: EducationUSA as a public diplomacy tool; history, structure, and diversity of the U.S. higher education system; international student admissions and financial aid procedures; and an introduction to resources available to support advisers in their work. Advisers will gain skills in student advising, advising center management, networking, and marketing and outreach.

Host Campus Responsibilities
In close collaboration with EducationUSA staff, host campuses will design and carry out the on-campus portion of the training program. Campus responsibilities include securing faculty and staff to deliver training sessions, providing on-campus meeting space and other facilities, and arranging all program logistics, including lodging, meals, and transportation.

For more information and to download the application, visit:

Proposal Deadline: March 12, 2012

Questions about the program, hosting responsibilities, or the host campus application should be directed to Matt Washburn, Program Officer, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, washburnmp@state.gov.
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Application Deadline: March 21, 2012

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) invites applications for the second competition of the Public Fellows program. The program will place 13 recent Ph.D.s from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. The positions and organizations are listed below. The program, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to demonstrate that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy.

In 2012, the ACLS Public Fellows will be appointed to the following positions:

  • Carnegie Mellon University: Assistant Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation
  • Consumers Union: Policy Analyst
  • Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC): Global Projects Manager
  • Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR): Program Coordinator and Analyst, Anvil Academic Publishing
  • Forum on Education Abroad: Associate Director
  • German Marshall Fund of the United States: Program Officer, Leadership and Alumni Development
  • Human Rights Watch: Human Rights Researcher/Advocate
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Associate Development Officer
  • National Conference of State Legislatures: Legislative Studies Specialist
  • Newberry Library: Assistant Director, Digital Initiatives and Services
  • New York Public Library: Special Projects Coordinator
  • Oxfam America: Policy and Research Advisor
  • Union of Concerned Scientists: Democracy Analyst

Applications are accepted only through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system by March 21, 2012. Please do not contact any of the organizations directly. See www.acls.org/programs/publicfellows for complete position descriptions and application information.

Applicants must have received their degrees in the last three years and aspire to careers in administration, management, and public service by choice rather than circumstance. Competitive applicants will have been successful in both academic and extra-academic experiences. Applicants must possess U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status; have a Ph.D. in the humanities or humanistic social sciences conferred between January 2009 and the application deadline; and not have applied to any other ACLS fellowship programs in the 2011-2012 competition year, including the New Faculty Fellows program.

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Submission Deadline: February 29, 2012

The International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) is now accepting submissions for the March 2012 issue of ACADEME: Journal of Leadership and Management in Higher Education. The theme for the March issue is "Innovation in Higher Education." The deadline to submit articles is February 29, 2012. For information on formatting and to access past issues of the journal, please visit: www.iaup.org/official-activities/academe.

For questions, please contact Yhing Sawheny at yhing@siam.edu.
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Application Deadline: April 30, 2012

The Chinese Government Scholarship Program was established by the Ministry of Education of China (MoE) to provide scholarships to international students and scholars. MoE entrusts the China Scholarship Council (CSC) to manage the recruitment and carry out the routine managements of the Chinese Government Scholarship Program.

Scholarships for this program fall into two categories: full scholarships and partial scholarships. Scholarships are available to students enrolled at a U.S. college or university at the undergraduate and graduate level in all programs. Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens in good health who are enrolled full-time as undergraduate or graduate students at an accredited U.S. college or university.

CSC scholarships cover different durations of study at a hosting institution in the PRC according to one's application. Applicants for the CSC choose their host institutions from the Chinese Higher Education Institutions listed in the Directory of Chinese Institutions. For further information about host institutions, applicants should visit: www.csc.edu.cn/laihua.

The CSC Online Application System for Study in China is available at http://laihua.csc.edu.cn.
Students who submit applications using the online system also need to provide supporting documents, including notarized photocopies of diplomas, transcripts, a study plan, a health certificate, and letters of recommendation. If available at the time of submission, a photocopy of the passport also is requested. U.S. students are encouraged to work closely with the Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC, and/or the offices of the Chinese Consulate-General in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Houston when applying for a CSC scholarship.

Applications must be postmarked no later than April 30, 2012.

For questions, please contact the Chinese Embassy, Education Office, zhangjin@sino-education.org. For more details, please refer to www.sino-education.org/english/studychinese.htm.

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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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Study Abroad

SIT Study Abroad will again offer a semester program in Cuba as well as a new program focused on public health in Argentina. Both programs include intensive language instruction in Spanish.

The Cuba: History, Culture, and Identity program will be based in the political and cultural capital of Havana and include field-based learning in select provinces. The program will provide an immersive cultural examination of Cuba’s rich artistic traditions, ethnic heritages and identity, and historical developments. Coursework will be delivered primarily by faculty members of the Unión Nacional de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba.

Based in Buenos Aires, the Argentina: Public Health in Urban Environments program offers students the chance to investigate public health policy, epidemiology, and issues of equity and access in one of Latin America’s largest cities. Lectures will be held at ISALUD University, Argentina’s primary academic institution for public and private health managers and stakeholders. In addition to ISALUD faculty, program lecturers will include academics from Arturo Jauretche National University and practitioners from Hospital El Cruce.

For questions, please contact studyabroad@sit.edu or visit our website: www.sit.edu/studyabroad.

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