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The Institute of International Education is pleased to announce the launch of the IIE Center for Academic Mobility Research. This new IIE Center of Excellence brings together the Institute’s in-house research expertise with leading minds from around the world to conduct and disseminate timely and relevant research and policy analysis in the field of international student and faculty mobility. The Center provides applied research and program evaluation services to domestic and international governmental agencies, nongovernmental organizations, corporations, and foundations. The Center’s in-depth books and reports, including the well-known Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, supported by the U.S. Department of State, are key reference resources. In addition, our policy papers and snapshot surveys rapidly capture trends in the changing landscape of international education.

The core activities of the Center fall within three key areas:

  • Driving policy and program decisions through applied research and analysis
  • Fostering and disseminating knowledge
  • Training the next generation of mobility researchers

For more information on the Center for Academic Mobility Research, please visit: www.iie.org/Who-We-Are/Centers-of-Excellence/Center-for-Academic-Mobility-Research.

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The Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) awarded Peggy Blumenthal, Senior Counselor to the President at the Institute of International Education (IIE), with the Charles Klasek Award for Outstanding Service to International Education. This award recognizes Ms. Blumenthal’s lasting and outstanding service to the field of international education administration. Ms. Blumenthal received the award at the AIEA Conference in Washington, DC.

Ms. Blumenthal has served IIE for over 25 years. Before joining IIE in 1984, she served as Assistant Director of Stanford University's Overseas Studies and then as Coordinator of Graduate Services/Fellowships for the University of Hawaii's Center for Asian and Pacific Studies. Her earlier work focused on the development of U.S.-China exchanges as a staff member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and the Asia Society's China Council. Ms. Blumenthal holds a B.A. from Harvard University in modern Chinese history and an M.A. in American studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is a Board Member of The Japan Council on International Exchange-USA and the Hong Kong–America Center, and earlier served on the Board of Princeton-in-Asia.

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Theme: "Strategic International Enrollment Management"

Deadline for Submission: June 15th, 2012

IIENetworker, the international education magazine of the Institute of International Education (IIE), invites submissions for publication in its upcoming Fall 2012 issue. The theme of the fall issue of IIENetworker will be: "Strategic International Enrollment Management."

International Enrollment Management (IEM) has increasingly become a crucial component of an institution’s overall internationalization strategy. IEM offers an operational plan that higher education institutions can implement to help recruit, admit, and retain international students. With the continued increase of international student enrollment in the United States and around the world, having an IEM strategy in place is essential.

This issue of the IIENetworker will examine innovative ways that colleges, universities, and other organizations have devised and implemented IEM strategies. Proposed articles should focus on: conceiving, developing, and implementing international enrollment strategies; successful models of IEM in action; holistic approaches to IEM; developing IEM strategies that fit your institution’s culture and mission; external influences on IEM (global trends, student mobility, policy-making on the national and international level, etc.); garnering support for IEM at your institution; strategies for dealing with large growth markets; and the relationship of IEM to comprehensive campus internationalization.

We are particularly interested in presenting a variety of perspectives from around the globe. Submissions from individuals or institutions around the world are strongly encouraged.

Most articles in the magazine will be between 2 and 4 pages (between 1000 and 1500 words). Please let us know as soon as possible if you plan to submit an article. The deadline for submission of completed articles is June 15, 2012. The author will be notified as soon as a publication decision is made.

If you are interested in submitting an article for the Fall 2012 issue of IIENetworker, please address all inquiries to:

Editor, IIENetworker
Institute of International Education
Email: lepplin@iie.org
Tel: +1.212.984.5374

For more information on IIENetworker, please visit: www.iie.org/iienetworker.

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The Institute of International Education along with its publishing partner, Naylor LLC, are pleased to announce mobile versions of three of its directories:

These new mobile versions are specially customized for viewing on mobile phones. The directories allow users to search for programs online in a variety of ways: region, program name, state, sponsoring organization, and area of study.

Printed editions of Funding for United States Study 2012 and Intensive English USA 2011 are available for purchase at www.iiebooks.org.

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The Institute of International Education (IIE) is pleased to announce that bulk discounts are available for its recent groundbreaking publication, Developing Strategic International Partnerships: Models for Initiating and Sustaining Innovative Institutional Linkages.

This book, which 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), compiles a panorama of mutually beneficial partnership programs from across the globe, and features recommendations, models, and strategies for initiating, managing, and sustaining a range of international linkages. The book also includes appendices with numerous templates of Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) and Letters of Intent for establishing international partnerships, along with sample activities for identifying partners and developing linkages.

IIE encourages institutions to order copies of Developing Strategic International Partnerships for their faculty and staff. Bulk discounts are now available: 20% discount for 20 copies of more; 30% discount for 40 copies or more. For bulk orders, please contact the IIEBooks fulfillment center: iiebooks@abdintl.com or +1 412 741-0930.

For more information on Developing Strategic International Partnerships please visit: www.iie.org/Research-and-Publications/Publications-and-Reports/IIE-Bookstore/Developing-Strategic-International-Partnerships.

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Making a Difference: Australian International Education tells the story of Australian international education from its foundations in the early part of the 20th century, through the watershed period in the mid-1980s when the full-fee overseas student policy was introduced, to a peak in 2010 of around 750,000 international students enrolled in Australia and in Australian institutions offshore. It also addresses many of the challenges experienced in that transition including increasing competition in the marketplace, the maintenance of quality, integrity of the visa process, student safety, and engagement with the community.

Authors deal with certain aspects of international education such as marketing, institution and sector approaches, public/private partnerships, student outcomes, offshore delivery, and international relationships. From this compilation of perspectives emerges a fully documented, comprehensive record of a country’s international education initiatives, one which will be invaluable to historians as well as for those working in institutions and organizations that promote, support, or regulate international education programs.

For more information and to buy the book, please visit: www.ieaa.org.au/content/?pageNo=233&pageID=F21B73ED-F9EA-43CF-9493-260F9CACF7DA.

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The Leo S. Rowe Fund, a student loan program forming part of the Organization of American States (OAS), helps citizens from Latin America and the Caribbean OAS member countries finance a portion of their studies or research at accredited universities in the United States by awarding interest-free loans. Prospective applicants must be accepted to or currently studying at an accredited U.S. university and demonstrate good academic records in addition to full-time enrollment. Applications are received and reviewed on a year-round basis. Maximum amount per student is $15,000.

For eligibility requirements and application forms, visit: www.oas.org/en/rowefund. Please send any questions to rowefund@oas.org or call: 202-458-6208.

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An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education considers some of the reasons why women have higher rates of studying abroad than men. As the article notes, "In the 2009-10 academic year, women accounted for nearly two-thirds of 270,600 American students going overseas." Ways to increase men’s participation in study abroad include more targeted outreach and greater emphasis on the real-world value of the experience.

To read the full article, please visit: http://chronicle.com/article/In-Study-Abroad-Men-Are-Hard/130853/.

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The Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, are dedicated to increasing international scholarly opportunities for faculty and international experiences for students. With the opening of the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs office and the appointment of the first Vice President for International and Global Affairs, Rutgers is committed to opening the world to Rutgers students and faculty.

Rutgers University Study Abroad (RUSA) is one of the units comprising the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs. Rutgers is initiating a national search for the next Director of Rutgers University Study Abroad office. RUSA deploys undergraduate education programs overseas for all of the three campuses comprising Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden). With over 100 long-term programs in over 40 countries and an additional 25 summer faculty-led programs, RUSA directly enrolls nearly 800 students annually. The functions of the RUSA office resemble those of an undergraduate college including recruitment, admission, retention, academic support, teaching, health and safety, risk management, assessment, and student life services such as housing, counseling, and recreation. RUSA operations have a high level of liability and as such liaises regularly with University Risk Management and General Counsel. RUSA, as part of the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs, is committed to the internationalization of Rutgers and has been and will continue to increase the number and type of programs offered.

The Director, RUSA, reports to the Vice President for International and Global Affairs and oversees the fundamental administrative and financial operations of the RUSA office and its programs in all critical aspects. The Director serves as the primary executive in implementation of program policies and strategic planning for program development. The Director directly supervises six full-time staff employees, five program resident directors, and part-time and student employees. The Director oversees the annual cycle of administration services for over 1,000 applicants, 800 current students, and over 800 returning students in over 100 overseas long programs and twenty-five summer programs. The Director has primary financial responsibility for RUSA programs and activities, and monitors risk management issues for all running programs.

The successful candidate will have five years progressively responsible experience working in international education and advising U.S. students studying abroad. A Ph.D. in a field connected with international education is preferred. Fluency in a second language and experience living or working abroad is preferred. The successful candidate must be able to travel internationally and work some nights and weekends. The capacity for critical, independent judgment and ability to interact effectively and professionally with faculty are essential.

Interested persons should visit http://uhr.rutgers.edu/jobs/JobDetail.aspx?pst_num=12-000550. Please note only applicants who apply via Rutgers Applicant Tracking System (ATS) can be considered for the position. Rutgers is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Conferences

February 29-March 4, 2012
Penn State, University Park Campus
State College, Pennsylvania

The Fulbright Global Food Security Seminar will bring together international graduate students in a wide variety of disciplines from plant sciences to public health. Penn State’s University Park campus was selected by the U.S. Department of State to host more than 70 Fulbright scholars from 40 developing countries for this four-day seminar from February 29 to March 4. The seminar is a joint project of the College of Agricultural Sciences and the University Office of Global Programs (UOGP). Global Knowledge Initiatives (GKI), a nonprofit organization that seeks to bridge the gap between developed and developing countries, will join the collaboration to supervise the closing workshop and presentation contest.

The seminar builds on the approach to food security in the College of Agricultural Sciences’ curriculum, which is organized around three key components: availability, accessibility, and usability; and focuses on five key themes: technology, economics, politics, natural resources, and sociocultural. UOGP recently charged a food security task force that seeks to bring together a multidisciplined group of scholars to discuss and promote scholarship regarding the issue.

In addition to the academic panels and discussions, field trips to local farms and research facilities provide further networking opportunities for the participants.

The event, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), is organized by the Institute of International Education. ECA oversees the Fulbright program, which is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

For more information, please visit: http://live.psu.edu/story/57695#email.

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March 12-13, 2012
Georgetown University
Washington, DC
Registration Deadline: March 9, 2012

Georgetown University, with support from the U.S. Departments of Commerce and State, will host a regional education conference entitled, "Making Latin America and the Caribbean a More Equitable Society: Economic Growth, Education, and Corporate Social Responsibility" on March 12-13, 2012. The conference will bring together leaders from throughout the Western Hemisphere to discuss strategies to improve our educational institutions so that our workforce is better prepared to compete in the global marketplace.

Participants will include government officials; thought-leaders from academic institutions; pioneers in the business community; and representatives from civil society and international organizations.

Register online for events open to all speakers and participants. Online Registration will close at 5:00 PM on Friday, March 9, 2012.

To learn more about participation in the two roundtable discussions and reception on March 12, 6:00–8:00 PM, please send an email to Education.Conference@trade.gov with your name, affiliation, and sessions you are interested in attending. For more information, please visit: http://trade.gov/educationconference/.

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April 12-13, 2012
The SUNY Global Center
New York, NY

In keeping with this year’s strategic planning focus on leveraging the power of "systemness" across functional areas of the six big ideas, SUNY Global and the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government at the University at Albany will be working with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to promote discussion of innovation and job creation through the internationalization of higher education at the system level.

SUNY Global, Rockefeller Institute, and OECD will organize a Conference on Internationalization for Job Creation and Economic Growth: Increasing Coherence of Government and System Policies at a Time of Global Crisis. Discussions will focus on the key role multiple actors play together in tackling the effects of the global financial crisis and fostering recovery policies, especially job creation, innovation, and wealth generation. This event will take place at the SUNY Global Center on April 12-13, 2012.

For more information and to register, please visit: www.suny.edu/global/strategicinitiatives/oecdconference.cfm.

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Deadlines

Deadline to Complete the Survey: February 29, 2012

The deadline to complete the survey for the upcoming Open Doors Report is Wednesday, February 29. The International Student Census Survey, which captures fall 2011 data on international students in the U.S., is part of the Institute of International Education’s annual Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. The Open Doors Report, supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, has long been regarded as the authoritative source for statistical data on international student flows to the U.S. IIE’s research team relies on the efforts of dedicated individuals from each U.S. institution to help keep these statistics as current and accurate as possible.

If you have any questions about the survey, need to update your institution’s contact, or require an extension, please send an email to iieresearch@iie.org or call (212) 984-5348.

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Application Deadline: March 30, 2012

The Russell Berrie Fellowship Program is pleased to announce the opening of the call for applications for the academic year 2012-13. Application materials for this cycle are available now. The application deadline is March 30, 2012.

The Fellowship offers members of the clergy, religious orders, and the laity an opportunity to study at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome to obtain a License or Doctoral Degree with a concentration in interreligious studies. The award provides one year of financial support for up to ten new Russell Berrie Fellows. It is intended to cover tuition, a modest living stipend and book allowance, examination fees, and travel to and from the recipient's home country.

The aim of the Fellowship Program is to build bridges between Christian, Jewish, and other religious traditions by providing the next generation of religious leaders with a comprehensive understanding of and dedication to interfaith issues. Applicants of all faiths and backgrounds from around the world—including students currently enrolled at the Angelicum—who have a demonstrated interest in interreligious studies, are encouraged to apply.

For more information, please visit: www.iie.org/en/Programs/Russell-Berrie-Fellowship-in-Interreligious-Studies.

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March 13-15, 2012
London, England
Final Application Deadline: February 24, 2012

The final registration deadline for the Going Global 2012 conference is February 24th. Going Global is a series of international educational conferences hosted by the British Council. It offers an open forum for policy-makers and practitioners from around the world to discuss issues facing the international education community. Since its inception in 2004, Going Global has grown from a biannual event in the UK to an annual event that alternates between the UK and a different international location. Each year it attracts over 1,000 delegates from across the further and higher education sectors and a variety of other industries with perspectives on international education.

The conference program includes more than 50 sessions, a variety of posters and Talking Heads videos, and exciting networking opportunities, such as our Opening Reception on the evening of Tuesday 13 March. To view the program and access the online form, please visit: http://ihe.britishcouncil.org/going-global.

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Partnerships

An article in the Daily Targum notes that the Center for Global Advancement and International Affairs at Rutgers University has just opened its newly renovated offices. This Center helps build the University’s global connections. In particular, it has a partnership with Brazil through the Science Without Borders program; through this program, the Brazilian government offers 100,000 scholarships to fully fund undergraduate students studying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to go abroad. In addition, the Center works "with the Institute of International Education to establish international partnerships with India and Brazil along with World Learning to bring students from South Asia and the Middle East to the University."

To read the full article, please visit: www.dailytargum.com/content/tncms/live/dailytargum.com/news/u-s-global-center-opens-renovated-campus-location/article_af172d2e-5929-11e1-8de9-001a4bcf6878.html.

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Scholar Rescue Fund

For over seven years, this scholar served as Associate Professor and Researcher in the University of Bouaké’s Department of Anthropology and Sociology. His life changed dramatically with the violence and civil unrest that was unleashed following Côte d’Ivoire’s disputed November 2010 elections between incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo and president-elect Alassane Ouattara. With his country gripped by civil war and facing targeted threats due to his profession and relation to the same Bété ethnic group as the former president, the scholar was forced to flee with his family to Togo in early 2011. Unable to return to Côte d’Ivoire and with his situation in Togo precarious, he applied for Scholar Rescue Fund support. Now safely on campus at Smith College, he is participating in the College’s Visiting Scholars Program. In addition to continuing his research on sustainable development in West Africa, he will teach a French course at Smith and a course in anthropology at Amherst College.

Read the full story, as well as stories on past featured scholars, on the Scholar Rescue Fund website: www.scholarrescuefund.org/pages/about-us/featured-scholar.php.  

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The Great Lakes Peace Initiative Centre (GLPIC) is an academic and philanthropic association that was initiated by Scholar Rescue Fund alumnus Guilain Mathe in February 2010, in collaboration with a dozen of young researchers based in the North Kivu region of the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The mission of the GLPIC is to contribute to the consolidation of human security in the African Great Lakes Region (and in the African continent in general) by promoting human rights and democratic governance. The Center recently opened their new offices in Goma, DRC, and launched a new website.

To read more, visit: www.glpic.org/English-version.

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