On May 21, the Institute of International Education and EducationUSA hosted a national conference call with more than 100 U.S. higher education institutions, government agencies, NGOs, and other organizations on "U.S.-Libya Educational Cooperation: New Strategies for Engaging with Libya to Promote Higher Education Cooperation." The call, hosted by IIE's President and CEO Allan E. Goodman, featured Samantha Power, Special Assistant to the President of the United States, and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, National Security Council; Joan A. Polaschik, Charge d’Affaires, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the United States, Libya; Dr. Naim Al Gheryani, Libyan Minister of Higher Education; and Dr. Fathi Alkhari, Deputy Minister, Libyan Ministry of Higher Education. The call also featured high-level participation from the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Libyan Ministry of Higher Education.
The IIE-EducationUSA National Conference Call focused on U.S. and Libyan efforts to expand education cooperation; the challenges and opportunities to educational cooperation between the two countries; the current and future interest of U.S. higher education institutions in U.S.-Libya academic partnerships; and the Libyan scholarship program.
To learn more and listen to a recording of the call, please visit: www.iie.org/en/Who-We-Are/News-and-Events/Events/2012/National-Conference-Call-Libya-2012
Special IIE Partnership Initiative on Libya
The IIE Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education
will be launching a Special Partnership Initiatives focusing on Libya. This program is likely to occur in 2013. Similar to the International Academic Partnership Program
, this special Libya Initiative will select a group of U.S. higher education institutions to participate in an accelerated strategic planning process for developing institutional partnerships with Libya. The program will also include a study tour to Libya. For more information and to complete the Interest Form, please visit: www.iie.org/Programs/International-Academic-Partnership-Program/Special-Partnership-Initiatives
Allan E. Goodman, the President and CEO of the Institute of International Education, received the first-ever Gilbert Medal for Internationalization at a ceremony at Lund University in Sweden. The medal was presented by Universitas 21, an international consortium of leading research universities.
Goodman was recognized for his numerous accomplishments at IIE that have directly fostered and encouraged the internationalization of higher education. In particular, The Gilbert Medal honors Goodman’s role in expanding the Institute’s work in rescuing threatened students and scholars through IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund and advancing academic freedom around the world. Goodman has also been involved in leadership training to prepare new university presidents around the world for their future roles as global academic leaders, and has motivated many university leaders around the world to engage in global partnerships and the internationalization of their institutions.
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This week IIE’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
is hosting a delegation of German higher education leaders for a five-day study tour in Austin, organized on behalf of the German-American Fulbright Commission. The program focuses on universities as drivers of innovation and entrepreneurship, and consists of workshops and site visits to public and private universities in the Austin area.
The goal of the study visit is to introduce administrators from German Universities of Applied Science to how U.S. universities have repositioned themselves and redefined their functions and responsibilities to cope with the growing differentiation and competition for prestige and funding. The program focuses on how higher education institutions market their research and technology products to attract the best and brightest young researchers. The German delegates are exploring how universities are moving from traditional "knowledge factories" to "knowledge hubs."
During the week, the German delegation will visit a range of institutions and meet with officials from the Texas State University, the University of Texas Dallas, the University of Texas Austin, Austin Community College, and Texas A&M University. The delegation will also meet with representatives of the Austin Chamber of Commerce, Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Austin Inventors & Entrepreneurs Association, and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
For more information and a list of the participating German universities, please visit: www.iie.org/Who-We-Are/News-and-Events/Press-Center/Press-Releases/2012/05-21-2012-German-Study-Tour-Entrepreneurship-In-US-Higher-Education
An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education
reports on the surge of interest that Brazilian universities have received recently from overseas higher education institutions. In addition, Brazil is dedicating significant resources to higher education exchange, especially through its Science Without Borders program
, which will sponsor 101,000 students on their studies abroad.
To read the full article, please visit: http://chronicle.com/article/For-Universities-Looking/131909/
An article in the Huffington Post argues that foreign language instruction and other kinds of global education are integral for creating globally minded graduates who will be able to join today’s multilingual, cross-cultural workforce. The article references how the Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee held a hearing on May 21 on Federal Government Foreign Language Skills. During the two-hour hearing, "the FBI, the Departments of Defense, State, Education and Homeland Security, and a variety of experts including foreign language teachers and the Institute of International Education all agreed that we do not have enough foreign language speakers now nor in the pipeline to meet our national security needs, which includes economic stability in an increasing global marketplace. Expert after expert testified to the benefits and the long-term solutions for this is not an overnight shift. Learning a second language and embracing an international education—one that teaches all subjects through a global lens—will take a fresh start, beginning as early as kindergarten." Allan Goodman, President and CEO of the Institute of International Education, testified at this hearing.
To read the full article, please visit: www.huffingtonpost.com/stacie-nevadomski-berdan/american-education-global_b_1536261.html.
An article in AllAfrica
reports on the rise of international students in South Africa over the past fifteen years. "According to Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), since 1994, the provisional number of international students in South Africa's 23 universities grew dramatically—from 12,600 in 1994, to more than 64,784 in 2010." The reasons given for this growth include top-quality universities, a unique context for study, and the country’s diverse demographics.
To read the full article, please visit: http://allafrica.com/stories/201205150444.html
An article in Inside Higher Ed
examines the opportunities and challenges that international higher education institutions face when developing or switching to English-language instruction. According to the article: "The spread of English as a language of international higher education has been well-documented, its drivers well-understood: scholars face pressure to publish in English in order to reach the widest possible audience, and universities are increasingly competing to attract high-caliber international students and faculty. In Europe, where the Bologna Process aims to facilitate student mobility, the number of English-language master’s programs in non-English speaking countries has grown fourfold in five years, from 1,028 in 2007 to 4,644 in 2011, according to a recent report
from the Institute of International Education."
To read the full article, please visit: www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/05/21/italian-university-joins-international-colleges-embracing-english-language
An article in the Kuwait Times
reports that the number of Kuwaiti students pursuing their studies in the United States increased by 23 percent in 2011. Kristen Cammarata, a regional education advising coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa region for EducationUSA, was interviewed at length about the many reasons for this increase, noting that EducationUSA in particular has actively coordinated "with the Ministry of Higher Education here in Kuwait because they want to provide their qualified students with the best education institutions in the U.S."
To read the full article, please visit: http://news.kuwaittimes.net/2012/05/07/kuwaiti-students-in-us-increases-by-23-in-2011/
University of Pretoria, South Africa
September 26-28 2012
Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: June 15, 2012
The fourth annual African Network for Internationalisation of Education (ANIE) Conference will take place on September 26-28, 2012, at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. This conference will bring together researchers, academics, policy-makers, institutional leaders, and government officials to debate how African higher education institutions can maximize the benefits presented by internationalization. The conference will focus on four areas: inter-institutional partnerships; research collaborations; the development of regional frameworks, networks, and consortia; and academic mobility and growth in cross-border provision.
The deadline for the submission of abstracts and panel proposals related to the conference’s main themes is June 15, 2012. These abstracts should be sent to: email@example.com
For more information and to register, please visit: www.anienetwork.org/content/anie-4th-annual-conference-26th-28th-september-2012-university-pretoria-south-africa
Friday, September 21, 2012
University of California, Berkeley
Martin Luther King Jr ASUC Building, Pauley Ballroom
2475 Bancroft Way at Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720
Standard Registration Deadline: May 23, 2012
Berkeley Study Abroad is pleased to announce that registration is now open for its 25th annual Study Abroad Fair on Friday, September 21, 2012. Fair attendees will have access to over 1,500 University of California, Berkeley students who are looking for the study abroad program that best meets their needs.
The deadline to register at the standard rate of $295 is May 23, 2012. Participants are encouraged to register as early as possible, as tables will be assigned in the order payment and insurance documentation are received.
For more information and to register, visit: https://studyabroad-prod.berkeley.edu/fair/exhibitors.php
IIE is pleased to announce that the new IIENetwork Handbook for International Educators
has just been published. The 200-page Handbook includes resources for networking and internationalizing your campus and comprehensive listings for more than 6,000 professionals at over 1,100 higher education institutions, who are members of IIE.
For the first time, the IIENetwork Handbook
is also available in electronic format for IIE members. To access this member benefit, please visit: www.iie.org/Research-and-Publications/Publications-and-Reports/IIE-Bookstore/IIENetwork-Handbook-Educators-2012
The 2012 IIENetwork Handbook
also includes contact information for all IIE offices in the United States and abroad, as well as information about EducationUSA Regional Educational Advising Coordinators and Fulbright Commissions globally. We hope that this directory serves as a real resource tool for higher education institutions that are seeking to create international linkages.
The membership contact at each IIENetwork member institution will receive one complimentary copy of the publication, and all member designees can access the password-protected online version.
To order copies of the IIENetwork Handbook,
please go to: www.iiebooks.org/iienmemdir.html
The Institute of International Education welcomes new member institutions to the IIENetwork, connecting more than 6,000 individuals at 1,100 member institutions with a commitment to internationalization. For more information about IIE's membership program, please visit: www.iie.org/IIENetwork
(Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts)
Membership Contact: Kaitlyn O'Connell
, Director of Member Relations
Membership Contact: Ron Dannecker
, Director of International Admissions & Marketing
Full Sail University
Membership Contact: Zehra Angel Ahmed
, Director of International Admissions
Purdue University Calumet
Membership Contact: Judith Pennywell
, Executive Director of International Programs
Saginaw Valley State University
Membership Contact: Stephanie Sieggreen
, Director of International Programs
San Francisco Art Institute
Membership Contact: Shannon Plath
, Assistant Director of Student Life for Global Programs
Seattle Pacific University
Membership Contact: Lori Honts Tongol
, Coordinator of International Student Records
St. Ambrose University
Membership Contact: Dr. Ryan Dye
, Director of International Education
Stenden University of Applied Sciences
Membership Contact: Jo Honderd
, Management Assistant
The University of Tokyo
Membership Contact: Mariko Watanabe
, Project Specialist, PEAK Undergraduate Admissions Office
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Membership Contact: Helene Daniele Clay
Scholar Rescue Fund
On May 21, the Institute of International Education (IIE) held a special lecture at its New York headquarters on "Burma’s Spring" by Dr. Myint Oo, Alumnus of IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund
(SRF) and the Hubert H. Humphrey (HHH) Fellowship Program. Suzanne DiMaggio, Vice President for Global Policy Programs at the Asia Society, moderated the discussion afterward.
Dr. Oo is visiting the United States from Burma as a recent recipient of the Scholar Rescue Fund’s new "Hite Lecture Awards," made possible by the SRF Hite Foundation Chair for Communications. A leading physician and public health educator, he received a Humphrey Fellowship to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2003-2004. From 2010-2011, Dr. Oo joined the faculty of the department of health at Tufts University through IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund, which provides support to threatened academics around the world. Since returning home last fall, he has resumed his work with Burma’s General Practitioners’ Society as Secretary for the Committee of Ethics.
To read more about the lecture, and to watch brief interviews with Dr. Oo and Robert H. Lieberman, a documentary filmmaker, please visit: www.iie.org/Who-We-Are/News-and-Events/Events/2012/SRF-Burma-Spring-Lecture