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Application Deadline: September 17, 2012

IIE’s Center for International Partnerships is pleased to announce a new partnership initiative in Burma. Over the course of six months, the program will engage a group of U.S. higher education institutions in a number of training activities focused on understanding the Burmese higher education system and addressing key academic partnership sectors, including business, health, and capacity-building. 

Since 2009, IAPP has engaged more than 50 U.S. higher education institutions in comprehensive programs aimed at increasing the number of partnerships between U.S. higher education institutions and their counterparts abroad. Past participants have increased their faculty exchanges, implemented institutional strategic plans, and expanded study abroad offerings within India. If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact Clare Banks at cbanks@iie.org or visit www.iie.org/iapp.

Program Information
Application Deadline: September 17, 2012 
Program Cycle: November 2012–April 2013 
Study Tour to Burma: March 2013 (tentative) 
Program Cost: IIENetwork members $10,000/Non-members $11,000. This includes all in-country costs for one representative from your institution to travel on the delegation to Burma, not including international airfare. 

Five Core IAPP Services 
  1. Strategic planning process, including guidelines for assessing on-campus international partnership capacity and developing practical strategic plans for partnership activities in the focus country. 
  2. Expert advice and guidance on developing or expanding a strategic plan for partnerships with the focus country by one of the members of the IAPP Advisory Board and IIE staff in the United States and abroad. 
  3. A study tour/delegation to the focus country that will include visits to select higher education institutions, the Ministry of Education, the U.S. Embassy, and other educational exchange organizations. All in-country expenses for one representative from each institution will be covered as part of the program fees. Participants are responsible for covering their international airfare. 
  4. A series of training webinars, focused on topics such as implementing strategic partnerships, faculty engagement, developing a consolidated partnership strategy, and higher education in the focus country. 
  5. A suite of information resources on the higher education system in the focus country, and IIE publications and policy research reports. 
Contact 
For more information, or to download the IAPP Burma application, please go to: www.iie.org/iapp. If you have questions, please contact Clare Banks at cbanks@iie.org or +1 (212) 984-5481.
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IIE’s Center for Academic Mobility Research will launch an online newsletter later this month, and they invite IIE members to be the first to subscribe to it. This newsletter will feature IIE’s research in global higher education mobility and will also provide regular updates on IIE’s flagship research projects, including Open Doors, Project Atlas, and evaluations of international fellowship and scholarship programs.  

To subscribe to the newsletter from IIE's Center for Academic Mobility Research, please visit: http://iie.us2.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=6dc0509aca61f748db60b9979&id=c90a302d04.
 
The Center brings together IIE's in-house research expertise and leading minds from around the world to conduct and disseminate research on the most relevant and pressing topics on international student mobility. For more information about the Center, please visit: www.iie.org/Who-We-Are/Centers-of-Excellence/Center-for-Academic-Mobility-Research.
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An article in University World News examines a new report from the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney Business School on how "some universities are considering transforming the branch campus model into fully fledged multinational universities by slicing up the global value chain in ways akin to multinational corporations." The report further argues that "the goal of multinational universities in slicing up the value chain around the world through complex systems of supply, production and distribution of higher education and research, may mean using a developing country to do research because it is cheaper to build better infrastructure and hire researchers of similar quality to those at home. Or it may mean designing degrees in-country that are tailored precisely to what the market demands—in contrast to the largely one-size-fits-all of the branch campus system."

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An article in The Jakarta Post reports on a higher education bill that recently passed the Indonesian House of Representatives that provides higher education institutions around the world the opportunity to open branch campuses in Indonesia. Mohammed Nuh, the Education and Culture Minister in Indonesia, argued that "the bill will undoubtedly help students, especially those with limited financial support, because it obliges higher education institutions to allocate 20 percent of seats in all faculties to poor students in the hope that Indonesians, rich or poor, have equal access to quality tertiary education."

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A slideshow article in The Telegraph uses an IIE briefing paper, English-Taught Master’s Programs in Europe: New Findings on Supply and Demand, to examine the explosive growth in English-taught degree programs in continental Europe over the past five years.

To read the full article, which includes the top ten European countries that offer English-taught degree programs, please visit: www.telegraph.co.uk/education/universityeducation/9447458/Study-abroad-Where-to-study-in-Europe...-in-English.html?frame=2297247

To download the briefing paper on English-Taught Master’s Programs in Europe, please visit: www.iie.org/en/Research-and-Publications/Publications-and-Reports/IIE-Bookstore/English-Language-Masters-Briefing-Paper.
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According to a press release from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), "2011 marks the first year that foreign students registered at German universities numbered over 250,000–this represents 11.4% of all students in Germany. Most of these hail from China, with Russia, Bulgaria, Poland, and Austria following by a clear margin. These results stem from the current issue of the data report 'Wissenschaft weltoffen' (Science Open to the World) which the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) publishes annually in cooperation with the HIS-Institute for Research on Higher Education (HIS-HF)."

The annual data report, "Wissenschaft weltoffen," provides details on the current status of international studies and research, and is complemented by an extensive range of data. To learn more, please visit www.wissenschaft-weltoffen.de. The report can also be downloaded as a PDF file at www.wissenschaft-weltoffen.de/publikation.

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Conferences
November 5-6, 2012
New Delhi, India
Early-Bird Registration Deadline: August 31, 2012
 
The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) in partnership with the Ministry of Human Resource Development and Planning Commission, Government of India, will organize the 8th FICCI Higher Education Summit 2012 on November 5-6, 2012, at FICCI New Delhi. 

The Summit will focus on the critical role of higher education for India’s aspirations to be a major player in the world’s knowledge economy, and the required reforms in the regulatory and policy framework. This Summit will bring together stakeholders at both national and international levels for deliberations and knowledge sharing.

Some of the key speakers for this year’s Summit are Mr Kapil Sibal, Hon’ble Union Minister for HRD and Communications & Information Technology, and Dr. Philip G. Altbach, Monan Professor of Higher Education, and Director of the Center for International Higher Education Boston College.
 
For more information and to register, please visit: www.ficci-hes.com.

Note to IIE Members in the U.S.: If you plan on participating in the FICCI Summit, please let us know so that we can help coordinate the U.S. presence at the summit. Please email Morgan Clark, IIE Program Manager, at mclark@iie.org
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Deadlines
Understanding Biodiversity and Climate Change 
November 25-December 1, 2012
Application Deadline: September 15, 2012
 
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) invites scientists and administrators from universities and research institutions to participate in a tour with a focus on interdisciplinary research in biodiversity and climate change in Germany. The dates are November 25 to December 1, 2012. The call addresses foreign researchers and administrators who are attempting to initiate close cooperation with German colleagues, either in their specific research area or at an institutional level. The application deadline is September 15, 2012.
 
In order to provide an optimum basis for the initiation of joint projects, the program will focus on issues related to biodiversity and climate change. The DAAD is responsible for the organization and implementation of the tour. All program-related costs in Germany (accommodation, travel, most meals) will be covered by the DAAD. International travel will be at the participants’ expense.

Applicants
Research Application: Applicants are typically experienced scientists with a research profile in the topic of the science tour and with a strong interest in international cooperation. They must have held a Ph.D./doctorate for at least two years and be affiliated with a non-German university/research institute
 
Application for Administrators: Applicants are policy-makers in national agencies and other experts in the fields of science and higher education. 
 
To apply and for more information, please visit www.research-in-germany.de/sciencetour2012.
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Deadline: September 14, 2012 

The Institute of International Education is currently preparing the 2013 edition of its online directory Study Abroad Funding, which can be found at www.studyabroadfunding.org.

With hundreds of scholarship and grant listings, Study Abroad Funding is the most comprehensive directory for U.S. students to find funding for studying abroad. The website features detailed descriptions of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, grants, and paid internships for U.S. undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students. These are searchable by name, field of study, continent, and country. All listings are free of charge and provide an excellent opportunity to publicize your institution's programs. The deadline to add or update your programs is September 14, 2012.

How to Update/Add Your Funding Opportunities
Please take the opportunity to update your existing scholarship listings or to add new funding opportunities and scholarships.

For institutions whose listings already appear on the Study Abroad Funding website, we ask that you verify and update your listings and contact information or add new listings by visiting: www.naylornetwork.com/iiestab/. For questions about your password, please email jbunkin@naylor.com.

Institutions can also purchase Premier Listings, which offer heightened visibility on the Study Abroad Funding website by appearing in alphabetical order on top of all basic listings. Institutions that opt for Premier Listings can also include an add-in video with their listing. For more information on Premier Listings, please email Jeff Bunkin at jbunkin@naylor.com.

Institutions whose listings do not appear on the Study Abroad Funding website can add their study abroad scholarships or grants that are available for U.S. students by visiting: www.naylornetwork.com/iiestab/Update.asp?NewRec=y.

With questions, please contact lepplin@iie.org.
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Deadline for Application: September 14, 2012

The Rowe Fund Student loan program of the Organization of American States (OAS) is offering scholarships for Peruvian women to help finance their higher education in the DC metropolitan area (The Mac Lean Scholarship Fund). The Mac Lean Scholarship Fund was established through the bequest of Julia Mac Lean, a former General Secretariat staff member of the Organization of American States. 

The candidate must:
  • Be a female Peruvian national studying in any university in the Washington DC metropolitan area
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.0
  • Be enrolled full-time in a degree program at an accredited university in the Washington DC metropolitan area
  • Possess a Student Academic or Exchange Visitor visa (J, F, or M) 
  • Be able to demonstrate other sources of financing to cover the greater part of the academic expenses for their present studies, such as savings, employment, or other scholarships
  • Commit to return to Peru within a year of completing her studies in the United States, with the purpose of applying her knowledge and training.
For more information, please visit www.oas.org/en/rowefund/, or contact rowefund@oas.org.
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Scholar Rescue Fund
To mark its 10th anniversary, IIE's Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) is featuring the inspiring stories of 10 threatened scholars whose lives and academic work have been saved by the Fund. 

Dr. Martin C. Njoroge, a Kenyan scholar of sociolinguistics, approached SRF for support when violent political protests erupted in Kenya in response to the outcome of the presidential elections. An SRF partnership with the University of Pennsylvania allowed Dr. Njoroge to conduct his research in safety until he was able to return to Kenya a year later. He is now Director of the Confucius Institute at Kenyatta University. 

Read more about Dr. Njoroge’s story on the SRF tenth anniversary website: www.scholarrescuefund.org/pages/posts/dr.-martin-c.-njoroge61.php.
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