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In this article published in the current edition of IIENetworker magazine, the authors Fanta Aw and Evelyn Levinson provide a case study of American University's approach to international enrollment management. AU's approach is "evidence-based and data-driven, and rests on four pillars: investment in appropriate support infrastructure, a robust data warehouse to track and assess efforts, an actionable plan, and strategic partnerships."

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In the most recent entry on IIE's new blog, IIE President Allan Goodman writes that "over the past twelve months, IIE has been visited by education officials from nearly all of the countries undergoing transformation because of the so-called Arab/Asian Spring. Each has asked similar questions about access to U.S. higher education. There is an urgent need to provide education for an entire generation (or two) that has been largely isolated. Questions abound about how to apply to U.S. colleges and universities, how to obtain scholarships, and how to bring their English language skills up to acceptable levels."

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Promoting cross-border higher education cooperation is the aim of one of the four Declarations issued at the 20th APEC Leaders' Meeting that took place in Vladivostok, Russia, from September 8-9, 2012 on the theme Integrate to Grow, Innovate to Prosper. 

In the Declaration, APEC Leaders agree that "strengthening collaboration among APEC economies is crucial for facilitation of the work on specific policies, including those relating to quality assurance, accreditation, cross-border exchange and data collection. Such work will have a significant impact on the education sector in APEC economies."

The Declaration proposes guidelines for enhancing student, researchers and education provider mobility and further developing the existing network of bilateral agreements in this field in the APEC region.

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A recent article in the United Arab Emirates' The National discusses the opportunities and challenges for the Dubai International Academic City (Diac), which represents the largest concentration of overseas college branches anywhere. "The UAE has a total of 37 branch campuses and 21 of them are located in Diac. But no new ones have opened this year and there are three fewer today than in 2009 amid rising competition from Asia and an increase in the number of students from the region going to the United States to study."

The article also includes an interview with Ayoub Kazim, the managing director of Tecom Investments Education Cluster in Dubai, who "talks about the trend for overseas campuses and increased competition in the education sector."

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In her most recent blog entry on HuffPost College, Staci Berdan challenges "students and their parents to look at things a little bit differently. Look for a curriculum that offers you an international perspective and an opportunity to study languages. Although college is about learning, it's also about acquiring the necessary skills to land a job when you've graduated. World language skills have increasingly become a differentiator for hiring managers among graduates. Even if you're not proficient, a solid working knowledge of another language indicates an openness to and appreciation for other cultures, a critical 21st century skill."

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012
1-2pm Eastern Time (New York, GMT-04:00)

International education experts Hans De Wit and Madeleine Green will define comprehensive internationalization and illustrate how institutions can use the concept to develop an integrated and pervasive internationalization plan. They will explore different underlying rationales for internationalization and their alignment with strategy. Participants will gain the latest insights on comprehensive internationalization and why it needs to be at the core of higher education in the 21st century.

Invite key people on your campus to join you for this webinar. Register today and gather your team to listen for free. 
Your registration allows you one computer connection for unlimited participants. Site Fee: $125 per computer. 

To register, please go to: www.video.webcasts.com/events/pmny001/viewer/index.jsp?eventid=44220. If you have any difficulties registering, please contact tsc@talkpoint.com
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Registration Deadline: October 5, 2012

Edufairs Recruitment invites you to participate in the November Edufairs Tour to recruit students during a key period in the Turkish student academic year and enjoy Turkey’s famed hospitality.

Edufairs Recruitment Tour Turkey is owned and operated by experienced and professional fair organizers with over 20 years of fair coordination experience and over 40 years experience in the field of international education between them. 

Register by October 5 and receive a free half page add in the Edufairs StudyAbroad Magazine. 

For more information and to register, please visit: www.edufairs.net/. If you have questions, please contact Dawn Borndahl, at dawn@edufairs.net
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Conferences

November 13-15, 2012
Doha, Qatar

The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) will convene for its fourth annual Summit on November 13-15, 2012, in Doha, Qatar. WISE is a global forum dedicated to innovative thinking about building the future of education, with over 1,000 leaders and practitioners taking part from education, government, international organizations, business, social enterprise and the media.

WISE is pleased to announce that 200 places at the Summit have now been made available. WISE 2012 offers the chance to participate in three days of debate, dialogue, and networking under the theme, "Collaborating for Change." You will be able to connect with education stakeholders from more than 100 countries, including the winners of the 2012 WISE Awards, which recognize successful innovative projects from around the world. You may also attend the presentation ceremony of the second WISE Prize for Education, awarded to an individual or a team that has been selected by an International Jury for an outstanding contribution to education, and hear the Laureate's address.

For application information, including price and travel arrangements, please visit: www.wise-qatar.org/content/wise-2012-apply-now
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Thursday, October 18, 2012, 9:00am – 5:00pm
DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois

Higher education in both the US and UK is at a crossroads. As government budgets are slashed and tuition and fees increase, how are institutions adapting themselves? How well are communities and institutions working together to help spur needed economic development? Is there room for internationalization in this climate of uncertainty? How can institutions prove that a degree still has the return on investment and strong employment prospects that have long been associated with higher education?

Please join the second event in the British Council Higher Education Series in Chicago as they discuss and debate these issues with speakers from the US and UK who represent a range of international voices and perspectives.


If you are interested in attending another Series event or have any questions, please contact Libby Rosenbaum, HE Partnerships Manager, at libby.rosenbaum@britishcouncil.org or 202.588.7653
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November 16-17, 2012
New York, New York

Jusooris inviting Syrians from around the world as well as members of the global community with an interest in contributing to Syria's future to attend their first annual global conference. Jusoor is a network of Syrians living around the world who are committed to supporting the economic development of Syria.

This conference will focus on establishing a vision for Syria in 2025 and on the role that the global Syrian community can play in shaping Syria’s future. Serving as the one of the largest diasporas in the world, the global Syrian community has extraordinary potential to help shape that future and ensure that the Syria of tomorrow lives up to these ideals. 

If you are interested in getting involved in organizing the conference or learning more, please send an email to info@jusoor-sy.org, or visit the Jusoor’s First Annual Global Conference website.
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January 28-29, 2013
Washington, DC

Early Registration Deadline: November 1st

The Washington International Education Council brings together universities from throughout the United States with sponsoring organizations. Conference participants will hear from key Embassy and sponsoring organization personnel on programs that fund international students in the United States. In addition to the Embassy meetings, Conference sessions will include practical information that can immediately enhance your international recruitment program at minimum cost to your institution. Distinguished presenters from the Institute of International Education (IIE), World Education Services (WES) and i-graduate will provide information on the latest trends in international student enrollment. Government representatives will discuss the latest developments on visa issuance and regulations governing international students while they are in the United States.

For additional information and registration forms, please contact inquiries@washcouncil.org or www.washcouncil.org
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Deadlines

Deadline: December 5, 2012

The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Libya is designed to bring junior Libyan scholars to U.S. host institutions for faculty development, mentoring, and cultural exchange activities. The intent of the ten-week program is to equip grantees with the knowledge and tools needed to build the capacity of universities in Libya and to advance the education of future generations of Libyans. In addition, it lays the foundation for Libyan scholars and their U.S. hosts to develop long-term institutional relationships and to identify areas of cooperation that can be sustained beyond the grant period.

Through this request for proposal, CIES seeks six institutions to implement the ten-week summer program scheduled to be held from July 7, 2013 to September 14, 2013. Approximately ten scholars will be placed in discipline-based cohorts at each of the six selected U.S. host institutions. U.S. host institutions are to submit a proposal to host scholars in one of the following disciplines: Engineering; Information Technology; Natural Sciences; Public Administration; Public Health; TEFL/linguistics.

Participating institutions will enjoy a unique opportunity to establish lasting relationships with faculty members at universities in Libya and to build upon current efforts to internationalize their campuses and surrounding communities.

Funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), this program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), a division of the Institute of International Education (IIE).

For more information about program goals, host institution eligibility requirements, and application information, please go to: www.cies.org/Fulbright/Libya/
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Application Deadline: Extended to October 15, 2012

After the tragic events last month in Benghazi, IIE is committed, now more than ever, to enhancing academic ties between the U.S. and Libya. Similar to the Center for International Partnerships’ flagship International Academic Partnership Program, the Libya Special Partnership Initiative will select a small group of U.S. higher education institutions to participate in an accelerated strategic planning process for partnering with Libya. This program will include an accelerated strategic planning process, a capacity-building delegation to each focus country, informational webinars, and expert mentorship. 

Program Information
  • Eligibility: The program is open to all accredited U.S. colleges and universities, especially those with experience in Libya or demonstrated interest in engaging with Libya. 
  • Length of Program: The program lasts for six months and includes a one-week study tour to the focus country.
  • Program Cycle: December 2012–May 2013
  • Study Tour to Libya: 2013 (subject to on-the-ground conditions)
  • 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 Libya, not including international airfare.

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Application Deadline: November 1, 2012

U.S. universities, colleges, and public libraries are encouraged to apply for U.S. Institute of Peace Public Education for Peacebuilding Support. Through this initiative, administered by IIE, USIP will enable American institutions and public libraries to hold events that advance and promote the understanding of peacebuilding and international conflict resolution.

The support may be used for a variety of activities or events, including educational or training workshops, lectures, speaker programs, library forums, and web-based forums.

Over the next year, this initiative will provide $2000 each to 250 U.S. institutions and public libraries. The activity or event must address issues of international conflict and its resolution and be held during the Spring 2013 academic semester. All accredited U.S. colleges and universities, as well as public libraries are eligible to apply.  

For more information or to download the application, please go to www.iie.org/usipsupport or email usipsupport@iie.org.

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Submission Deadline: October 24, 2012

Starting September 13, DellChallenge.org acts as an educational innovation community where university students, academia, primary/K12 educators, mentors, judges and fellow students from around the globe can network, share best practices and inspire each other to create educational change. The Dell Education Challenge rewards university students who develop innovative ideas to transform learning in today’s primary schools, and also offers $30,000 in prizes and awards to help students put their ideas into action. Any undergrad or graduate student in any field of study, from any country, can post all of their educations ideas on dellchallenge.org/k12 for a challenge. Both nonprofit and for-profit ideas are eligible.

For more information on this program, visit the Dell Education Challenge web page. To download a PDF brochure, please click here.
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Deadline: November 18

Princeton in Africa (PiAf) is a nonprofit organization that offers yearlong fellowship opportunities with a variety of organizations working across the African continent. PiAf Fellows work in service-oriented positions in many different fields, including humanitarian aid, public health, conservation, education and social enterprise. Since its launch in 1999, PiAf has placed nearly 300 Fellows in 34 countries around the continent. Graduating seniors and young alumni from any nonprofit U.S. college or university are eligible to apply. 

Applications for 2013-14 fellowships are due Sunday, November 18, 2012.

For more information and to access the online application, visit www.princetoninafrica.org or email piafapp@princeton.edu
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Deadline: January 22, 2013

The Inter-American Foundation (IAF) was created in 1969 by the United States Congress to fund the self-help initiatives of the organized poor in Latin America and the Caribbean and the groups that directly support them. To complement its work, the IAF fellowships provide support for Ph.D. candidates from United States universities to conduct dissertation research in Latin America and the Caribbean on topics related to grassroots development. 

IAF's Fellowships are intended to increase awareness of grassroots development efforts while building a community of professionals and scholars knowledgeable in the subject. Fellows examine the efforts of the rural and urban poor to improve their lives, their methods of organization and production, and the policies and programs designed to alleviate their poverty. Funding is for between four and 13 months. The Inter-American Foundation expects to award up to 15 Doctoral Field Research Fellowships in 2013.

For more information and to apply, please visit www.iie.org/iaf.

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Scholar Rescue Fund

Letter from Allan E. Goodman, President and CEO, Institute of International Education
 
The crisis in Syria has created an academic emergency, with the breakdown of higher education within the country and major obstacles facing Syrian students and scholars who are studying or teaching outside of Syria. There is an urgent need to provide emergency assistance to these students and scholars to enable them to continue their academic work at safe haven institutions until they can return home to help rebuild their country.
 
To respond to this need, the Institute of International Education, along with the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and Jusoor, announced at the 2012 annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative a Commitment to Action that includes providing emergency grants to students whose education has been interrupted by the crisis, and to scholars whose lives are threatened in Syria. Together, we have committed a total of $2 million, and are now seeking donors and partners to provide additional financial support and scholarships for this critically important work, with a goal of $5 million in support.
 
We need your support to reach this goal. A core component of our CGI Commitment is to build a consortium of universities and colleges around the world who will offer scholarships to assist threatened Syrian students. For example, the Illinois Institute of Technology has already committed to provide up to 50 scholarships to Syrian students to attend IIT. I call upon you to join this consortium and provide scholarships or other forms of assistance to students from Syria. Even one scholarship will make a difference. To join the consortium, please go to www.iie.org/syria and take action by October 15. 
 
Together, we can support Syria in this moment of crisis. I hope you will join us in this urgent endeavor.

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Chronicle of Higher Education: International Support Mobilizes for Syrian Academics Caught in Civil War www.chronicle.com/article/International-Support/134644/ 

Inside Higher Education: Safe Haven for Syrian Scholars

University World News: Higher education mounts rescue efforts for Syrian students, scholars 
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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. Myint Oo is a Burmese physician and health educator whose advocacy for human rights and links to international health organizations subjected him to threats, harassment, and multiple arrests. Through a SRF fellowship, he continued his work in public health in safety at Tufts University and University College Cork. He recently returned to his home country and has resumed his work with the General Practitioners’ Society as Secretary for the Committee of Ethics. Read more about Dr. Oo’s life and work here: www.scholarrescuefund.org/pages/posts/dr.-myint-oo66.php
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