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The Institute of International Education's Center for Academic Mobility Research is pleased to announce the publication of a new briefing paper: U.S. and Australian International Student Data Collection: Key Differences and Practices. 

This briefing paper summarizes the findings of a comparative study on international student data collection methods and practices in the United States and in Australia, conducted in collaboration with the International Research and Analysis Unit of Australian Education International (AEI) with support from the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE). The paper summarizes the key differences between the data collection systems of both countries and identifies best practices in Australian data collection which can be used to improve data collection efforts in other countries, as well as ways in which countries can collaborate to move toward the common goal of better cross-national comparability of mobility data.


To read a blog entry by the report’s author, Patricia Chow, please go to: www.iie.org/Blog/2012/October/US-Australia

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A recent article in Inside Higher Ed highlights the higher education community's booming interest in Brazil -- from recruiting Brazilian scholarship students, to promoting study abroad to Brazil, and developing academic linkages.


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An article that appeared in the Economist in a special section on India, A Billion Brains: A Better Education System Calls for More than Money, discusses the shortage of skilled workers in India. "In 2010 India had just over 500,000 civil engineers when it needed nearly 4m, and 45,000 architects when it needed 366,000. It predicts that by 2020 the cumulative shortfall of core professionals involved in the building trade could be in the tens of millions." 

The article highlights the central role of higher education: "To make India more competitive, though, the biggest gains in education must come after school: in vocational and higher education."

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IIE and the German-American Fulbright Commission will lead a delegation of chief financial officers from fifteen U.S. higher education institutions to Germany this fall. The program, "Do More with Less – Implementing Change in Higher Education Management in Germany," will enable the CFOs to compare lean management at U.S. and German universities and identify best practices in both systems. The goal of the study visit is to introduce the U.S. administrators to the ways that German universities have responded to major financial reform pressures over the last decade and the results they have achieved, and to explore how this might be relevant to the current U.S. context.

From October 7-13, 2012, the U.S. delegation will participate in workshops, expert meetings and panel discussions, and will visit a range of German universities in Berlin, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and Hamburg.

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Deadline: October 19, 2012

Once again, a group of higher education associations is jointly surveying its members/member institutions to gather data comparing this fall’s international student enrollments with last fall’s, in order to share the results with our memberships and with the public. Please respond by October 19, 2012 and ensure that only one reply is submitted per campus. 

To complete the survey, please go to: www.iiefeedback.org/se.ashx?s=612502253D860DB7 
  
To update the information collected in last year’s online survey, and to supplement the more comprehensive data you provide each year to SEVIS and to Open Doors, we hope you can give us some quick and early feedback (via the online survey form) on enrollment trends so far this academic year (starting in Fall 2012). By sharing this information (in aggregate form) with the international education community and the media, we hope to develop a wider understanding among the press, the general public, and policy makers at state and national levels, about how higher education institutions continue to be affected by the various factors which impact international enrollments. Comments or questions about the survey may be directed to: strocheva@iie.org

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Deadline: November 2

The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by IIE, is interested in hearing from U.S. higher education institutions about their foreign language teaching assistant goals for the 2013-14 academic year.  

IIE is requesting institutions complete a quick survey so IIE can gather statistics for the next academic year.  With this data, IIE can better communicate with you and program partners abroad about potential placements. Please complete a survey at www.iiefeedback.org/se.ashx?s=6125022500C8F187 by November 2, 2012.  

About the FLTA Program
The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program enables young educators to refine their teaching skills, increase their English language proficiency and extend their knowledge of the cultures and customs of the United States. FLTAs engage in non-degree studies at accredited post-secondary U.S. educational institutions while assisting in language departments. FLTAs teach language courses, supervise language labs, lead language table discussion; act as resource persons in conversation groups, cultural representatives and much more. To learn more about the Fulbright FLTA Program, please visit: www.flta.fulbrightonline.org/about.html

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Deadline: October 19, 2012

IIE invites you to nominate your program for the 2013 IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education. IIE created these awards to honor outstanding initiatives in international higher education by IIENetwork member universities and colleges. IIE's Heiskell Awards showcase the most innovative and successful models for internationalization of campuses, study abroad, and international exchange partnerships in practice today.  There are four award categories for 2013.

Read more about the award categories and download the application at: www.iie.org/Who-We-Are/IIENetwork-Membership/Heiskell-Awards

If you have any questions about nominating for the IIE Heiskell Awards, send an e-mail to HeiskellAwards@iie.org.

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Conferences

Application Deadline: December 10, 2012

The U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce a Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program opportunity for Summer 2013: 

Seminar Title: History, Culture and Economic Development in China

Duration: Four Weeks; exact dates to be determined (typically beginning in late June)
 
Participants: U.S. K-12 educators, administrators, and media resource specialists who have responsibility for curriculum and instruction in the social sciences, humanities, foreign languages and area studies
 
Program Content: China’s increasing global influence presents a need for U.S. educators to fully understand its transformation into a worldwide economic powerhouse and related challenges. This Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program will provide a unique in-country study experience for U.S. educators and administrators to examine China’s history, culture, society, and economy.

The awards include: round-trip economy airfare, room and board, program-related travel within the host country. Participants are responsible for a cost share of $450.

The application package will be available starting Oct 24, 2012.  For more information, please go to www2.ed.gov/programs/iegpssap/elsecseminars.html or contact Carly Borgmeier at Carly.Borgmeier@ed.gov or (202) 502-7691. 

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Deadlines

Fulbright German Studies Seminar
Deadline: October 15, 2012

The Fulbright German Studies Seminar, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, gives participants a firsthand look into how Germany’s political, economic and cultural systems deal with contemporary issues. For U.S. scholars, the engagement in substantive dialogue with political, academic, scientific, journalistic and cultural leaders in Germany can strengthen research and teaching. The German Studies Seminar is a group program that explores themes of transnational relevance from a German perspective and within the broader context of the European Union. The seminar will take place from June 10-19, 2013. 

For more information or to apply, visit www.cies.org/GSS/

Fulbright International Education Administrator Seminars in Japan and Korea
Deadline: November 1

The Fulbright International Education Administrator Seminars, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, are designed for U.S. higher education administrators who are interested in spending an intensive two-week seminar in one of six countries: India, Japan, Korea, Germany, France, or the U.K. Each seminar offers participants an in-depth look at the higher education system, culture and society of the host country and provides an invigorating opportunity for networking with international and U.S. colleagues. Participants return to their home institutions empowered with first-hand knowledge, new professional connections and an enhanced ability to build partnerships, encourage study abroad participation and support international students. The next IEA deadline, for the seminars in Japan and Korea, is on November 1. 

For more information or to apply, visit www.cies.org/IEA.
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Scholarship Deadline: February 13, 2013
Fellowship Deadline: January 31, 2013

Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations. Boren Awards are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.  

For applications and more details, please visit www.borenawards.org.
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Fellow and Scholar Application Deadline: January 21, 2013
Summer Application Deadline: February 4, 2013
Spring 2013 Undergraduate Deadline: October 8, 2012

The Whitaker International Program sends emerging leaders in U.S. biomedical engineering (or bioengineering) overseas to undertake a self-designed project that will enhance their careers within the field. The goal of the program is to assist the development of professional leaders who are not only superb scientists, but who also will advance the profession through an international outlook. Along with supporting grant projects in an academic setting, the Whitaker International Program encourages grantees to engage in policy work and propose projects in an industry setting. 

For 2013, the program will fund: 60 Fellow and Scholar Grants; 20 Summer Grants; and 40 Undergraduate Grants. Please visit the specific programs for detailed eligibility requirement at their website: www.whitaker.org.
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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.

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

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. The application deadline is November 1, 2012 and recipients will be announced in December 2012. All accredited U.S. colleges and universities, as well as public libraries are eligible to apply.  

USIP is an independent, nonpartisan institution established and funded by Congress to increase the nation’s capacity to manage international conflict without violence. By supporting events across the country that cover a wide range of peace and conflict mitigation topics, USIP aims to contribute in a significant way to the national conversation on addressing and preventing international conflict.

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