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In the most recent post on IIE’s new Opening Minds blog, IIE’s President and CEO Allan E. Goodman writes that "...the role of the university in world society may not be measured by rankings and it may not depend completely even on the comprehensiveness of curriculum. Something more fundamental may be a willingness to embrace taking a global perspective for faculty as well as students. Once that exists, we may be entering an era where all that is making our world so interconnected will greatly facilitate preparing truly global citizens."

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Deadline Extension to Join the Commitment: October 22, 2012

The crisis in Syria has created an academic emergency, with the break-down of higher education within the country and major obstacles facing Syrian students and scholars who are studying or teaching outside of Syria. Many university students are unable to attend classes and complete their degrees, due to continued violence and campus closures or disruptions. There is an urgent need to provide emergency assistance to these students and scholars to enable them to continue their academic work in safe haven countries until they can return home to help rebuild their country. 

To invest in the future of Syria, IIE, in collaboration with Jusoor, a newly established organization focused on engaging the global Syrian diaspora in the economic and social development of Syria, and Illinois Institute of Technology, announced at the annual Clinton Global Initiative that it will lead an initiative to provide emergency support to Syrian students and scholars. 
 
Join the Commitment: A core component of our Commitment to Action is to build a consortium of universities and colleges around the world who will offer scholarships, tuition waivers or other forms of support to assist threatened Syrian students, with a goal of 50 new scholarships in the next year. IIE also calls upon colleges and universities to help provide emergency support to Syrian students already on their campuses who need assistance. And, we are seeking campuses who are able to be a host campus for threatened Syrian scholars who will receive fellowship support from IIE's Scholar Rescue Fund. 
 
We encourage our member institutions to join this effort. Please complete the "Commitment to Action" form and submit to IIE by October 22. 

For more information about the Commitment, or to download the form please go to www.iie.org/syria
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An article in The PIE News discusses that "all public school teachers in Abu Dhabi will be expected to be proficient in English by 2016 under a new programme to promote bi-literate education. More than 6,000 teachers across the emirate will undergo weekly training sessions to achieve a minimum required score on the TOEFL or IELTS exam."

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This list, curated by OnlineCollege.org, presents 50 educational leaders or organizations with valuable twitter feeds. The list includes administrators and researchers, educational technology organizations, higher education institutions, nonprofit organizations and activists, and policymakers and government organizations. IIE's twitter feed, @IIEGlobal, was included in this list. 


To follow IIE's twitter feed, go to www.twitter.com/IIEGlobal.

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A recent article in Times Higher Education reports efforts in the UK to support students from Syria. "The British Council and Universities UK are negotiating with institutions currently training students who are part of the Syrian ministry’s Higher Education Capacity Building Project to see whether the universities will waive or defer the payment of fees."


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NAFSA: Association of International Educators recently published a new report, Leading Comprehensive Internationalization: Strategies and Tactics for Action, which "presents a flexible framework for the "how" of both strategy and action for comprehensive internationalization. Authored by John Hudzik (former vice president for global engagement at Michigan State University) and JoAnn McCarthy (former assistant provost for international affairs at the University of Pennsylvania and now director of a academic affairs for INTO University Partnerships USA), it is a follow on to Hudzik’s Comprehensive Internationalization: From Concept to Action and expands the action approach, including examples, to stimulate internationalization." 

The free e-publication can be downloaded at: www.nafsa.org/cizn2.
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Conferences

Registrations are now open for the Forum on Education Abroad’s workshops that focus on issues of concern to the field of education abroad. The workshops are designed to be highly interactive, timely and informative, providing participants with current best practices and how these practices can be implemented to meet the Forum’s Standard of Good Practice.

Full-day workshop: Standards of Good Practice for Short-Term Education Abroad Programs
Location and Host: Portland, OR; Portland State University
Date: October 29, 2012

Full-day workshop: Implications of the New Clery Handbook - What Does it Mean for Education Abroad?
Co-facilitator: NACUA
Location and Host: Los Angeles, LA; Occidental College
Date: October 31, 2012

Half-day workshop: Standards of Good Practice for Short-Term Education Abroad Programs
Location and Host: Los Angeles, LA; Occidental College
Date: November 1, 2012

For more information, please visit www.forumea.org/events.cfm.
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Deadlines

Deadline: October 19, 2012

Once again, our 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.  The partner organizations are: American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), American Council on Education (ACE), Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), Institute of International Education (IIE), and NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

To complete the survey, please go to: www.iiefeedback.org/se.ashx?s=612502253D860DB7.
 
Please respond by October 19, 2012 and ensure that only one reply is submitted per campus. 
 
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.

Thank you very much for participating in this short survey, which should take no more than 15 minutes to complete, once you have gathered the relevant data. To complete the survey, please go to: www.iiefeedback.org/se.ashx?s=612502253D860DB7. Comments or questions about the survey may be directed to: strocheva@iie.org

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Deadline: October 19, 2012

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is delighted to invite you to nominate your program for the 2013 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 Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education, send an e-mail to HeiskellAwards@iie.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

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.

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. 
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Deadline: December 5, 2012

The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Iraq is designed to bring junior Iraqi scholars to U.S. host institutions for faculty development, mentoring, and cultural exchange activities. The intent of the ten-week program is to equip scholars with the knowledge and tools needed to build the capacity of universities in Iraq and to advance the education of future generations of Iraqis. In addition, it lays the foundation for Iraqi 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, IIE’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) seeks five host institutions to implement the ten-week summer program scheduled to be held from June 29, 2013 through September 7, 2013. Approximately seven scholars will be placed in disciplined-based cohorts at each of the five selected U.S. host institutions. U.S. host institutions are to submit a proposal to host scholars in one of the following disciplines: American Literature; Engineering; Political Science; Science and Technology; TEFL/linguistics.

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

Funded by the U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq and supported by 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/Iraq/

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Deadline: November 9, 2012

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announces an open competition for the administration of the FY 2013 Tunisia Community College Scholarship Program which will support study by current undergraduate students and young people wishing to improve vocational skills from underrepresented sectors and parts of Tunisia at accredited American community colleges throughout the United States.

As part of the United States Government’s Tunisia Scholarship Fund, the Tunisia Community College Scholarship Program provides will provide participants with a deeper understanding of American culture and new globally-applicable skills and expertise to help them contribute to the economic growth and development of their country.

For more information on the Tunisia Community College Scholarship Program, visit:

Details are also available through these links:
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Deadline: November 15, 2012

The U. S. Department of State is pleased to announce the scholarship competition for the 2013 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program in thirteen critical need foreign languages. The CLS Program provides fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students.

Languages offered: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

The application is available online at www.clscholarship.org. Applications will be due November 15, 2012. Prior to preparing their application, interested students should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website. Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can also be found at the link above.

Students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, sciences, and humanities are encouraged to apply. While there is no service requirement attached to CLS Program awards, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers.

The CLS Program will be planning outreach events at universities across the U.S. in fall 2012. Check out the CLS webpage or CLS Facebook page for updates!

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Application Deadline: October 19, 2012

The Western Union Foundation is now accepting applications for its Family Scholarship Program. The Family Scholarship Program provides immigrant/migrant families with an opportunity to move up the economic development ladder through education. Grants are provided to two members of one family to assist with college tuition, language acquisition, technical training and GED classes. Scholarship applications will be evaluated based upon the applicants’ barriers to education, community involvement, goals, and demonstrated financial need. A link to the application, as well as a full list of eligibility requirements, can be referenced through the program website: www.foundation.westernunion.com/education_programs.html 
 
Please contact wufoundation@iie.org for additional information about the program.

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