An Education Crisis in Syria
In the most recent post on IIE's Opening Minds blog, Daniela Kaisth, Vice President for Strategic Development, writes that "IIE has convened more than 33 universities and other organizations to provide over $1.3 million in scholarships for Syrian students and host Syrian scholars through the IIE Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis. In September at the Clinton Global Initiative, IIE joined with Jusoor, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), and EducationUSA-Syria to mobilize emergency support for threatened Syrian students and scholars."
Education and the Workforce: Matching Skills and Needs: Reflections on the 2012 World Innovation Summit in Doha
The annual World Innovation Summit on Education -- known as WISE -- is a unique, multi-sectoral education conference. It brings together stakeholders from primary, secondary, and higher education, government, corporations and technology companies, NGOs, and – critically – students. In his most recent blog entry, Daniel Obst, IIE’s Deputy Vice President for International Partnerships, writes that "one of the key themes that came up over and over again was the need to better align resources and coordinate financing for education." Read about his takeaways from the WISE Summit, as they relate to education and the workforce, one of the core higher education topics at the conference.
The Institute of International Education (IIE) European Office
is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2012 IIE Europe Award for Excellence. This year the award will be presented to Anthony C. Gooch on December 7th in recognition of his establishment and continued support of the Klein Family Scholarships
, which provide full financial support to talented Hungarian students to study at Sewanee: The University of the South.
Mr. Gooch, a retired partner with over forty years of experience at the international law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, based in New York, has written and co-authored numerous books and articles on documentation for financial derivative products and loan documentation.
The Klein Family Scholarships were conceived of in 2003 by Mr. Gooch’s late wife, Linda B. Klein, who was of Hungarian descent on her father’s side. The scholarships are permanently endowed by gifts to the University of the South made by Ms. Klein herself and by Mr. Gooch and others to honor her memory. The University generously provides partial matching of ongoing gifts and the endowment income, which makes the program possible.
One four-year full scholarship is offered each year to a high school student from Hungary or from another Central or Eastern European country, to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree at Sewanee: The University of the South. The Institute of International Education’s European Office conducts the program outreach and manages the prescreening process for the Klein Family Scholarships.
The Japanese Ministry of Education has launched a new funding project, The Promotion of Global Human Resource Development, to foster human resources who can positively meet the challenges and succeed in the global field. 42 universities were selected to promote the internalization of university education. For more information, please visit: www.mext.go.jp/english/highered/1326675.htm
In addition, the Japanese Ministry of Education offers the following funding projects for internationalization of Japanese higher education:
The U.S. Department of Education has released its online version of the International Strategy document: Succeeding Globally through International Education and Engagement. The publication affirms the Department's commitment to preparing today's youth, and our country more broadly, for a globalized world, and to engaging with the international community to improve education. It is fully integrated with the Department's domestic agenda and designed to simultaneously attain two strategic goals: strengthen U.S. education and advance our nation's international priorities.
The strategy, which the Department has already begun to implement, will be used to guide the Department's activities and allocation of resources to reflect the highest priority and most strategic topics, parts of the world, and activities.
To read or download, please visit:
The European Commission is launching a new strategy paper called Rethinking Education to persuade Member States to boost the performance and efficiency of their education systems. The paper focuses on the contribution of education to sustainable growth and to better socio-economic outcomes. It aims to help European Union countries deliver informed and evidence-based policies and, to this end, it sets out a number of policy priorities for education and training systems, as a contribution to the European Commission's Annual Growth Survey.
An article in The Economic Times blog compares trends of the Chinese and Indian higher education systems. Dr. Rahul Choudaha, Director of Research and Advisory Service at World Education Service, notes that "the Indian higher education system is highly concentrated at the undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree level. As a proportion of the total student enrollment in higher education, India has nearly 75% of all its students pursuing a bachelor’s degree as compared to 43% for China and half for the U.S. This clearly has implications on growth directions, expectations and outcomes for higher education."
The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) launched their weekly blog, Without Borders, during International Education Week. The blog serves as a springboard to the celebration of people and the discussion of themes in international education in Canada and across the globe. Without Borders aims to provide CBIE members and the broader community with the insights of leaders in a range of spheres on matters of importance in international education. Guest bloggers will include thought leaders from various fields and sectors, and experts within CBIE’s membership and professional staff.
To read the inaugural blog, written by His Excellency the Right Honourable Governor General David Johnston, please visit: www.cbie-bcei.ca/?p=10160/
Thursday, December 6, 201
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
This one-day conference, organized by the British Council, is designed for senior-level higher education professionals. The buzzword in global higher education for the last ten years has been internationalization, but why not entrepreneurship? What are the opportunity costs of failing to create a culture of entrepreneurship at your university?
As tuition and fees continue to rise and graduate unemployment rates remain high, students and employers are demanding change - but is entrepreneurship-focused curriculum the solution? Can entrepreneurship be taught in the same way across disciplines, and can entrepreneurial thinking save the liberal arts degree? What does success look like for students, employers and society?
For more information or to register, go to:
June 11-13, 2013
Early Bird Registration Deadline: March 15, 2013
The Global Internship Conference seeks to bring together all those parties involved in the growing field of academic work placement and experiential education. The conference will explore wide-ranging issues such as best practices, diversity, paid and unpaid placements, and government policies, as well as discuss current issues that attendees bring to the ever changing agenda.
DCHA/CMM Atrocities Prevention Fellowship (part-time): December 19, 2012
General applications to the program: Rolling
The Institute of International Education (IIE) was awarded USAID’s Democracy Fellows and Grants (DFG) Program, funded through USAID’s Center for Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG), in September 2012. USAID’s Democracy Fellows Program was initiated first in 1995 to promote democratic practices in emerging and transitional democracies by placing experienced DRG professionals within USAID. The current DFG program, effective from September 2012 – September 2017, is designed 1) to develop a pool of committed professionals at the junior, mid-, and senior levels; 2) to strengthen relations between USAID and academic, think tank, and research organizations; and 3) to promote research and innovative solutions to DRG programs.
The program offers two types of opportunities to engage experts, students, and academic institutions in supporting USAID programming and policy:
1) fellowships to junior, mid-level, and senior DRG professionals and
2) grants to academic or research institutions working in the DRG fields.
The fellowships include full-time Democracy Fellows as salaried IIE positions with benefits, as well as short-term Fellows, part-time Fellows, and Interns in order to allow scholars or students with long-term commitments to other academic and research institutions also to contribute to building USAID’s technical leadership in democracy promotion. Please visit the DFG site
for more information on the program.
More information on the DFG grants program will be available on the DFG site
in the coming months.
Deadline: December 31, 2012
The Esso Angolan Scholars Program is a competitive scholarship that provides funding for students from Angola to pursue a Master's degree in the geosciences at a university in the United States or the United Kingdom. Through this unique scholarship opportunity administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), ExxonMobil aims to contribute to the expansion of a creative, globally competent workforce in the country of Angola, with a primary focus on geosciences.
Finalists for the scholarship are invited to a two day short course event held in Houston, Texas. Short course attendees will develop business skills related to the energy industry and network with Angolan colleagues. Recipients will receive full tuition for the completion of a Master’s degree in the field of Geosciences. Some students may qualify for the opportunity to apply their skills through internships with ExxonMobil.
Candidates must be citizens of Angola and hold a Bachelor’s degree in Geosciences from a college or university in the United States or the United Kingdom. Applicants do not need to currently be residing in Angola, although they must demonstrate Angolan citizenship.
Submission Deadline: January 28
Dell Social Innovation Challenge
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 social change. The Dell Social Innovation Challenge rewards university students who develop innovative ideas to transform society and offers $350,000 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 innovative ideas on dellchallenge.org for a challenge. Both nonprofit and for-profit ideas are eligible.
Deadline: February 22, 2013
The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law is seeking exceptionally qualified candidates to serve as O’Neill Institute Law Fellows. Housed at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., the O’Neill Institute is a leading research institute for health law. For more details about O’Neill and its ongoing work visit: www.oneillinstitute.org
Fellows work on academic legal research and scholarly projects. Duties include working closely with faculty to produce scholarly works for publication, in some cases leading to joint publication. Fellowship terms are one year, with possible extension to two years, and will begin in Fall 2013. Fellows receive an annual salary of $65,000 with outstanding benefits.
Candidates must have a J.D. degree (or the equivalent), exceptional academic credentials including publications, and health law-related research interests in areas like public health law, global health law, domestic health care law, empirical studies, regulatory impacts on health, health and human rights. Successful candidates will have knowledge and/or experience in aspects of national and/or global health law and ethics. A post-graduate degree (M.P.H., LL.M.) or significant work experience is preferred.
Applications must include: CV, cover letter, writing sample, professional references, official law school transcripts and other graduate school transcripts (if applicable). Any questions about the position should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
December 6, 2012
2:00 - 3:15PM EST
The decision-making process that ultimately results in a student studying abroad is not a simple one. Like the decision to attend college, this choice process begins years before and moves through a sequence of decisions that, at each point, restrict or expand the possible options and the likelihood of actual participation. This webinar, hosted by Diversity Abroad, will lay out a framework for understanding this decision-making process, outline the factors that seem to influence it, and describe how diverse student types respond differently to similar factors.
Participants will develop an understanding of the student decision-making process to study abroad and the factors that may influence students' decisions to go abroad. This webinar will be particularly appropriate for study abroad professionals, faculty, and senior academic affairs administrators interested in increasing participation in study abroad.
Deadline: December 15th, 2012
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is offering the following two summer study abroad programs to North American students:
University Summer Course Grant
This program provides scholarships to attend a broad range of three- to four-week summer courses at German universities which focus mainly on German language and literary, cultural, political and economic aspects of modern and contemporary Germany. Extensive extracurricular programs complement and reinforce the core material. Please find further information at: www.daad.org/summercourse
Intensive Language Course Grant
DAAD offers grants to graduate students at North American universities to attend 8-week intensive language courses at leading institutes in Germany. For further information please visit: www.daad.org/languagecourses