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More than half of international students hail from Asia, while Europe remains top study abroad destination 

The latest data for international student enrollment and study abroad at U.S. community colleges is now available as part of the 2012 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange.  A special Open Doors Community College Resource is now available online, with data tables on more than five years of international education trends for community colleges, including top host and sending countries and campuses, fields of study and student characteristics.

Findings of the Open Doors report, published annually by the Institute of International Education in partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, reveal interesting trends for community colleges.

In 2011/12, the number of international students at community colleges increased by 5% over the past five years (since 2006/2007), but the latest figures also show a 2% decline in international students compared to 2010/11. From 89,853 in 2010/11, international enrollments fell to 87,997 in 2011/12. International students at associate’s institutions form 11.5% of total international students studying in the U.S. Latest data also show that more than half of the international students studying at associate’s institutions in the U.S. are from Asian countries.  There are some significant differences in where international students at community colleges come from compared to those in U.S. higher education as a whole. South Korea is about tied with China as the leading sender of students to U.S. community colleges, unlike the national trend for all institutions, where China is by far the leader. India, which is the #2 sender nationally, is at #10 for community colleges. The other countries in the top 10, Vietnam, Japan, Mexico, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Nepal and Venezuela, are all higher on the list for community colleges than they are for total U.S. higher education.

In 2010/11, study abroad figures for students at community colleges showed a decline: dropping from 5,412 students in 2009/10 to 4,566 in the latest data. Europe remained the top destination for students from American community colleges studying abroad, led by Italy, the United Kingdom and Spain. The new data also shows that community college students study abroad in Latin America more so (22%) than study abroad students overall (15%). On the domestic front, California community college students are especially active in study abroad: 15 of the 27 associate’s institutions with more than 50 students studying abroad are located in California. Short-term study abroad is the dominant form at associate’s institutions: 83% of community college study abroad students travel on short-term programs. Short term study programs are more flexible for students and allow them to have an international experience while still attending to work and family commitments at home.

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The Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) Board of Directors has appointed Allan E. Goodman, President and CEO of the Institute of International Education (IIE), to the Advisory Council of the CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG).

The CHEA International Quality Group was launched in September 2012, and seeks to provide a "forum for colleges, universities, accrediting and quality assurance organizations and others worldwide to address issues and challenges focused on quality and quality assurance in an international setting", according to CHEA. The CIQG will address issues ranging from defining quality and addressing rankings to combating degree mills and accreditation mills.

In addition to Dr. Goodman, the advisory council includes 18 other individuals from higher education institutions, associations, and multinational organizations that focus on higher education or quality assurance. 

The advisory council will provide guidance with regard to strategic direction, membership development and projects that the CIQG will undertake, as well as identifying key trends and issues in international quality assurance.

For more information, please visit: 
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The IIENetwork Handbook for International Educators includes resources for networking and internationalizing your campus and comprehensive listings for more than 6,000 professionals at over 1,200 higher education institutions, who are members of IIE. 

The IIENetwork Handbook is now also available in electronic format on the IIE website. To access this member benefit, IIE members can logon to: www.iie.org/Research-and-Publications/Publications-and-Reports/IIE-Bookstore/IIENetwork-Handbook-Educators-2012

The IIENetwork Handbook includes contact information for all IIE offices in the United States and abroad, as well as information about EducationUSA Regional Educational Advising Coordinators and Fulbright Commissions globally. We hope that this directory serves as a real resource tool for higher education institutions that are seeking to create international linkages. 

To purchase copies of the print edition of the IIENetwork Handbook, please go to: www.iiebooks.org/iienmemdir.html.
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The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is proud to announce all Spring 2013 scholarship recipients. During the Spring 2013 application cycle, the Gilman Scholarship Program reviewed more than 2,600 applications for over 1,000 awards. To view a list of these scholarship recipients, please go www.iie.org/gilman and select the link under the announcements box.

Thank you for your continued support of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. Throughout the Gilman Program's more than 10 years of success, we continue to see growth in the number of applications from your students and certifications made by the campus advisors. A special thanks to all international educators who certified applications, participated in spring selection panels and continue to support students in their efforts to study abroad. 

For more information, please contact us at gilmanadvisors@iie.org.
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Princeton University has announced a $10 million gift from two alumni, Mossavar-Rahmani and Bijan Mossavar-Rahamani, to establish a center for Persian Gulf studies. The funding "will support a comprehensive interdisciplinary approach to understanding Iran and the Persian Gulf, with special attention to the region’s significance to the world today." The center will be named the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies, and its scholars and students "will explore a broad range of topics, including regional and international security, oil and energy markets, and trade and global finance."

For more information, please visit: www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S35/30/15O69/index.xml
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Universities and Colleges as Economic Drivers: Measuring Higher Education’s Role in Economic Development, a new book published by SUNY Press, provides a comprehensive examination of the relationship between higher education, state government, and economic development. 

Local, state, and national economies are facing unprecedented levels of international competition. This book brings together leading scholars from a variety of disciplines to assess how universities and colleges exert impact on economic growth. The contributors consider various methodologies, metrics, and data sources that may be used to gauge the performance of diverse higher education institutions in improving economic outcomes in the United States and around the world.

Also presented are new typologies of economic development activities and related state policies that are designed to improve understanding of such initiatives and generate new energy and focus for an international community of scholars and practitioners working to formulate new models for how public universities and colleges may lead economic development in their states and communities while still performing their traditional educational functions.

For more information and to order a copy, please visit: 
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An article in The Pie News discusses how "studying abroad offers a holistic benefit to a student’s employability."

"Earlier this month, a British Council poll revealed a third of the UK population believed that they would have had a better job if they had studied abroad. Citing examples of students who had been language assistants abroad, the poll was another reminder that, in a shrinking world, graduates are competing for jobs with candidates in the global marketplace and not just in their own backyards."

The full article is available at:
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"Global Education: Knowledge-based Economies for 21st Century Nations"
March 4-6, 2013
Dubai, United Arab Emirates 

Early Registration Deadline: December 14, 2012

SPECIAL IIE MEMBER BENEFIT: IIE members receive a £100 registration discount

The British Council's Going Global Conference, one of the most important global higher education conferences, provides an opportunity for delegates to debate the drivers and motivations for international education, at both policy and practitioner level. Delegates consider how strategic approaches at both levels might integrate, and how they might support elements such as research, curriculum development, teaching, the student experience and staff development. The conference also provides great networking opportunities.

To qualify for the special IIE member registration discount, please visit: www.going-global-2013.marcom-education.com/registration. On the conference pass section select 'member of a partner organisation'. Members of IIE are then eligible for £100 discount pass rate. 

For more information, please go to: www.ihe.britishcouncil.org/going-global/registration
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"Accreditation, Higher Education and the Innovation Environment: Moving Beyond the Present" 
January 28-31, 2013
Washington Marriott Hotel- Washington, DC 

The CHEA 2013 Annual Conference and the inaugural CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG) 2013 Annual Meeting will feature key speakers and responders from higher education institutions and programs, accrediting organizations, government, higher education associations and foundations to address a range of accreditation-related issues. 

Click on the Preliminary Programs for the CHEA 2012 Annual Conference and the CIQG 2013 Annual Meeting for more information. To register, please visit: www.secure5.webfirst.com/chea.org/2013%20Annual%20Conference/2013_registration_index_WF.asp
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Priority Registration Deadline: December 31, 2012
Registration Deadline: February 1, 2013
Payment Deadline: February 15, 2013

This spring IIE will be offering higher education fairs in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City organized in partnership with EducationUSA. 
Since 1982, IIE’s Higher Education Fairs have served as effective, trustworthy platforms for accredited institutions to connect with serious students and build their brand around the world. Please visit the website www.iie.org/fairs to learn more about dates and prices and register today.

Spring 2013 Fair Schedule:  

Feb 24 (Sun) - Ho Chi Minh City
Feb 26 (Tue) – Hanoi

Discount for IIE Member Institutions
IIE member institutions receive a 10 percent discount at registration.

To register or to learn more about IIE Fairs, please visit: www.iie.org/fairs.
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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 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 will offer two types of opportunities to engage experts, students, and academic institutions in supporting USAID programming and policy: fellowships to junior, mid-level, and senior DRG professionals (currently available); and grants to academic or research institutions working in the DRG fields (still under development, with more information available on the DFG site in the coming months).

The DFG Democracy Fellowships will be developed with USAID bureaus, units, and missions and will support USAID’s research and analytical needs in the DRG fields, including, but not limited to: civil society and media, elections and political transitions, human rights, governance and rule of law, and conflict management and mitigation. Individual fellowships may target these fields broadly or address specific subsectors, depending on USAID’s priorities. 

Full-time Democracy Fellows are hired as salaried IIE staff with benefits. Most short-term or part-time Fellows, and Interns, will be hired as consultants, allowing 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. 

IIE is currently recruiting for the following Democracy Fellow:

DCHA/CMM Atrocities Prevention Fellowship (part-time): 
Application Deadline: December 19, 2012
IIE is actively recruiting for an Atrocities Prevention Fellow, a part-time fellowship situated in the Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation (CMM) within the Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance Bureau (DCHA). For more information about this position, please go to: www.iie.org/Programs/USAID-Democracy-Fellows-and-Grants-Program/Fellowship/Available-Fellowships#Atrocities-Prevention.

Information on a full-time Atrocities Prevention Fellowship, situated in USAID’s Center for Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG), is expected to be posted soon.

General Applications to the Democracy Fellows Program: 
Application Deadline: Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis
IIE also encourages qualified fellowship candidates to submit applications on a rolling basis. IIE will retain all eligible applications on file for one year, and accepted candidates will be considered for future fellowships in their areas of expertise. For more information or to apply, please go to: www.iie.org/Programs/USAID-Democracy-Fellows-and-Grants-Program/Fellowship/How-to-Apply.
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The Institute of International Education is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 9th annual Victor J. Goldberg IIE Prize for Peace in the Middle East. The prize recognizes outstanding work being conducted jointly by two individuals, one Arab and one Israeli, working together to advance the cause of peace in the Middle East. The two individuals whose work is judged to be most successful in bringing people together and breaking down the barriers of hatred will share a $10,000 prize.

We would greatly appreciate your assistance in publicizing this Prize to anyone you know who may be eligible, or who may be interested in nominating others. Please send any questions or comments to goldbergprize@iie.org

To be eligible for the Prize, at least one of the nominated individuals must have visited the United States as a participant of any program administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), or any exchange program funded by any of IIE’s sponsors and administered by another organization. Alumni of the following IIE-administered programs, among others, are encouraged to apply: Fulbright Programs, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowships, International Visitor Leadership Program (formerly International Visitor Program, or IVP), State Department Middle East Partnership Initiative, Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program, Ford Foundation Global Travel and Learning Fund, and training programs funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Fulbright alumni and alumni of the Israel Arab Scholarship Program whose grants were administered by AMIDEAST are also eligible. Similarly, individuals who came to the United States under funding from the Ford Foundation or as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program are eligible even if they were participating in a program coordinated by another organization. 

Nominations may be submitted by the individuals themselves or by a third party. Nominations will be due on February 15, 2013, and the winners will be announced in the spring. A copy of the nomination form can be downloaded at www.iie.org/goldbergprize
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IIE welcomes new member institutions to the IIENetwork, connecting over 7,000 individuals at more than 1,200 member institutions with a commitment to internationalization. For more information about IIE's membership program, please visit: www.iie.org/IIENetwork

All new IIE members will be added to the next edition of the IIENetwork Handbook for International Educators. This resource includes comprehensive listings and resources for networking and internationalizing your campus is available online for members: www.iie.org/Research-and-Publications/Publications-and-Reports/IIE-Bookstore/IIENetwork-Handbook-Educators-2012. To order copies of the IIENetwork Handbook, please go to: www.iiebooks.org/iienmemdir.html.

Membership Contact: Tamar Khitarishvili, Head of Int'l Relations Department  

Free University of Tbilisi                            
Membership Contact: Tamara Kovziridze, Director of Knowledge Fund   

Lander University           
Membership Contact: Dr. Sung-Jae Park, Dean of Int'l Programs                

Membership Contact: Kishlaya Misra, Manager of Planning & Development        

Membership Contact: Guy Fournier, Director of International Programs, School of Engineering  

Membership Contact: Najib Abusalbi, Corporate University Relations Manager  

Membership Contact: Patricia Martin, Director for Off-Campus Study 

University of Maryland University College                        
Membership Contact: Muriel Joffe, Executive Director of International Programs           
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Scholar Rescue Fund

The IIE Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) is seeking academic positions at universities and colleges around the world for a number of threatened scholars from Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and other countries in order that they may continue their academic pursuits in safety.

The Scholar Rescue Fund provides 1-year awards to academic institutions willing to host established scholars facing threats to their lives and careers in their home countries. These temporary academic visits are intended to allow the scholars to continue to teach, write or research pending improvement in conditions that would permit their safe return home. SRF seeks matching Funds or in-kind support from the host institution. Fellowship awards may be renewed for a second year.

Scholars from Iraq hold grants of up to $32,500 to resume their work in the fields below. Supplementary and/or in-kind support is encouraged:
  • A specialist in pediatric surgery.
  • A clinical biologist.
  • A specialist in internal medicine.
  • A scholar of English literature.
  • A scholar of environmental engineering.
The following scholars have been awarded grants of up to $25,000 for a visiting position. SRF seeks matching support (financial and in-kind) from the hosting academic institution:
  • An Ethiopian scholar of folklore and literature.
  • An Iranian scholar of women’s studies.
  • An Iranian specialist in computer engineering.
  • An Iranian scholar of history.
  • A Syrian sociologist.
  • A scholar of visual arts from Syria.
For more information about these scholars and how to become a host to an SRF scholar, please visit: www.scholarrescuefund.org/pages/for-hosts.php. For questions, please contact SRF@iie.org or +1 212 205 6488.
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Since the Republic of Azerbaijan’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Dr. Nariman Gasimoglu, a renowned Qur’anic scholar and leading intellectual in Azerbaijan’s pro-democracy movement, has immersed himself in scholarly and public discourse on democratization and the role of Islam in Azerbaijani society. Throughout his academic career, he has risked his own security to pursue research on these controversial topics. 

Read more about Dr. Gasimoglu’s work and his current SRF fellowship at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center here: www.scholarrescuefund.org/pages/about-us/featured-scholar.php
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