Twitter has become a major source of news on all kinds of topics – from the Arab Spring to all things Lady Gaga (the most-followed celebrity with over 32 million followers). Now, international educators can also count on Twitter as a source for news and views on cross-border higher education, study abroad, university rankings, exchange programs, foreign languages, and other developments in the field. Twitter has also become an excellent source of information on deadlines for scholarship programs, events and conferences, and new publications and reports.
In the past year, IIE has improved and expanded our own @IIEGlobal
Twitter feed -- focusing on international education news and topics that we think are important and relevant to our work and yours. In the process of ramping up our own Twitter presence, we discovered that we have a few favorite feeds of our own. So we decided to publish our first annual list of what we consider to be among the best feeds in international higher education. If you follow these 35 feeds and read them daily, you will be quite well informed professionally. The celebrity feeds are up to you.
Note: This list is somewhat heavy on U.S. organizations and individuals. We welcome suggestions on other excellent feeds -- especially those with international higher education news and views from other countries and regions. Send your suggestions to @IIEGloba
Find out who made the list of top IIE twitter picks for international education:
The Institute of International Education (IIE) is pleased to announce its first-ever series of higher education fairs in Latin America for Spring 2013. This fair series, developed in partnership with the EducationUSA advising network in Brazil and Chile, is specially designed to recruit Latin American students interested in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.
Since 1982, IIE’s Higher Education Fairs in Asia have served as effective, trustworthy platforms for accredited institutions to connect with serious students and build their brand around the world. This IIE/EducationUSA STEM Fair Series in Latin America provides a unique opportunity for accredited U.S. colleges and universities to expand and widen their presence in the region; and for students to learn about the wide variety of educational opportunities available to them in the United States. Colleges and universities interact face to face with thousands of qualified students, expand academic exchanges by partnering with local institutions, and network with local governmental officials, U.S. Consulate and Embassy staff, and EducationUSA advisers.
Latin America Spring 2013 STEM Fair Schedule:
April 21 (Sun) - Mexico City, Mexico
April 23 (Tue) - Monterrey, Mexico
April 24 (Wed) - Guadalajara, Mexico
April 27 (Sat) - Sao Paulo, Brazil
April 29 (Mon) - Recife, Brazil
May 1 (Wed) – FAUBAI Conference-- Natal, Brazil
May 4 (Sat) - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
May 6 (Mon) - Santiago, Chile
- Priority Registration Deadline: December 31, 2012.
- Registration Deadline: February 1, 2013.
- Payment Deadline: March 29, 2013
Discount for IIE Member Institutions:
IIE member institutions receive a 10 percent discount at registration.
To register or to learn more about the Latin American STEM Fair Series, please visit: www.iie.org/fairs
In the most recent post on IIE's Opening Minds blog, Mirka Tvaruzkova, Senior Evaluation Officer with IIE’s Center for Academic Mobility Research, writes that "while most evaluations happen as a program is in process or as it is ending, less research has been done on program impact of international fellowships over time, sometimes years after program implementation. Yet this is precisely the impact practitioners would like to see, the evidence that their program has promoted long-term change in the lives of their fellows and their communities. Program implementers also share the desire to document impacts that go beyond the individual experience, impacts at the organizational, community or even national and international levels."
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The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADB Institute) has published a working paper on Internationalization of Tertiary Education Services in Singapore that provides an overview of the development of the education sector in Singapore, discusses its potential as an engine for economic growth and the internationalization of higher educational services. Finally, the paper investigates how the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) Framework applies to the provision of education services, before analyzing the barriers to trade in higher education services and current regional and bilateral agreements.
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A new report by the UK’s Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the British Council, Going Mobile: Internationalisation, Mobility and the European Higher Education Area, calls on UK universities to commit to securing 20% participation in mobility among all higher education students by 2020. It gives a summary of the general approach to internationalization and then focuses on an analysis of student and staff opportunities for mobility, ending with useful guidance on what institutions can do to increase participation, including changing perceptions and removing barriers.
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An article published on CNN’s website "highlights the strong appetite among the wealthiest in Hong Kong for elite U.S. education and the nebulous role that a burgeoning flock of consultants play in the process."
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An article in the Huffington Post discusses "ways of ensuring Americans have the opportunity to learn English and at least one other language, to advance the language profession in the U.S., and to raise awareness about the importance of language and international education."
"In the not so distant future, speaking a foreign language may be yet another thing elementary school children can do with ease. Take for instance Utah and Delaware, where state money is being used to implement foreign language immersion programs. This is in light of the U.S. Dept. of Education’s recent zeroing out of federal dollars for foreign language programming."
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January 28-29, 2013
Registration Deadline: December 31, 2012
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.
"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.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
New Orleans, LA
The program is designed for higher education leaders with responsibility for campus-wide global initiatives, including senior/chief international officers, provosts, deans, department chairs and program directors. A team of leaders from the same institution is ideal.
Topics for the 2013 Collaborative include:
- The President as a catalyst for internationalization
- Realigning the institution to integrate international and broader goals
- Acquiring the knowledge and skills to participate effectively in institution-wide strategic planning
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.
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.
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
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
Deadline: January 14, 2013
The National Academies is pleased to announce a call for nominations and applications for the 2013 Jefferson Science Fellows program. Initiated by the Secretary of State in 2003, this fellowship program engages the American academic science, technology, engineering and medical communities in the design and implementation of U.S. foreign policy.
Jefferson Science Fellows (JSF) spend one year at the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for an on-site assignment in Washington, D.C. that may also involve extended stays at U.S. foreign embassies and/or missions.
The fellowship is open to tenured, or similarly ranked, academic scientists, engineers and physicians from U.S. institutions of higher learning. Nominees/applicants must hold U.S. citizenship and will be required to obtain a security clearance.
The deadline for 2013-2014 program year applications/nominations is January 14, 2013. To learn more about the Jefferson Science Fellowship and to apply, visit the JSF web at: www.nas.edu/jsf
RISE and RISE Professional Deadline: January 31, 2013
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is offering three internship programs for summer 2013: RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering), RISE professional and RISE worldwide. RISE has established itself as an outstanding opportunity to combine serious research with a rewarding study-abroad experience. All three programs are targeted to students from the fields of engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, earth sciences (geology) and related disciplines.
have the opportunity to work on cutting edge research projects at top research institutions (e.g., Max-Planck-Institutes) and universities in Germany. To learn more about RISE, please visit: www.daad.de/rise/en
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
l is designed for recent graduates, Master's and PhD students, and undergraduate RISE/DAAD alumni who are matched with a well-known German company, where they gain insight into the professional applications of science and engineering and develop practical skills. To learn more and register, please visit: www.daad.de/rise-pro/en
or email: email@example.com