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In addition to providing a brief summary of the book, the article highlights the book’s chapters on access and social inequality in higher education across Latin America, and on U.S. government initiatives that promote educational exchanges between the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. Read the whole article at the University World News website.  

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Two of the largest ventures providing MOOCs — massive open online courses — are announcing new partnerships with leading universities in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, along with additional American universities, The New York Times reports. 

Coursera, founded by two Stanford University computer professors, is adding 29 universities — including schools in France, Singapore, and Mexico. There are currently 33 Coursera partners. And edX, a nonprofit venture started by Harvard and M.I.T., is expanding to have 12 university partners, adding Rice University, the Australian National University, Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland and McGill University and the University of Toronto in Canada. 

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As part of its network’s ongoing support for the U.S. higher education community, EducationUSA has redesigned its higher education web portal. The site has been rebuilt around the two core functions of the network: the first is helping U.S. institutions Recruit and Enroll international students to their campuses and the second is providing ways for reps to Connect and Engage with EducationUSA staff in the United States and around the world.

 To learn more, visit the web portal
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The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has issued a new report that identifies factors, instruments, approaches and reference points that have an impact on, or are affected by, internationalization. The report concludes with pointers for what governments can do to promote and support internationalization, and what higher education institutions can do to manage internationalization more effectively. 

Follow the link to read the new OECD publication, Managing Internationalisation: strategic implications and institutional practices. For more information please visit the OECD website
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Conferences

June 26-28 2013, Washington D.C. 

Designed for international admission and enrollment management professionals at U.S. colleges and universities, the Forum offers practical information and strategies to help expand international student recruitment. EducationUSA experts from around the world, U.S. higher education representatives, and government officials will present workshop sessions that will offer unique and valuable information to help you recruit and enroll international students, and engage and connect with EducationUSA.

For more information and to register, please visit the EducationUSA Forum website
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Session begins on January 21, 2014 (eight weeks long)

Registration is now open for a new massive online open course (MOOC) on Globalizing Higher Education and Research for the ‘Knowledge Economy,’ taught by Professors Kris Olds of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Susan L. Robertson of the University of Bristol. The course is designed to examine an array of issues related to the globalization of higher education and research. 

The main objective of the course is to enable students to better understand how and why universities are engaged in the globalization process, as well as what the key implications of this development process are. Visit the course website to register.

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Deadlines

Application Deadline: March 15

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship application deadline is quickly approaching. Online applications for study abroad programs taking place during the Summer 2013 and Fall/Academic Year 2013-2014 terms must be submitted by Tuesday, March 5 at 11:59 Central Time in order to be considered. The advisor certification deadline is March 12.

The Gilman International Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in Houston, TX. For more information about the Gilman Scholarship Program including helpful resources for applicants and advisors, please visit the Gilman Scholarship Program website.  

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Application Deadline: March 15

Hilton Worldwide has long believed in the power of travel to bring people together and foster greater understanding between countries. This year, Hilton HHonors, the loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s 10 distinct hotel brands, is celebrating culture by giving once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to teachers through the Teacher Treks Travel Grant Competition.

Teacher Treks will provide 15 teachers with a $6,000 grant to travel internationally during the 2013 summer vacation. Applicants for the program may develop their own itineraries and choose their country/countries of travel. The top thirty finalists will receive a $2,500 donation to their schools. To be eligible for the program, each applicant must be a U.S. citizen with at least 3 years of full time teaching experience as of January 1, 2013. The program is open to teachers of grades K-12 only, and teachers of all subjects are welcome to apply.

Apply online at the Hilton HHonors website. For questions, please contact teachertreks@iie.org
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Application deadline: March 22

The Russell Berrie Fellowship in Interreligious Studies builds bridges between Christian, Jewish, and other religious traditions by providing the next generation of religious leaders with a comprehensive understanding of and dedication to interfaith issues. Applicants of all faiths and backgrounds from around the world who have a demonstrated interest in Interreligious Studies are encouraged to apply. 

The Fellowship offers priests and members of the laity an opportunity to study at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), in Rome, to obtain a Certificate in Interreligious Studies. The Certificate allows those who are not qualified for entrance into the Licence program at the Angelicum the opportunity to explore various aspects of interreligious issues at a Pontifical University.

The award provides one year of financial support for Russell Berrie Fellows, covering tuition, a modest living stipend and book allowance, examination fees, and travel to and from the recipient’s home country.

Interested applicants can join a live webinar at 11:00 a.m. CET on March 7 by registering here. Further information, including the application form, can be found on the Russell Berrie Fellowship website.
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Submission deadline: March 31

The 2013 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Awards will celebrate six innovative educational projects for their positive contribution within a community or society. WISE seeks to share best practices world over and inspire others to spark change in education. The WISE Awards thus highlight today’s most innovative solutions and approaches that are addressing educational challenges confronting the world at large. 

Project holders from any region, educational sector or level are encouraged to submit applications which demonstrate the quality and impact of their activities in accordance with the criteria. 

Whether you are involved in a project that provides access to quality education, creates new opportunities for lifelong learning or develops innovative educational technologies, WISE invites you to apply for the 2013 WISE Awards.


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Fulbright

Application Deadline: May 1

Applications for the Institute of International Education (IIE) New Leaders Group Award for Mutual Understanding are available now. The Award recognizes the outstanding work of one current or recently returned (since May 1, 2012) Fulbright Fellow or Scholar who actively promotes mutual understanding between the United States and another country. Fellows and Scholars from all fields and academic disciplines are eligible to apply. 

The project must be an ongoing activity that is currently underway; it cannot be a proposal for a project to be done in the future. The Award celebrates some of the best and brightest young professionals and encourages them to contribute and further promote their innovative ideas, valuable knowledge and dedication to the cause of mutual understanding. 

The IIE New Leaders Group will select the $5,000 prize recipient. Learn more about the Award, including past recipients, and download the application here
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