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The Institute of International Education has awarded the 2013 Victor J. Goldberg IIE Prize for Peace in the Middle East to Eli Beer and Murad Alyan, two leaders of United Hatzalah, the all-volunteer Emergency Medical Service that provides fast and free first response throughout Israel. Mr. Beer, a Jewish citizen of Israel, and Mr. Alyan, an Arab citizen of Israel, received the Goldberg Prize in recognition of their work in bringing Jewish and Arab volunteers together. The award, which includes a $10,000 prize, was presented at a ceremony at the American Center in Jerusalem, hosted by IIE in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv. 

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A new IIE white paper sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in India examines the implementation of the U.S. community college model in India and the opportunities for community colleges to help meet the workforce needs of local communities in the world’s third largest economy.

The U.S. Community College Model: Potential for Applications in India, edited by IIE/India Director Namrata Jha, reflects a focus on education to equip young people with the skills they need to compete globally and in new fields. In the United States, the community college system works with local industry to produce graduates with immediately applicable skills. This paper explores ways in which the model can be adapted to meet the huge demand of Indian students for higher education and realize the full potential of the youth dividend and the profound way a well-designed, country-wide community college system could advance India’s economic growth.

The paper was officially presented at the U.S.-India Higher Education Dialogue, held on June 25. Workforce development and continued India-U.S. higher education collaboration were key issues for discussion at the Higher Education Dialogue. The dialogue was co-chaired by Secretary Kerry and India’s HRD minister M.M. Pallam Raju. 

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IIE President and CEO Allan E. Goodman, while in London for the Qatar Foundation’s WISE Awards, urges England, the United States and other countries considering changes in immigration policy to consider the effects that the policy will have on the flow of students in and out of the countries for educational opportunities.  

"In many countries, changes in immigration rules and procedures need reform and these are driven by situations and events far beyond the education sector.  So we very often do not seek or have a voice in these matters," Goodman writes in IIE's Opening Minds blog. 

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Chinese students studying in the United States are increasingly choosing to attend two-year community colleges and then transferring to four-year universities to get their bachelor's degrees, in order to save money, China Daily USA reports. 

Writer Deng Yu reports that Washington State’s Green River Community College, Shoreline Community College, and Seattle Central Community College have received an influx of students from China, and work hard to make sure the students gain access to four-year institutions after graduating from the two-year schools.

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Conferences

Registration Deadline: July 12, 2013

You are invited to join the EducationUSA Pavilion at the 25th Annual European Association for International Education (EAIE) Conference that will take place in Istanbul, Turkey from September 10-13, 2013.
 
EAIE is expecting its biggest conference ever, with over 4,000 higher education professionals from 80 countries and 350 exhibitors. Following successful efforts in previous years, EducationUSA has reserved 40 square meters in 2013.
 
Accredited U.S. colleges and universities as well as study consortia are welcome to join to: 
  • Showcase their institutions and programs at Europe’s largest higher education conference
  • Actively promote U.S. study to the European audience
  • Meet current and potential partners
  • Attend the 20+ networking events at the conference
EducationUSA staff will be present at the pavilion at all times to assist participants in promoting educational opportunities in the United States, and to facilitate meetings.
 
The deadline to register is July 12, 2013 and space is limited. For more information and to register, please visit the conference website. Or contact Nora Nemeth at EducationUSA in Europe at nnemeth@educationusa.info.
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Deadlines

Deadline: July 1, 2013 
 
The Institute of International Education is currently preparing the 2014 edition of its annual directory Funding for United States Study: A Guide for International Students and Professionals, the print companion to IIE's online search engine www.fundingusstudy.org

With more than 1,000 grant and scholarship listings, Funding for United States Study is the most comprehensive directory on finding funding for study in the United States. It features detailed descriptions of grants, fellowships, and scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study, and doctoral and postdoctoral research in the United States. All listings are free of charge and provide an excellent opportunity to publicize your institution's programs. 

How to Update/Add Listings:
For institutions whose listings appeared in the previous year's directory, we ask that you verify and update your listings and contact information or add new listings by visiting: www.fundingusstudy.org/OVS/login0.asp

Institutions whose listings did not appear in previous years' directories can add their scholarships or grants that are available for international students by visiting: www.fundingusstudy.org/OVS/EditInstitution.asp?AC=New

Funding for United States Study is a trusted resource for international students seeking study in the United States. It's proven to be an effective forum to showcase U.S. campus to this community. Advertisers include community colleges, public and private universities, undergraduate and graduate programs, many of which may be recruiting the same type of students your institution seeks. Rates are affordable and some prime positions remain. For additional details, contact Jeff Bunkin at Naylor, LLC, at 352.333.3342 or via email at jbunkin@naylor.com

With questions, please contact mfriedman@iie.org
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Application Deadline: July 1, 2013

The Institute of International Education is pleased to announce the launch of the Indigenous Biocultural Exchange Fund (IBEX Fund), a new project administered by the Global Learning Programs Division and supported by The Christensen Fund. This initiative makes financial support available to indigenous peoples and members of the local traditional communities to attend a global biocultural event/exchange or meeting of international significance which impacts the applicant’s home territory or region.

Award Benefits:
The IBEX Fund will help to defray costs, which include international airfare, hotel/lodging, conference fees, meals, incidentals, local transportation, visa fees, and travel insurance. 

Eligibility Requirements:
The applicant must be Indigenous or a member of a local traditional community. Additional preference will be given to: women, youth and first time travelers (or to those applying with an organization to support a first time traveler). 

For additional information and to apply, please visit IIE's IBEX Fund page or send questions to IBEX@iie.org
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Fulbright

The American Chemical Society’s International Center is celebrating the second session of its webinar series with a discussion on Fulbright Scholar opportunities in the STEM fields.  Fulbright representatives will present information on long-term and short-term Fulbright grants available for U.S. Scholars, opportunities for Visiting Scholars to the U.S., and an overview of other Fulbright Programs.  The webinar will be held at from 2:00 – 3:00 PM on Thursday, June 27th.  To register, visit the ACS International Center’s website.

To view core Fulbright Scholar opportunities for U.S. academics and professionals in STEM and other fields, visit our Catalog of Awards.  

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. For more information, visit eca.state.gov/fulbright

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Partnerships

Upcoming Application Deadline: July 8, 2013

IIE’s Center for International Partnerships has extended the deadline of the application for the 2014 International Academic Partnership Program in India to July 8, 2013. Since 2009, the IAPP India program has experienced much success in partnership building and looks forward to another successful cohort. If your institution is seeking to develop strategic institutional partnerships with higher education institutions in India, please consider applying for IIE's International Academic Partnership Program. For more information, please go to www.iie.org/iapp or contact Clare Banks at cbanks@iie.org
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The Institute of International Education has selected five U.S. universities – Ball State University, Fort Hays State University, Marquette University, Northern Arizona University, and Stetson University – to participate in the 2013 - 2014 International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP) focusing on Vietnam. Over the next year, international education professionals at each of these institutions will participate in a series of training activities arranged by IIE to help them develop their strategy and implement and sustain partnerships with counterparts in Vietnam. The strategy-building program includes a study tour to Vietnam to learn more about the Vietnamese higher education system and learn about Vietnamese institutions’ priorities for developing academic partnerships.

Each institution has made a commitment to form a campus-wide task force to work on prospective partnerships, conduct an institution-wide inventory of activities pertaining to Vietnam and develop a strategic plan focused on partnering with Vietnamese institutions. IIE’s goal in creating the IAPP program of webinars, workshops and site visits is to empower institutions with a number of resources necessary for building successful partnerships with Vietnamese institutions and other counterparts around the world. 
 
Please see the full press release for further information about the IAPP Vietnam program.
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Scholar Rescue Fund

Application/Nomination Deadline: July 5, 2013  

The Institute of International Education's (IIE) Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) is pleased to announce a call for applications from scholars facing threats to their lives or academic work. Fellowships support temporary academic positions at colleges, universities and other research institutions outside their home countries anywhere in the world.  

Since IIE-SRF's founding in 2002, the program has provided academic fellowships to over 500 scholars from 50 countries, placing them at nearly 300 host partner institutions in 40 countries.       
 
Who can apply:
Professors, researchers and public intellectuals from any country, field or discipline may apply. Please refer eligible candidates and forward this announcement to any academic colleagues who may be interested.  
  • Qualifying applicants are currently facing or have recently fled from direct and immediate threats. 
  • Preference is given to scholars with a Ph.D. or other terminal degree in their field and who have extensive teaching or research experience at a university, college or other institution of higher learning. 
  • We strongly encourage applications from female scholars and under-represented groups. 
(Students or professionals seeking funding to pursue academic studies or training are not eligible.)
 
To apply:   
Please download the application materials (outreach messages are available in Arabic, French, Persian and Spanish)     
 
To nominate a threatened scholar:    
IIE-SRF accepts referrals and applications from third-party nominators who know of a threatened scholar's need for assistance. Please contact SRF@iie.org for details.

To host an IIE-SRF scholar: 
 
Click to see a list of scholars who are seeking hosts for their IIE-SRF fellowships. Please contact SRF@iie.org for more details.
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