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This briefing paper, "Building Research and Teaching Capacity in Indonesia through International Collaboration," published by the Institute of International Education’s Center for International Partnerships, provides a detailed, data-driven look at the research and teaching capacity of Indonesian universities. The authors, Flavia Ramos-Mattoussi and Jeffrey Ayala Milligan, report on key findings from a USAID-funded project in which faculty members from Florida State University worked in collaboration with university partners in Indonesia to develop and implement a series of activities with the aim of building the capacity of teacher education institutions. The paper examines recent efforts in building the research and teaching capacity of Indonesian universities and the specific challenges in developing the research capacity of university lecturers in Indonesia. 


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An article in the Diplomat discusses ways the Japanese government can change the downward trend in overseas study interest. "Total human flow from Japan to the U.S. has declined significantly over the last 15 years, and while the numbers of U.S. arrivals to Japan have grown, they remain low. U.S. Ambassador to Japan, John V. Roos, has frequently stated that he does not worry about the security or economic facets of the U.S.-Japan relationship, but that he does worry about the educational facet." 


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A new UK policy paper sets out how government and the education sector will build on UK strengths to take advantage of global opportunities. Read the new International Education Strategy at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/international-education-strategy-global-growth-and-prosperity

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A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education reports that "a combination of forces has led American universities, as well as the U.S. government, to see Asia, and to a lesser degree Latin America, as more ripe for prospecting than Europe is." Read the article: http://chronicle.com/article/Is-Europe-Pass-/140589/

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A new higher education blog by Francisco Marmolejo, Lead Education Specialist at the World Bank, is published in English and Spanish at the World Bank's Web site.

To read the first blog entry entitled "Tertiary Education at a Crossroads: Tales from Different Parts of the World", submit your comments, and register to receive alerts on future entries, visit: http://blogs.worldbank.org/education/tertiary-education-crossroads-tales-different-parts-world

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The British Council has launched a new education site: www.educationuk.org to attract more students to the UK. "The British Council’s Education UK website is the number one resource to promote UK education to international students. It attracts 2.2 million unique visitors each year and offers advice and resources to help students find suitable UK courses and scholarships. As international competition grows for globally mobile students, the British Council has re-designed the website and added significant enhancements in order to better present all that the UK education sector has to offer." 


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Conferences

October 22, 2013
Woburn House Conference Centre, London
Earlybird Registration ends September 1

UCAS, Universities UK and the UK HE International Unit are offering institutions a unique opportunity to share best practice and examine ways in which shared services can help institutions achieve their Transnational Education (TNE) goals whilst debating the future shape of UK TNE. 

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Blending Higher Education and Traditional Knowledge for Sustainable Development

March 19-21, 2014
Universidad Científica del Peru 
Iquitos, Peru

For a preliminary agenda and more information, please visit: www.iau-aiu.net/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=353

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Deadlines

Application Deadline: December 1, 2013

The Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program, funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and administered by the Social Science Research Council, responds to a shortage of experienced faculty and resources for faculty-led research initiatives in African higher education. The program offers fellowships to nurture the intellectual development and increase retention of early-career faculty in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. Applications are now being accepted.

The program features three distinct competitive fellowship opportunities for early-career social science faculty who hold positions in accredited colleges and universities:

1. Doctoral dissertation proposal fellowship: Supporting short-term research costs of up to US $3,000 to develop a doctoral dissertation proposal.

2. Doctoral dissertation research fellowship: Supporting 9-12 months of dissertation research costs of up to US $15,000 on a topic related to peace, security, and development.

3. Doctoral dissertation completion fellowship: Supporting a one-year leave from teaching responsibilities with a stipend of up to US $15,000 to permit the completion of a dissertation that advances research on peace, security, and development topics.

Eligibility: All applicants must be citizens of and reside in a sub-Saharan African country while holding a current faculty position at an accredited college or university in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda. Applicants for any of the funding opportunities offered through this program must have a master's degree and be working toward completion of the doctoral degree within an African university. The program seeks to promote diversity and encourages women to apply.

For more information, please visit: www.ssrc.org/programs/nextgenafrica/

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