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An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education discusses how the growing mobility of students will change higher education, a major topic at last week’s EAIE Conference in Istanbul. "Even if more students continue to study overseas, the demographics of those students are changing. An expanding middle class in countries like China and Brazil is putting a degree within reach of more families, and government scholarship programs are making it possible for students from places like Kazakhstan to seek a foreign education."

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According to recently released statistics, a total of 1,979 joint programs and institutions have been approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education across China. More than 1.5 million students have graduated from Sino-foreign joint programs or institutions. 

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An article in Times Higher Education discusses university rankings in the MENA region. More than ever before, universities are being measured against not only national competitors but also rivals from the rest of the world. In June the World Bank published a report, "Benchmarking Governance as a Tool for Promoting Change: 100 Universities in MENA Paving the Way," which measures the governance structures of 100 universities in the Middle East and North Africa, or MENA, region.


Register for the launch event on September 18 in Washington, DC. 
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Edith Cecil, Vice President at IIE’s office in Washington, DC, writes about recent developments in IIE’s Higher Education Readiness (HER) program. 

"Based on initial input, the HER girls found the summer training to be an excellent skill building opportunity, and they are feeling more confident about entering the 11th grade. Summer is the rainy season in Ethiopia, and even during bad weather conditions the girls arrived every day, on time and enthusiastic to learn," Cecil writes in IIE's Opening Minds blog.

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The International Education Week (IEW) 2013 website has officially been launched.  The new IEW 2013 site includes promotional materials, ideas of how to be involved in activities, and opportunities to post and view planned events around the world.  In addition, the IEW Facebook fan page has been updated and may be accessed through the IEW website. You may also join the IEW listserv which will feature regular updates on IEW activities. When referring to IEW on social media, please use the hashtag #IEW2013.
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Conferences

November 12 -13, 2013
Washington, DC

The Transatlantic Science Week 2013 is now open for registration. This year marks the 12th conference of its kind aimed at promoting collaboration between research, innovation and educational institutions and organizations in the US, Canada and Norway. The conference will take place in Washington, DC with the main themes being International Security, Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Cyber Security and Education Policy/Education Research. 

View the event summary here. RSVP here by October 28. 
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The International Higher Education Revolution: Impacts on Mobility, Qualifications, Networks

December 11-12, 2013
University of London and Regent’s University London
Early Bird Registration Deadline: October 4

This conference takes as its starting point current developments in online learning and explores questions on how they may impact on three aspects of international higher education: student mobility, how qualifications are gained, and international networks. 

Even before MOOCs, students could pick from courses for which degree credit was awarded by a different institution. And the manner in which MOOCs are now being adapted for credit will have implications for the volume and patterns of international student mobility and the acquisition of qualifications. Both of these developments will impact on the formation of international alliances and networks. Join us as we debate these topographies of change!

For more information click here and to register, visit: www.activate-events.co.uk/i-graduate2013/
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Deadlines

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is delighted to invite you to nominate your program for the 2014 Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education. 

Nomination Deadline: October 18, 2013. 

IIE created these awards to honor outstanding initiatives in international higher education by IIENetwork member universities and colleges. IIE's Heiskell Awards showcase the most innovative and successful models for internationalization of campuses, study abroad, and international exchange partnerships in practice today. 


THE HEISKELL AWARD CATEGORIES: 

Category 1: Internationalizing the Campus
Advancing curriculum development, fostering international opportunities and creatively integrating international students into university life.

Category 2: Study Abroad
Providing innovative programs and services to make study abroad accessible to a broader student population. Special emphasis on specific efforts that led to a strong increase in study abroad participation.

Category 3: Best Practices in International Partnerships
Recognizing strategic, comprehensive and innovative international partnership efforts. 

Category 4: Internationalizing the Community College Campus  
Creating innovative programs and services, including study abroad, to make international opportunities accessible to community college students.  (IIE & AACC members are eligible to apply.)

Note: With the exception of Category 1, please submit nominations which focus on particular programs or initiatives, rather than including all campus programs in one nomination. 

If you have any questions about nominating for the Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education, please send an e-mail to HeiskellAwards@iie.org
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Application Deadline: November 6

Princeton in Africa (PiAf) is a non-profit organization that offers yearlong fellowship opportunities with a variety of organizations working across the African continent. PiAf Fellows work in service-oriented positions in many different fields, including humanitarian aid, social enterprise, public health, conservation, and education. Since its launch in 1999, PiAf has placed more than 300 Fellows in 34 countries across the continent. 

Graduating seniors and young alumni from any accredited U.S. college or university are eligible to apply. Please note that prior Africa experience is NOT a requirement. There is no single background, skill, or experience that makes someone the "perfect" fellowship applicant. Fellows are talented and passionate individuals who bring a wide range of skills and experiences to our partner organizations. For more information visit: www.princetoninafrica.org.

To find out more information about Princeton in Africa you are invited to attend an online webinar on Wednesday, October 16th from 6:00-8:00 PM EST. For more information visit the "Applicants" section of the website: www.princetoninafrica.org/applicants/for-our-applicants/. 
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Partnerships

If your institution is seeking to develop strategic institutional partnerships with higher education institutions in Brazil, please consider applying for IIE's International Academic Partnership Program. IIE’s Center for International Partnerships is pleased to announce the Brazil international partnership initiative for the 2013-2014 cycle.

Following four years of success, the International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP) will again guide a select a group of U.S. higher education institutions over the course of a year in strategic planning activities focused on implementing partnerships with counterparts in Brazil. Since 2009, IAPP has engaged nearly 100 U.S. higher education institutions in comprehensive, year-long programs aimed at increasing the number of partnerships between U.S. higher education institutions and their counterparts abroad. Past participants have increased faculty and staff exchanges, implemented strategic partnership plans, and expanded study abroad offerings within Brazil. If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact Morgan Clark at mclark@iie.org or visit www.iie.org/iapp.

Program Information:
Application Deadline: October 4, 2013 
Program Cycle: November 2013–October 2014 
Study Tour to Brazil: April or May 2014 (tentative) 
Program Cost: IIENetwork Members $12,500/Non-members $14,000 (This includes all in-country costs for one representative from your institution to travel on the IAPP study tour, not including international airfare.)

Five Core IAPP Services:
  1. Strategic planning process, including guidelines for assessing on-campus international partnership capacity and developing practical strategic plans for partnership activities in Brazil.
  2. Expert advice and guidance on developing or expanding a strategic plan for partnerships with Brazil by one of the members of the IAPP Advisory Board and IIE staff in the United States and abroad.
  3. A study tour to Brazil that will include visits with select higher education institutions, and representatives from the U.S. Embassy, EducationUSA, the Brazilian Fulbright Commission, CAPES and CNPq, and other educational exchange organizations. All in-country expenses for one representative from each institution will be covered as part of the program fees. Participants are responsible for covering their international airfare.
  4. A series of training webinars, focused on topics such as implementing strategic partnerships, faculty engagement, developing a consolidated partnership strategy, and higher education in Brazil.
  5. A suite of information resources on the higher education system in Brazil, and IIE publications and policy research reports.
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Study Abroad

IIE is pleased to announce the publication of "A Student Guide to Study Abroad", a new book published this month by IIE and the AIFS Foundation. Print copies of the trade paperback are now available online at www.iie.org/studentguide, and the eBook will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo next month.

"A Student Guide to Study Abroad" arms students with the critical information needed to make one of the most important decisions of their academic career. Packed with user-friendly "how to" information offered in a fun and engaging style, this valuable hands-on resource includes 100 practical, easy-to-follow tips and more than 200 real-life stories from students, advisers and professionals. 

Topics include:
  • Deciding how to choose the right program
  • Figuring out the financials
  • Making the most of your time abroad
  • Immersing yourself in the culture
  • Staying safe and healthy
  • Transitioning back to life in the States
  • Incorporating the study abroad experience into a winning job search
The co-authors of the book are international careers expert Stacie Nevadomski Berdan, IIE president Allan Goodman, and AIFS founder Sir Cyril Taylor. The authors surveyed approximately 350 students about their study abroad experiences and asked dozens of educators and business leaders to share their insights. The result is a groundbreaking book, equal parts savvy travel guide, educational adviser and career handbook, providing useful advice for students during every stage of their study abroad journey.

"A Student Guide to Study Abroad" makes it clear that the wide range of programs currently available makes study abroad more flexible, affordable and accessible than ever before, and that there is a study abroad option for just about everyone. The guide addresses the needs of all students as it offers targeted advice for students from diverse backgrounds and addresses practical considerations related to disabilities, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, and financial need.

For more information, visit: www.iie.org/studentguide. 

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Scholar Rescue Fund

An article in Science & Diplomacy notes IIE’s role in the international higher education response in post-war Iraq. "The Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF), launched in 2002, is a permanent program to respond to individualized, acute, and large-scale emergencies. The program builds on IIE’s efforts to protect academic freedom since its founding in 1919. IIE has participated in rebuilding higher education in countries post-conflict and in transitional phases. The experience of IIE-SRF in Iraq following the 2003 war offers lessons for ensuring that the provision of immediate refuge also supports scientists in their work."

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