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In a recent Chicago Tribune article, Stacie Berdan and IIE President Allan Goodman discuss their new book A Student Guide to Study Abroad. They highlight the importance of study abroad as a means to stand out to employers. "A lot of growth is going on in markets outside the U.S.," Berdan said. "The study-abroad experience shows [employers] you can live and work internationally and manage cross-cultural situations."

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The fall 2013 issue of IIENetworker magazine, which focuses on the "Next Big Thing in International Education," is now available to IIE members as a free interactive flipbook. The magazine features "The Growing World of Collaborative Internationalization," an article by Susan Buck Sutton of Bryn Mawr College. Sutton urges universities to take a more collaborative approach to internationalization. In addition to study abroad programs, universities should also engage in "more transformational collaborations in which partners form long-term relationships that combine resources and generate mutually beneficial goals and projects that change institutions as well as individuals." Sutton terms this approach "collaborative internationalization." 

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According to the World Economic Forum, youth ages 15-24 comprise about 40 percent of the unemployed around the world. In a new blog post, Mark Lazar, Vice President for Global Scholarship and Learning Programs, commends IIE’s partnership with Alcoa Foundation and the 125th anniversary initiative to provide targeted training and experience in the manufacturing sector for youth from around the globe. The foundation will be offering over $1.25 million to support paid internships and mentoring to 500 students. "Getting a good (and hopefully international) education is not enough. We need to make sure that today’s youth are getting the skills and experience to create their own futures and be successful globally," writes Lazar.

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A recent article in University World News co-authored by IIE President Allan Goodman discusses IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund and the recently convened IIE panel, "Syrian Higher Education in Crisis: The Road Forward." Goodman points out that "education is the orphan of any war" and argues that the international community has a "moral imperative" to help protect the Syrian national academy. "By working together to help Syrian students and scholars, we can create an immediate and measurable impact on the peace and prosperity of post-conflict Syria, and avoid a lost generation."

The article includes a recommendation to bring university education to young Syrian men and women in refugee camps and suggests that Syrian scholars participating in IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund teach these courses. A recent New York Times article reports on a promising pilot program with a similar initiative to bring higher education to Kenya’s refugee camps.
 
 

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An article published in Nippon looks at data published in IIE’s Open Doors that show declining numbers of Japanese students abroad. When taken as a percentage of Japan’s also decreasing youth population, this data appears less damning for international education in Japan. Nevertheless, the author argues that the high cost and little return of overseas study for students returning to work in Japan encourages them to stay: "As I see it, young people are behaving quite rationally in light of the current state of the Japanese business world."

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Latin America has one of the lowest student mobility rates in the world, accounting for only 6 percent of the students who study abroad worldwide. An article published last week in the Chronicle of Higher Education discusses Latin America’s efforts to internationalize higher education in the region. Brazil’s Scientific Mobility Program is on the forefront of these efforts and is already halfway to its goal set in 2011 to send 101,000 students abroad by 2015. Mexico has recently announced that it intends to send 100,000 students for study abroad in the United States by 2018. 

Mexico hosted the Conference of the Americas on International Education this month in Monterey, during which IIE’s leading expert on global development, Steven Dorsey, led a discussion on Internationalizing Higher Education through Scholarship Programs. The region has significantly increased such investments during the past five years as a means to promote economic prosperity and capacity building.

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Conferences

November 17-20, 2013 in Vancouver
Pre-registration deadline: Thursday, November 7, 2013 | Register online

CBIE’s 47TH Annual Conference offers practical sessions that will enhance your skills and effectiveness as an international education practitioner. See full session descriptions. Topics will include:
  • Canadian Immigration Basics for International Educators
  • Social media in the International Education Landscape
  • Agent Management Approaches for Effective International Recruitment
  • Traveling with Students: Behavior Management Through Orientation and Itinerary Planning
  • Why Exchange Students Choose Canada
Professional Development Workshops
Pre-registration and payment of fees are required for all workshops. See full descriptions and register online. Workshop topics:
  • Student Learning Abroad: A Developmental, Experiential and Holsitin Workshop 
  • Basic Building Blocks to a Successful Career 
  • Achieving Your International Strategic Enrolment Goals: From Competition Dynamics to Channel Management 
Contact Alissar Hajjar at ahajjar@cbie.ca or at (613) 237-4820 for questions about registration.
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Deadlines

Application Deadline: November 1, 2013 | Apply online

The Indigenous Biocultural Exchange Fund (IBEX Fund) administered by the Global Learning Programs Division and supported by The Christensen Fund supports indigenous peoples and local communities to have a voice in the policies and forums that concern biocultural diversity at a global level. The IBEX Fund will help to defray the costs of attending a global biocultural event/exchange or meeting that has international significance, impacts the applicant’s home territory or region, and takes place between February and May 2014. Maximum of $5,000.00 awarded funding (flexibility based on budget submission). Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process. 

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. Funding is not available for those applying to an academic program.

For additional information, please send questions to Vanessa Sayajon at IBEX@iie.org
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Application Deadline: January 30, 2014 | Apply online

The Excellence Foundation is receiving applications from students and recent graduates interested in joining the first ever "Ship of Excellence." The Ship will sail September 6th, 2014 from Kiel, Germany and end in Venice, Italy on September 22th for two independent periods of one week each.

400 awardees will receive a full or partial scholarship to attend one week on board the Ship with a large group of Nobel laureates, former heads of State, CEO of companies, scientist, motivational speakers, venture capitalist, head hunters, and human resource managers for a series of lectures, round tables, and team activities that will expose them to critical global issues.
 
The application deadline is January 30, 2014. Participants that submit their application prior to December 15, 2013 and mention IIE as their source of information will receive a 10% discount. The foundation is also receiving applications from other professionals, faculty, researchers, executives and expert practitioners. All of them can request an invitation to join the Ship of Excellence through the foundation’s website.

For additional information, please contact: Cecilia Kindelan at ck.kindelan@gmail.com
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Fulbright
 
Deadline: December 4, 2013 (11:59 p.m. EST)
 
The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Programs for Iraq and Libya are designed to bring junior scholars to U.S. host institutions for faculty development, mentoring, and cultural exchange activities. The intent of the ten-week programs is to equip scholars with the knowledge and tools needed to build the capacity of universities in Iraq and Libya and to advance the education of future generations. In addition, these programs lay the foundation for Iraqi and Libyan scholars and their U.S. hosts to develop long-term institutional relationships and to identify areas of cooperation that can be sustained beyond the grant period.

Through this request for proposal, CIES seeks institutions to implement ten-week summer programs scheduled to be held from June 29, 2014 to September 6, 2014. Approximately five to nine scholars will be placed in discipline-based cohorts at each of the selected U.S. host institutions. U.S. host institutions are to submit a proposal to host scholars in one of the following disciplines:

  • American Literature
  • Engineering
  • Science and Technology
  • TEFL/Linguistics
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • TEFL/Linguistics 
The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Libya also includes a four-week intensive English language workshop that we invite you to host. Participating institutions will enjoy a unique opportunity to establish lasting relationships with faculty members at universities in Iraq and to build upon current efforts to internationalize their campuses and surrounding communities.
 
The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Libya is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Iraq is funded by the U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq and supported by ECA. These programs are administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), a division of the Institute of International Education (IIE).
 
For more details regarding these programs and instructions on how to submit a proposal, please visit the CIES website at www.cies.org/Fulbright/Libya and www.cies.org/Fulbright/Iraq/

CIES will host two webinars: Host Institution Program Overview - October 24, 2013 at 2:00pm EST; and How to Craft a Successful Proposal – November 12, 2013 at 2:00PM EST.
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Study Abroad

Deadline: October 28, 2013 | Complete the survey

IIE and the Forum on Education Abroad are joining once again this year to gather early data on study abroad enrollments for the 2012-13 academic year (including summer 2013), with the goal of informing the study abroad community and key stakeholders about the latest developments in study abroad in anticipation of the Open Doors® 2013 Press Briefing. We hope you will be able to give us some quick feedback again this year via the online survey form on your study abroad enrollments for 2012-13. We realize it is still early, and students returning from study abroad in the summer may not have transferred their credits yet. Therefore, we ask you to provide your best early estimates, even if the numbers for your institution are not yet final. 

All institutional responses will be anonymous, and only aggregate numbers will be shared. 

Please try to respond as soon as possible. If you send your response by Monday, October 28, 2013, it will be included in the results reported during International Education Week in November. Thank you very much for participating in this short survey, which should take no more than 15 minutes to complete, once you have gathered the relevant data. 

Please contact iieresearch@iie.org if you have any questions.
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Thursday, October 31 at 1pm CDT | Register Online

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program would like to invite you to the third webinar in our Gilman Web Symposium Series for the 2013-2014 academic year, "Community College Students Do Go Abroad" on Thursday, October 31 at 1pm CDT.  
 
This online forum, moderated by Gilman Program staff, will bring together an advisor from Johnson County Community College and information about how advisors at community colleges can encourage education abroad and a perspective from a Gilman alumnus sharing information about his experience abroad as a community college student.  
 
Stay tuned to the Gilman Program’s multimedia page and future announcements for the scheduled web symposium topics each month.  If you missed the August web symposium titled, "Study Abroad for Students with Disabilities" or the September symposium, "Career-Oriented Internship Opportunities Abroad," please check those recordings to be posted soon.
 
The Gilman International Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).  The Gilman Program diversifies the kinds of U.S. undergraduate students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go.  To learn more about the Gilman Scholarship Program, please visit the website at www.iie.org/gilman or contact gilmanadvisors@iie.org.
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Long recognized as a useful search engine for study abroad candidates and advisers, www.iiepassport.org went through a face-lift earlier this year. The re-design was done, in part, for users to easily and efficiently find a broad range of study abroad opportunities. With our media partners, Naylor, LLC, we are working to make certain that program information is accurate, as this information will ultimately appear in our print edition of IIEPassport. If you need login information for your program, email iiesupport@naylor.com. And, to learn how you can affordably enhance your program's visibility and gain (or maintain) a competitive edge, contact Jeff Bunkin at jbunkin@naylor.com or +1 (352) 333-3342. We have many very affordable ways for you to best promote your program to an eager audience of study abroad prospects.
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Initial Application Deadline: December 2, 2013 at 12:00 PM HKT | Application Instructions

The Research Grants Council of Hong Kong is welcoming applications from all continents for the upcoming Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme. The Fellowship provides a monthly stipend of HK$20,000 (approx. US$2,600) and a conference- and research-related travel allowance of HK$10,000 (approx. US$1,300) per year for a period of three years. More than 200 fellowships will be awarded for PhD studies in the 2014-2015 academic year.

For details, please visit the Scheme's website at www.rgc.edu.hk/hkphd. For more information, please feel free to contact the Hong Kong Research Grants Council at HKPF@ugc.edu.hk
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