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The Institute of International Education (IIE), together with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, released the latest news on international students in the United States and U.S. students studying abroad. The Open Doors 2013 findings were the topic of a briefing on November 12th at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, with Assistant Secretary of State Evan Ryan and IIE President Allan Goodman, in conjunction with the worldwide observance of International Education Week. The event included a presentation of the data and a lively conversation about international education among the assembled group of more than 200 educators, U.S. and foreign government representatives, international associations, and members of the press.

To access the new data and background information to help explain the trends, go to www.iie.org/opendoors.

On the Open Doors website, you can find:
  • Key data tables for both study abroad and international student statistics for the last 10 years
  • Country Fact Sheets with trends for the top 25 sending countries
  • State Fact Sheets for all 50 states plus the District of Columbia 
  • The PowerPoint presentation and audio recording from the Open Doors briefing on November 12
Visit the Open Doors multimedia page later this week to see photos and videos of the briefing.

As you may have seen, this year’s news on international educational exchange has received very strong press coverage nationally and internationally. We have also seen good local coverage, no doubt thanks to the good work of individual campuses working to promote their own statistics and activities. Congratulations to all, and we hope your international education week is going well.

Here are links to a few major news stories:
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Application Deadline: December 4, 2013 | Download Nomination Form

IIE is issuing a call for nominations from U.S. colleges and universities that currently have students from the Philippines enrolled on their campuses who have emergency needs for funds due to of the financial situation in their home country caused by typhoon Haiyan. Philippines-ESF will provide grants of $3,000 each to selected Filipino students nominated by their U.S. host colleges and universities. Priority will be given to undergraduates and to those with the most urgent financial need and those closest to graduation.

Allan E. Goodman, president and CEO of the IIE, said, "Our goal is to help relieve the financial burden that is compounding these students' personal distress, and to encourage them to complete their U.S. studies so they can return home with the skills and new knowledge to help rebuild their shattered communities."

International Student Advisers or other campus officials should complete the Philippines-ESF nomination form and e-mail it to ESF@iie.org by December 4, 2013. Awards will be announced in mid-December. Applications directly from students will NOT be accepted. U.S. host campuses nominating students for Philippines-ESF awards are expected to provide some emergency assistance to the nominated students, through tuition waivers, full or partial scholarships, housing, stipends, loans, work study, or other forms of support.

IIE’s Emergency Student Fund provides grants to post-secondary students matriculated at accredited educational institutions outside their home countries whose sources of support have been impacted by natural disaster or other crises. Since 2010, IIE’s ESF has provided over $1 million to more than 400 students from Syria, Iran, Japan, Haiti, Libya, and Thailand whose home sources of financial support were impacted by crisis or natural disaster.
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An article in The Chronicle of Higher Education features two students sponsored by the IIE Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis—a global consortium of more than three dozen colleges that has emerged this past year to aid Syrian students. Mariela Shaker and Anas Karkout along with eight other Syrian’s recently arrived at Monmouth College, one of the consortium’s newest members. Ms. Shaker is a violinist and wants to devote herself to her studies in the United States so she can go on to play professionally, "and let my country be proud of me."

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Rajika Bhandari, deputy vice president for research and evaluation at IIE discusses transformations in international higher education and shares her own experience as an international student. "It was 1992, and I was one of 36,000 Indian students studying in the United States that year, according to the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors report. That flight was the beginning of an extraordinary journey for me that gave me a better understanding of the United States, my homeland, and myself," says Bhandari in her article in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Conferences

April 29-May 1, 2014 in Miami, FL | Submit Poster Proposal

Going Global delivers a global forum for world leaders of international education to debate the role the international arena plays in global tertiary and further education policy. The British Council will host Going Global 2014 in the diverse city of Miami. The event takes place from April 29th to May 1st, 2014. Themes for 2014 are: inclusion, innovation, and impact. The call for proposals has now closed, however you can still participate by submitting a poster presentation. To add your perspective to the debate, submit a poster proposal by December 16, 2013.
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Deadlines

Submission Deadline: December 13, 2013 | Submit Your Photos

Please help IIE demonstrate its vibrancy by submitting engaging photos of IIE programs at work.

This contest is an opportunity for you to:
  • Share the importance of your work
  • Inspire other grantees
  • Gain artistic recognition
  • Win prizes! (including gift cards to Amazon or a travel guide book)
The Institute of International Education  is requesting your photos for use in printed and Internet-based communications that tell the visual story of IIE and the students, scholars, or teachers that participate in IIE programs. These photos should highlight the international scope of IIE’s work, the diversity of age and ethnicity reached, and the range of disciplines involved. Winning photos will show participants in professional situations that are representative of their field of study or profession.

Only valid contestants will be considered. Valid contestants include any grantees since 2010 from any of IIE's 200+ programs. Winning photos may be used in IIE-related communications such as Annual Report, marketing materials, websites, and videos.

If you have any questions regarding the IIE Photo Contest, please e-mail us at photos@iie.org.
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April 22-24, 2014 in Lima, Peru 

Submission Deadline: December 2, 2013 | Submit Session and Workshop Proposals
 
EducationUSA invites U.S. higher education representatives to propose a session or workshop to present at the EducationUSA Western Hemisphere Regional Forum and join more than 100 advisers from Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean for intensive training and interaction. For more information, visit Call for Session and Workshop Proposals.
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Survey Deadline: November 15, 2013 | Participate in the Survey

Please participate in a brief questionnaire on ways higher education institutions are defining and assessing intercultural competence. Participants should be senior campus leaders knowledgeable about campus internationalization. Results will be reported in a variety of ways, including to the survey participant, if so desired. If you have any questions, please contact d.deardorff@duke.edu.
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Fulbright

Deadline: January 15, 2014

The Institute of International Education (IIE) announces the request for proposals from U.S. universities to host approximately eighteen international K-12 teachers for the 2014-2015 Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program. 

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational, and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by IIE, the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program provides opportunities for highly accomplished U.S. and international primary- and secondary-level teachers to take part in an intensive professional development program for three or four months abroad. Participating countries for the 2014-2015 program include Chile, Finland, India, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, and Singapore. The dates of the program for international teachers will be August to December, 2014. 

Please see the Request for Proposal for additional information and guidance.

Interested parties should contact IIE for the Budget Template at fulbrightdat@iie.org. Final selection will be made by April 2014. Final approval of host universities will be made in consultation with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State.
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Partnerships


Last week, Daniel Obst, IIE’s Deputy Vice President of International Partnerships went to Myanmar to lay the groundwork for launching a new IIE training course. The course will train ministry officials and university representatives in Myanmar on how to create and manage an effective international education office. In a recent IIE Blog post, Obst shares about his meetings with key administrators and faculty members from 14 universities across Myanmar, "We are currently identifying qualified and enthusiastic professionals from the international higher education community to serve as mentors and to provide ongoing feedback and assessment for participants."

 

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On October 11, 2013, the Board of Trustees at Arcadia University announced the election of Dr. Nicolette DeVille Christensen. Christensen’s service to Arcadia University began as Vice President in 2008 at the then Center for Education Abroad, where she led its transition to become The College of Global Studies, a full-fledged college of the University.

Arcadia University is also pleased to announce the appointment of Lorna Stern, MALD, as Vice President and Executive Director of The College of Global Studies. Stern is a leading figure in international education with more than 22 years of experience supporting Arcadia University in its vision for innovation in global education.
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Study Abroad

Application Deadline: January 24, 2014 | Apply Online

The 2014 NanoJapan International Research Experience for Undergraduates program is directed by Rice University and The University of Tulsa and is supported by an NSF Partnerships for International Research & Education (NSF-PIRE) grant. This summer program seeks to cultivate interest in nanotechnology among young U.S. undergraduate students, and encourages such students to pursue graduate study and academic research in the physical sciences.

The NanoJapan program will provide U.S. undergraduates with structured research opportunities in Japanese university laboratories with Japanese mentors focused on the study of THz dynamics of nanostructures. Eligible students from any university nationwide are eligible to apply, and the program is well-suited to engineering or physics students with a keen interest in this area of nanotechnology research.

To be eligible to apply for the NanoJapan: International Research Experience for Undergraduates (IREU) program students must be:
  • Currently enrolled as a degree-seeking freshman or sophomore at a U.S. institution of higher education;
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
  • In good academic standing and not currently under any academic suspension or other disciplinary action at your home university;
  • Able to express a demonstrated interest in the field of nanotechnology as it relates to THz dynamics of nanostructures
Online applications must be submitted by January 24, 2014, and two letters of recommendation must be received by February 1. For more information on the NanoJapan program, including the program schedule, eligibility and benefits, and to access the online application, please see nanojapan.rice.edu.

For questions please email nanojapan@rice.edu.
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IIE President, Dr. Allan E. Goodman, writes about the perception that study abroad is too expensive for many students based on "7 Tips to Make Study Abroad More Affordable," written by Stacie Berdan for her blog. "We believe it is very important for students and parents to know that there are affordable options, and there are scholarships and financial aid opportunities that can help," writes Dr. Goodman, who recently co-authored with Ms. Berdan a comprehensive resource on study abroad, A Student Guide to Study Abroad

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