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February 20, 2014, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM | Washington, DC
 
Registration Deadline: January 15, 2014 | Registration Form ($125)
 
The Institute of International Education (IIE) and Project Atlas invite you to a one-day workshop on best practices in gathering, interpreting, and using student mobility data to inform decision-making about internationalization at the institutional, national and policy levels. The workshop will strengthen the capacity of U.S. and global higher education institutions, government agencies and non-governmental organizations to build comprehensive data collection mechanisms for collecting and utilizing student mobility data to inform policy, research, and enrollment management practices.
 
Who should participate? Individuals at higher education institutions (from the U.S. or abroad), governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations who are responsible for data collection or research on internationalization. 
 
Workshop participants that have established data collection systems will be exposed to new directions for data collection, including capturing student participation data in for-credit and not-for-credit educational activities and measuring new forms of mobility such as joint and dual degrees and online learning. Participants that are endeavoring to launch or expand their data collection efforts will learn from workshop colleagues and from global experts who currently lead data collection efforts in their respective countries and/or institutions. 
 
Workshop facilitators: Leading experts in international higher education research as well as representatives of higher education institutions who have developed exemplary approaches to using mobility data to inform their work. Confirmed workshop facilitators include, among others:
  • Dr. Rajika Bhandari, Deputy Vice President, Research and Evaluation, IIE, USA 
  • Raisa Belyavina, Senior Research Officer, IIE, USA 
  • Thomas Buntru, Director of International Programs, Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico 
  • Dr. Nico Jooste, Senior Director of International Education, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and Deputy President of International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA) 
  • Steve Nerlich, Director of International Research and Analysis Unit, Australian Government Department of Education 
 
Important: the IIE/Project Atlas workshop is a separate event from the AIEA 2014 conference, but if you plan to attend both please note that the AIEA registration deadline is January 24, 2014.
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Twitter has become a major source of news on all the key issues affecting the field of international education: study abroad, university rankings, exchange programs, student mobility trends, education for all, and many other topics.
 
For the second year in a row, IIE is publishing our list of favorite twitter feeds in the field of international education. These feeds are an excellent source of information and we encourage you to follow them. This year, we included more feeds focused on science, diplomacy and international relations, as well as more feeds by individual scholars and professionals. And several lucky feeds made it back on our list for the second year running. 
 
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IIE's European Office is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2013 IIE Europe Award for Excellence. This year the award will be presented to Gabor Bojar to recognize his accomplishments in promoting closer educational relations between the United States and Europe by establishing a highly competitive school of information technology for an international student body. A successful entrepreneur, Mr. Bojar is the founder of the Aquincum Institute of Technology in Budapest, Hungary, which brings together globally acclaimed scholars, entrepreneurs, and undergraduate students from some of the world's leading universities.

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Peta Lee summarizes in University World News a recent report commissioned by the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA), which catalogues violence, abuse, and intimidation in nearly 40 countries experienced by universities and their staff and students. The report recommends more physical security on campuses and institutional independence in order to "safeguard a university and its personnel from accusations of being linked to the agenda of any one particular political, ethnic or sectarian group."
 
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Erasmus+ aims at boosting skills and employability and modernizing Education, Training and Youth work. The seven-year program will have a budget of €14.7 billion. This represents a 40 percent increase compared to current spending levels and shows the EU's commitment to investing in these areas.

Erasmus+ will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad. In addition to providing grants for individuals, Erasmus+ will support transnational partnerships among Education, Training and Youth institutions and organizations to foster cooperation and bridge the worlds of education and work in order to tackle the skills gaps we are facing in Europe. In the field of Sport, there will be support for grassroots projects and cross-border challenges such as combating match-fixing, doping, violence, and racism.

Erasmus+ brings together seven existing EU programs in the fields of Education, Training and Youth; it will for the first time provide support for Sport. As an integrated program, Erasmus+ offers more opportunities for cooperation across these fields and is easier to access than its predecessors, with simplified funding rules.
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The Georgetown University Center for Contemporary Arab Studies is pleased to announce the Kuwait-America Foundation Scholarship for applicants to the M.A. in Arab Studies program. The scholarship includes full tuition, fees, and a living stipend. As part of the stipend agreement, the scholarship recipient will serve as a research assistant in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. Students will be selected on the basis of their application to the M.A. in Arab Studies program and their financial need.

To be eligible, students must:
  • Apply to the M.A. in Arab Studies program at Georgetown University
  • Plan to concentrate their studies in politics or development
  • Be a resident of a country in the MENA region
  • Express an interest in working in the MENA region following graduation
To be considered for the scholarship, please send a statement of intent addressing the points above to the Academic Program Coordinator of the M.A. in Arab Studies program at maas@georgetown.edu.

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Deadlines

Application Deadline: January 31, 2014 | Apply Online

The Japan-IMF Scholarship Program for Advanced Studies (JISP) is a two-year program intended to provide assistance to Japanese nationals obtaining Ph.D. degrees in macroeconomics at universities outside of Japan and to prepare them to work as economists at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The scholarship is funded by the government of Japan and administered by the IMF Institute with assistance from the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Awards are available to candidates able to obtain a Ph.D. by age 34 and who will be entering the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year of their Ph.D. program. Up to seven scholarships are awarded annually on a competitive basis to students with a record of high academic achievement. All JISP scholars are required to apply to the IMF’s Economist Program (EP) upon completion of their doctoral studies and to accept an EP position if offered.
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Partnerships

An article in The Pie News reports on IIE’s launch last month of a pilot course in Myanmar, Connecting with the World: International Relations at Higher Education Institutions, offering training in international engagement to ministry officials and higher education representatives in Myanmar. In an interview for the article, Daniel Obst, Deputy VP for International Partnerships at IIE, told The PIE News: "The transformation of higher education in Myanmar will be essential to preparing the country’s workforce to support the rapid economic development that is taking place."


Clare Banks, Assistant Director of IIE's Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education, shares about the Myanmar course launch in the IIE "Opening Minds" blog. Banks recounts, "Women and men in their best longyi eagerly awaiting their turn to confirm their name, choose a seat, and embark on a course that will provide them with the basic tools for setting up an international office. Ultimately 55 individuals from 31 universities and one ministry came to participate in the day-long opening workshop."

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IIE welcomes new member institutions to the IIENetwork, connecting over 7,000 individuals at more than 1,200 member institutions with a commitment to internationalization. For more information about IIE's membership program, please visit www.iie.org/IIENetwork.

All new IIE members will be added to the next edition of the IIENetwork Handbook for International Educators. This resource includes comprehensive listings and resources for networking and internationalizing your campus. To order copies of the IIENetwork Handbook, please go to: www.iiebooks.org/iienmemdir.html.

Bridge
Membership Contact: Lisa Rooney, Vice President of Education Abroad

DeVry University

Membership Contact: Sergio Abramovich, VP of International Operations

HTH Worldwide
Membership Contact: Elaine Del Rossi, Client Experience Officer

Jackson College
Membership Contact: Melanie Maree, Director of International Student Institute

Medaille College
Membership Contact: Dr. Norman Muir, Interim VP for Academic Affairs

Montgomery County Community College
Membership Contact: Dennis Barrera, Assistant Director of Admissions

Oglethorpe University
Membership Contact: Lucy Leusch, Vice President for Enrollment

Santa Barbara City College
Membership Contact: Carola Smith, Senior Director of International Programs

Youngstown State University
Membership Contact: Desa Pavlichich, Center for International Studies & Programs
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Study Abroad

Stacie Berdan, co-author of A Student Guide to Study Abroad recently posted in the Huffington Post 12 gift ideas perfect for any student among the nearly 300,000 studying abroad this academic year. Top on the list include a passport holder, universal power adapter, and hanging toiletry bag.  

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