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Global student mobility is one of the fastest-growing phenomena in higher education in the twenty-first century. A new publication, International Students and Global Mobility in Higher Education, edited by IIE’s Rajika Bhandari and Peggy Blumenthal, examines current trends in global student mobility in key destination and sending countries, including newer players, such as China, India, and the educational hubs of the Middle East.

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In an attempt to remove barriers and encourage girls to enter STEM fields, IIE’s New Delhi office began the planning phase for a pilot program to be launched early in 2014. Namrata Jha, director of the New Delhi office, writes in a blog post about her meetings with government officials, local NGOs, and science teachers to kick off the needs assessment for the new program.

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Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, has announced a three-year, $1.25 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of an initiative to strengthen global education at six private colleges in the state.

The New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium—which includes Colgate University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, St. Lawrence University, Skidmore College, and Union College—will use the funds to launch the New York Six International Initiative, an effort to "assist...member schools in expanding the global aspects of their curricula and engaging students and faculty in the study of global issues, both at their home campuses and abroad."

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The Boston College Center for International Higher Education has released the winter 2014 issue of International Higher Education, a publication that offers commentary and current information on key issues that shape higher education worldwide. The issue features a broad range of topics and regional perspectives including academic collaboration with African universities, new legislation in Vietnam, and higher education in post-conflict conditions.

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Conferences

February 18-March 14, 2014 | Latin America and Vietnam

IIE’s higher education fairs provide a unique opportunity for U.S. colleges and universities to expand and widen their international presence and for students to learn about their myriad of opportunities. Registration is now open for universities; IIENetwork member institutions receive a discount. 


Fairs in Vietnam are specially designed for colleges and universities interested in recruiting students for all majors: 
  • February 18: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • February 20: Hanoi, Vietnam
Fairs in Latin America are specially designed for colleges and universities interested in recruiting students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields: 
  • February 27: Mexico City, Mexico
  • March 1: Monterrey, Mexico
  • March 4: Guadalajara, Mexico
  • March 6: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • March 8: Bogota, Colombia
  • March 10: Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • March 12: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • March 14: Santiago, Chile
For more information about the Fairs, contact ufairs@iie.org.
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February 15, 2014 | JW Marriott, Washington, DC

The American Council on Education and the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) invite you to register for the Internationalization Collaborative "Leading Internationalization in Financially Challenging Times: Building the Innovative Campus," the yearly meeting of a network of more than 100 institutions that addresses critical issues in campus internationalization.


The program is designed for campus leaders with responsibility for internationalization, including senior/chief international officers, provosts, deans, department chairs, and program directors. In addition to panel discussions, the Collaborative emphasizes peer-to-peer interaction, and a significant portion of the program will be devoted to breakout groups.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the executive leadership perspective on resource allocation.
  • Creating a campus environment that promotes cost-effective innovation and collaboration.
  • Positioning internationalization to be part of the solution to broad institutional challenges.
  • Developing effective strategies for generating and retaining financial resources for internationalization.
Many of the participants in the Collaborative also attend the AIEA Annual Conference, which begins on February 16. You must register separately for the AIEA Annual Conference and its pre-conference workshops through the AIEA website.

You may direct questions to Katie Weigel at kweigel@acenet.edu.
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Deadlines

February 20, 2014, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM | Washington, DC
 
Registration Deadline: January 15, 2014 | Registration Form
 
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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The Whitaker International Program is a competitive grant that sends emerging leaders in biomedical engineering (or bioengineering) overseas to increase international collaboration in the field. The Whitaker Program was funded by The Whitaker Foundation (now closed), and is administered by IIE. Whitaker International Program grants are awarded based on an activity/project proposal that is relevant to biomedical engineering.

The 2014 competition deadlines are as follows:
Awards have included research in heart blood flow, pursuing a Master's in Bioscience Enterprise, a policy project on investment in biomedical devices, improved prosthetic leg design, and development of affordable oral cancer screening tools. Projects can occur worldwide, and have taken place in the UK, Chile, Denmark, India, South Africa, and Singapore among many other locations.

If you have any questions, please contact whitaker@iie.org.
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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.

For more information, contact japanimfscholarship@iie.org.
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Fulbright

Application Deadline: February 28, 2014 at 5:00 PM EST

The U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society are partnering to launch the inaugural Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship competition. This new component of the Fulbright Program will offer up to five awards to U.S. citizens. Over a nine-month period, awardees will create multimedia stories on globally significant social or environmental topics including biodiversity, cities, climate change, cultures, energy, food, oceans, and water.  

The Fulbright-National Geographic Fellowship provides a unique platform for U.S. Fulbright awardees to build awareness of transnational challenges, comparing and contrasting cross-border issues. Fellows will share their stories through National Geographic’s platforms, using a variety of digital storytelling tools, including text, photography, video, audio, graphic illustrations, and/or social media.

For more information, contact fulbright-natgeo@iie.org.
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Scholar Rescue Fund

The Institute of International Education and IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) are founding members of the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA). As a member of the Higher Education Group of GCPEA, IIE-SRF participated in a research study released earlier this month. "Institutional Autonomy and the Protection of Higher Education from Attack" examines attacks on higher education personnel and facilities and explores the nexus of autonomy and security. 

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This article on the higher education landscape in post-conflict Iraq features the work of IIE’s Iraq Scholar Rescue Project, an initiative of the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund. The article concentrates on recent partnerships between institutions in Iraq and the United States and how this has helped to revitalize the Iraqi higher education sector. IIE Scholar Rescue Fund Director Jim Miller is quoted within the piece.

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