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IIE has awarded the 2014 IIE Victor J. Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East to Tal Harris and Samer Makhlouf of the OneVoice Movement’s Youth Leadership Program, which mobilizes young Israelis and Palestinians to promote lasting peace. The award, which includes a $10,000 prize, was presented by the Chairman of IIE’s Board of Trustees, Thomas S. Johnson, on June 9 at the U.S. Consulate General’s cultural center in East Jerusalem.

Mr. Harris, an Israeli, and Mr. Makhlouf, a Palestinian, received the 10th annual IIE Goldberg Prize in recognition of their parallel work in training youth in the skills to organize the moderate, non-violent majority in their communities to press for realization of the two-state solution.

IIE Trustee Victor J. Goldberg said, "This award recognizes innovation, and rewards those who are courageous and committed enough to work to overcome the religious, cultural, ethnic, and political issues which divide the Middle East. We hope that the dedication shown by our prize winners will inspire others to join together across these divides to advance the cause of peace in the coming years."

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Deadline: June 30, 2014

Now is the time to renew your IIENetwork membership, which will allow you to continue to take full advantage of the many resources IIE offers. IIE membership renewal forms for the 2014/2015 academic year have been sent by email to the membership contact at each member institution. If you have not yet renewed your IIE membership, please take a moment to complete your renewal by June 30.

IIENetwork is IIE's membership program, with over 1,300 member institutions around the world. Each membership designee is an important link in a network of over 7,000 individuals with a commitment to the internationalization of their institutions. As an IIENetwork member, you benefit from international education publications, resources, discounts, and sharing best practices. IIE's offices around the world work closely with members to assist you in accessing IIE's expertise and information on the many programs for which your students and faculty may be eligible.

As an IIENetwork member, your campus will receive complimentary copies of our valuable print resources, including the Open Doors report, IIEPassport Study Abroad Directory, the IIENetwork Handbook for International Educators, the IIENetworker magazine, and more. You will also be able to access members-only data on www.iie.org, receive member discounts for IIE's Recruitment Fairs in Asia and International Academic Partnership Program. Finally, your IIENetwork membership ensures that you are eligible to nominate the innovative programs at your campus for the 2015 IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards.

You can renew your membership, update your designees, and pay the membership dues for your institution online. For more information on how to renew online, visit www.abdi-ecommerce10.com/iiemembership/. If you need an invoice, or for more information, please email membership@iie.org.

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IIE President Allan Goodman’s latest blog reflects on the graduation of New York University Abu Dhabi's first class, which he attended on May 25th. In particular, he shares about a student speaker who bravely presented to an audience packed with presidents and professors. "His theme was that this was only the end of the beginning, but he said it in a way that made an NYU Abu Dhabi education extremely and suddenly very relevant," writes Goodman. 

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A recent article published by the Associated Press looks at the drop in Americans studying in Mexico in the past decade and highlights new initiatives to increase those numbers along with those in the rest of the region. "To have Americans growing up and know nothing about our Spanish-speaking citizens ... means that our education is incomplete," IIE President Allan Goodman said in an interview for the article. "Knowing Mexico to me is as important as taking another course in economics." 

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A recent article in the Boston College Center for International Higher Education’s quarterly publication discusses a report on the African-born academic diaspora in North America, which has grown rapidly over the last three decades. The article highlights recent efforts—including the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program administered by IIE—to address barriers in Africa and North America that frustrate efforts to improve research collaborations and curriculum development.

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An article by Karen MacGregor in University World News shares about the recently launched U-Multirank in Brussels. "U-Multirank stresses that it is not a typical ranking," writes MacGregor. "It takes a user-driven, multi-dimensional approach comparing different kinds of institutions across a range of activities and grading them from A for ‘very good’ to E for ‘weak’, rather than producing a global top 100 universities based on composite scores." 

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A new report from UNESCO entitled "Higher Education in Asia: Expanding Out, Expanding Up" analyzes ways in which countries across Asia can accommodate more students while strengthening the quality of their university programs and research. According to the report, higher education systems are expanding. But the situation varies considerably between countries, with the share of students enrolled in private institutions ranging from 15 percent in Vietnam to 81 percent in the Republic of Korea.

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A recent study by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government of the State University of New York suggests that state government involvement in the international programming of colleges and universities is frequently tied to the state's commitment to stimulating economic development. While states' activities often link businesses and campuses around research, the report also points to increased foreign student recruitment and study abroad programs, with the intention of building a workforce prepared for the knowledge economy.

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A recent article by David Wheeler in Al-Fanar Media discusses the "intense competition for international students’ brainpower and spending on display" at the annual meeting of NAFSA: The Association of International Educators. "Many institutions recruit international students for the diversity in perspectives that they bring," writes Wheeler. "But some institutions are also on the hunt for fee-paying students who can offset the costs of domestic ones."

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Conferences

September 16-19, 2014 | Prague, Czech Republic 
Early Registration Deadline: June 25, 2014 | Registration and Conference Details

EducationUSA invites U.S. colleges and universities to participate in the EducationUSA Pavilion at the 26th Annual European Association for International Education (EAIE) Conference. The largest event of its kind in Europe, EAIE is expecting over 4,000 higher education professionals from at least 80 countries and 300 exhibitors. "Stepping into a new era" of the internationalization of higher education will be the theme of this year's event.
 
Accredited U.S. colleges and universities as well as study consortia are welcome to join to:
  • Showcase their institutions and programs at Europe’s largest higher education conference
  • Actively promote U.S. study to the European audience
  • Meet current and potential partners
  • Participate in the 20+ networking events at the conference
  • Attend an exclusive briefing on Czech higher education and partnership possibilities with Czech universities, hosted by the U.S. Embassy.
EducationUSA staff will be present at the pavilion at all times to assist participants in promoting educational opportunities in the United States and to facilitate meetings.
 
If you have questions, please contact Nora Nemeth at nnemeth@educationusa.info.
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October 13-14, 2014 | Asheville, N.C. | Registration and Conference Details
IIE staff and Fulbrighters are eligible for a 25% discount with coupon code IIESwarm

Melibee Global will host Malibee Swarm in Asheville, N.C., a two-day conference on "Culture, Identity and Perspective." The conference will dive into these topics through photography, writing, listening, and storytelling, and use reflection to support the process of integrating this lifelong learning into attendees’ personal and professional lives. 
 
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February 15-18, 2015 | Washington, DC
Proposal Deadline: August 15, 2014 | Proposal and Conference Details
 
The Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) has released a call for proposals for the 2015 AIEA Conference. All session proposals should be targeted to Senior International Officers (SIOs) and relevant to the 2015 theme, "Leading Global Learning: Envisioning New Paradigms."
 
The following subthemes for the 2015 conference are strongly encouraged:
  • The Senior International Officer (SIO) and Campus Leadership
  • Diversity and Global Learning
  • The SIO and Accountability
  • Technologically-Facilitated Global Learning
  • Global Responsibilities
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Deadlines

The International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office of the U.S. Department of Education has announced the following grant program competitions:

Application Deadlines: June 30, 2014
  • National Resource Centers Program: The National Resource Centers (NRC) competition provides grants to establish, strengthen, and operate language and area or international studies centers that will be national resources for teaching any modern foreign language.
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships Program: The Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) competition allocates academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education and consortia of institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies.
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Course Dates (2 options):
August 2–14, 2014 | Application Deadline: July 12, 2014
August 16–28, 2014 | Application Deadline: July 28, 2014

Hebron University is pleased to offer their first summer courses of Arabic language and society for overseas students. The course provides an opportunity to learn and improve your Arabic conversation (Palestinian dialect) and to learn about Palestinian culture. 

About Hebron and Hebron University:
Hebron (known locally as 'al-khalil') is located in the West Bank of Palestine, 30km south of Jerusalem. With a population of around 250,000, it is the second largest city in the country - after Gaza. Hebron is home to the tomb of Abraham - the father of Judaism, Christianity and Islam - making it an important, historical pilgrimage site for all Abrahamic faiths. The city's importance throughout the last three millennia is well recorded in many religious and historical texts, and can be seen in many of the city's archeological sites. Its continued significance is reflected in current Israeli attempts to force the Palestinian population out of Hebron's historical center.

Hebron University was founded by Sheikh Mohammad Ali Al-Ja'abari in 1971. First established was the Faculty of Islamic Law with an intake of around 43 students. As of 2014, the University boasts 9 Faculties and approximately 7,400 students - 78% of whom are female. Hebron University aims to promote excellence in its faculty, staff and students while also contributing to the development of the cultural, social and economic status of Palestinian society.
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Fulbright

The International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office of the U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce the following grant program competitions:
  • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program: The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months. Application Deadline: June 24, 2014.
  • Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program: The Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Short-Term Program provides grants to colleges and universities, state departments of education, and nonprofit educational organizations to support overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies. Project periods in a host country range from a minimum of four weeks to three months, depending on the type of project proposed. Project participants may include K-12 teachers, pre-service teachers, and postsecondary faculty. Application Deadline: June 24, 2014.
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South and Central Asia is a dynamic, rich, and diverse region balancing a respect for traditions with increasing engagement in an interconnected world. It is a region which ranges from the vast steppes and rugged mountains of Central Asia to the deserts and tropics of South Asia. It is attractive for Americans because of its history, religious, cultural and geographic variety.

Central Asia provides Fulbright Scholars with multiple country locations in which grant activities can be conducted: KazakhstanKyrgyz RepublicTajikistanTurkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Here, in the heart of Asia, Fulbrighters can experience the development of emerging sectors including education and information sciences, among others. All disciplines will be considered for awards in Central Asia, which can provide vast opportunities for individuals in an array of fields. Awards are open to professionals and non-Ph.D. holders. As there are a limited number of U.S. scholars in Central Asia, motivated scholars have an opportunity to make a significant impact in these emerging countries.

As a result of a recent agreement between the governments of the United States and India, the Fulbright awards in India are titled Fulbright-Nehru awards. India offers more Fulbright U.S. Scholar program opportunities than any other country in the world, with more than 70 Fulbright-Nehru grants for U.S. scholars, professionals, and international education administrators.

Beyond India, opportunities abound in South Asia for Fulbright activities. BangladeshBhutanMaldivesNepalPakistan, and Sri Lanka provide the setting for a broad range of projects.

Explore core Fulbright U.S. Scholar opportunities in South and Central Asia, by visiting the regional pages on our website.

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. For more information, visit eca.state.gov/fulbright.

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The Fulbright Association announced Dr. Hans Blix as the winner of the J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding. Dr. Blix dedicated much of his life to controlling the spread of nuclear weapons and the capacity of nations to produce them. He is best known as Chair of the International Atomic Energy Agency during a period of great tension in the Middle East. He is credited with reducing the threat of war in Iran and managing the potential for nuclear capabilities in Iraq. Previous Fulbright Prize Laureates include Desmond Tutu, Bill and Melinda Gates, Bill Clinton, Colin Powell, and Nelson Mandela. 

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Partnerships

Application Deadline: June 20, 2014 | Download Full Announcement

The Associate Provost for International Education at the University of Georgia (UGA) invites nominations and applications for position of Director of International Partnerships (IP) within the Office of International Education (OIE). The Office of International Education supports UGA’s academic, research, and outreach missions through the promotion of global learning experiences for students, the sponsorship and exchange of international students, scholars, faculty and staff, and the development of international research and instructional collaborations. This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic team that is engaging across the university to promote comprehensive internationalization and to advance the position of UGA amongst the top public universities in the United States. 

Position Description

The Director of International Partnerships provides the leadership and strategic direction for UGA’s international engagement. S/he works with Deans and faculty in developing international collaborative activities (such as joint research projects, academic exchanges, joint academic programming) with foreign universities and developing of the formal agreements with international entities. The IP unit also serves as a conduit for foreign institutions to connect with UGA and handles the hosting of high-level international delegations to UGA. It serves as a liaison between UGA and the Georgia Consular Corps and foreign diplomatic corps in the U.S. and other international entities that advance UGA’s mission. Reporting to the Director of IP are the International Partnerships Coordinator and the International Relations and Protocol Coordinator.

If you have questions, please contact Chris Schwarzer, Search Committee Chair, at chriss@uga.edu.
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Below are two new open calls for proposals from at the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU): 
  • The High North Programme: The High North Programme supports collaboration between higher education institutions in Norway and institutions in Canada, China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Russia, and the United States in order to increase knowledge about the High North. Projects can apply for up to NOK 2 million (USD 335,000) over a period of four years. Application deadline: November 5, 2014, at 3:00 PM CET.
  • Project funds for cooperation with North America: Norwegian institutions of higher education are invited to apply for funds for projects related to higher education collaboration with institutions in the US and Canada. The collaboration must include an element of collaboration with the public or private sectors. Projects may apply for funding up to NOK 200,000 (USD 34,000) over a period of 18 months. Application deadline: September 16, 2014, at 3:00 PM CET.
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Study Abroad

The Institute of International Education is pleased to announce the publication of the 2014 edition of IIEPassport: The Complete Guide to Study Abroad Programs. The IIEPassport study abroad directory has been the industry standard for more than 60 years, helping thousands of students identify and select study abroad programs. 

The 2014 directory includes in one convenient volume both short-term and long-term programs and is divided usefully into four world regions: Asia & Oceania, Africa & the Middle East, the Americas, and Europe. It contains thousands of study abroad program listings offered by U.S. and foreign universities and study abroad providers, along with key information on funding opportunities for study abroad experiences. In addition, the directory features key tips on how students can have a successful study abroad experience. 

The study abroad designee at each IIENetwork member institution will receive one complimentary copy of the publication.

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The outcomes from IIE’s first ever "Generation Study Abroad Think Tank," have been documented in the first Generation Study Abroad "green paper," so titled because it has been created, not as a final product, but a living document to which additional ideas will be added. This green paper lays the foundation for an ongoing discussion around how to increase the number of students studying abroad in the short term and to shift the paradigm over the long term. We encourage you to share your insights and best practices with the community by commenting on the 11 Big Ideas outlined in the green paper. Please comment by September 1, 2014.

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