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State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher announced that a new partnership with the Institute of International Education (IIE) will support a 25 percent increase in study abroad participation by students across SUNY between now and 2020. The announcement was made at SUNY’s fourth annual Critical Issues in Higher Education Conference, where the power of collective impact efforts like Generation Study Abroad are being explored by international thought leaders. SUNY is the first comprehensive system of higher education to join IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative, which aims to double the number of college students in the U.S. who study abroad.

"Increasing study abroad will bolster student success and help SUNY meet its goals for educating career-ready graduates who are prepared to take on the challenges of today’s economy and meet the needs of a global workforce," said Chancellor Zimpher. "SUNY is proud not only to join the Generation Study Abroad commitment but to hold it up as an example of collective impact strategy at work."

"The State University of New York’s commitment to Generation Study Abroad is a significant boost to our global effort," said IIE President Allan E. Goodman, "and we commend Chancellor Zimpher and the presidents at each of SUNY’s campuses for their support and commitment."

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New data from the Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange will be released on Monday, November 17, 2014. Open Doors® provides the most comprehensive data and analysis available on international students studying in the U.S. and Americans studying abroad. It is published annually by the Institute of International Education in partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Visit Open Doors FAQ for information on what is in the report and where to find related data.

November 17 marks the start of the 15th Annual celebration of International Education Week, a joint activity of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education. We recommend that campuses work with their media relations offices to highlight their international activities, including hosting international students and helping American students to study abroad. One possible news angle is a comparison of your Open Doors data from 15 years ago (Open Doors 2000) with the current data. On the International Education Week website, you can download 15th Anniversary IEW logos and additional resources, including a Passport to the World Toolkit.
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A Public Funding Observatory report of the European University Association highlighted long-term budget cuts affecting scientific research in higher education in Europe, with a growing geographical divide. Karen MacGregor reports in University World News on a recent campaign among scientists across Europe who argue that these cuts harm European global competitiveness and threaten its economic future. 

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An article in Japan Times describes the current shift of international student destinations from Japan to China and Japan’s efforts to catch up. "In the 1980s, when everybody was studying Japanese, it looked like America’s future was going to be tied to Japan’s economy, but now that’s not the case," says IIE’s Peggy Blumenthal, interviewed for the article. "America’s future is now tied to the Chinese economy, as will the economies of many other countries."

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U.S. News has launched its inaugural Best Global Universities rankings to help students compare universities around the world. The overall rankings encompass the top 500 institutions spread out across 49 countries. In addition, the rankings include region-specific and country-specific. The rankings also feature the top 100 global universities in 21 subject areas, including fields such as economics and business, engineering, computer science, and social sciences and public health. 

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Hans Müller-Steinhagen writes on Times Higher Education about Germany’s efforts to "punch its weight" in the ranking systems. By gaining a more detailed understanding of the rankings, German universities hope to target its resources and establish more relevant indicators in order to optimize its position in the league tables. Müller-Steinhagen argues that these efforts will not only drive improvement, but also attract highly qualified students and researchers to their universities.

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Conferences

June 1-2, 2015 | London
Proposal Deadline: October 31, 2014 | Proposal and Conference Details

Going Global is an annual conference hosted by the British Council, which provides a forum for world leaders in education to network, debate international tertiary education issues and challenges, and to discuss creative, collaborative solutions. The conference welcomes leaders and practitioners within the tertiary education sector as well as education ministers, journalists, policy makers, and industry representatives. Going Global 2015 will take place at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London. The theme for this year is Connecting Cultures, Forging Futures. To contribute your unique perspective on these themes, submit a proposal before the deadline of Friday, October, 31, 2014.

You are invited to submit one of the following proposals:
  • Speaker - This is your opportunity to engage with this year's themes and discuss your ideas in collaboration with other global education leaders. 
  • Chairperson - This option is for those who have a keen interest in facilitating a session and wish to work with our team to achieve this. 
  • Guest curators - This is an exciting new addition to the program where you have the opportunity to shape a full session. You can drive every aspect of the session from the format it takes to the speakers you invite. 
If you have any questions please contact Going.Global@britishcouncil.org.
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January 26–27, 2015 | Washington, DC
Early Registration Deadline: November 1, 2014 | Conference and Registration Details

The Washington International Education Council is pleased to invite IIE Members to participate in the 13th Washington International Education Conference taking place at the University of California Washington, DC, Center and embassies and sponsoring organizations throughout Washington. The Conference is the premier event providing the latest information on the movement of international students to the United States. This year’s conference will feature ground breaking research on the origins and destinations of international students. Register now to reserve your place and qualify for the early registration rate. Registration forms are available at www.washcouncil.org or by emailing inquiries@washcouncil.org.
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March 23–25, 2015 | Beijing, China
Pavilion Registration Deadline: January 29, 2015 | Registration and Pavilion Details

EducationUSA invites accredited U.S. colleges and universities to join the EducationUSA Pavilion to promote U.S. higher education at the 2015 Asia Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) Conference in Beijing.
  • Showcase your institution
  • Build and sustain partnerships with this important world region
  • Actively promote U.S. higher education offerings to the Asia/Pacific audience
Professional EducationUSA staff will be present at the pavilion at all times to assist you in promoting educational opportunities in the U.S. and to facilitate meetings.
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Deadlines

Proposal Deadline: October 31, 2014, at 5:00 PM EST | Initiative Details

This is a final call for proposals to the Global Innovation Initiative, a higher education grant competition funded by the United States and the United Kingdom to strengthen higher education research partnerships between the U.S., the UK and four other countries: Brazil, China, India, and Indonesia. This initiative provides exciting grant opportunities for post-secondary educational partnerships on topics of global significance in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the following four areas: energy, climate change and the environment; agriculture, food security and water; global health; and urban development. Accredited U.S. post-secondary educational institutions are invited to apply for one of approximately six grants of up to $200,000 each, and must apply together with at least one higher education partner in the UK, and one in Brazil, China, India, and/or Indonesia. 

Two parallel, but separate grant competitions are offered in the U.S. and UK, and an institution from either country will be required to take the lead on the partnership. Partnership proposals with a U.S. lead institution must apply through the U.S. competition and those with a UK lead institution must apply through the UK competition. 

Proposals to both grant competitions are due by 5:00 PM EST on October 31, 2014, and U.S.-led proposals should be submitted via email to GII@iie.org. Grant recipients will be announced in spring 2015.
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Application Deadline: January 31, 2015 | Application and Scholarship Details

Highly qualified undergraduate students are invited to apply for scholarships funding study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany. The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities. Preference will be given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university. Scholarships are available either as part of an organized study abroad program or as part of an individual, student-designed study abroad semester or year.
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Nomination Deadline: February 20, 2015 | Nomination and Prize Details

The Institute of International Education is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 11th annual Victor J. Goldberg IIE Prize for Peace in the Middle East. The prize recognizes outstanding work being conducted jointly by two individuals, one Israeli Jew and one Arab Muslim, whether or not a citizen of Israel, working together to advance the cause of peace in the Middle East. The two individuals whose work is judged to be most successful in bringing people together and breaking down the barriers of hatred will share a $10,000 prize.

To be eligible for the Prize, at least one of the nominated individuals must have visited the United States as a participant of any program administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), or any exchange program funded by any of IIE’s sponsors and administered by another organization. Alumni of the following IIE-administered programs, among others, are encouraged to apply: Fulbright Programs, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowships, International Visitor Leadership Program (formerly International Visitor Program, or IVP), State Department Middle East Partnership Initiative, Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program, Ford Foundation Global Travel and Learning Fund, and training programs funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. 

Fulbright alumni and alumni of the Israel Arab Scholarship Program whose grants were administered by AMIDEAST are also eligible. Similarly, individuals who came to the United States under funding from the Ford Foundation or as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program are eligible even if they were participating in a program coordinated by another organization. Please visit the IIE Goldberg Prize website for a full list of IIE sponsors and partners.
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Partnerships
 
IIE’s Center for International Partnerships is pleased to announce the Brazil international partnership initiative for the 2014-2015 cycle. If your institution is seeking to develop strategic institutional partnerships with higher education institutions in Brazil, please consider applying for IIE's International Academic Partnership Program.

Following four years of success, the International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP) will again guide a select group of U.S. higher education institutions over the course of a year in strategic planning activities focused on implementing partnerships with counterparts in Brazil. Since 2009, IAPP has engaged nearly 100 U.S. higher education institutions in comprehensive, year-long programs aimed at increasing the number of partnerships between U.S. higher education institutions and their counterparts abroad. Past participants have increased faculty exchanges, implemented strategic partnership plans, and expanded study abroad offerings within Brazil. 

Program Information:
Application Deadline: November 10, 2014 
Program Cycle: November 2014–October 2015 
Study Tour to Brazil: April 2015 (tentative) 
Program Cost: IIENetwork Members $12,500/Non-members $14,000 (This includes all in-country costs for one representative from your institution to travel on the IAPP study tour, not including international airfare.) 

For more information, or to download the IAPP application, please visit www.iie.org/iapp or contact Morgan Clark at mclark@iie.org.
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Yojana Sharma writes in University World News about a growing global network of community-engaged universities and shares recent activities, latest trends, and lingering challenges in local community engagement. "While facing an uphill task to set up valuable collaborations with local community groups, university engagement organisations are also connecting globally to learn from one another," writes Sharma.

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Study Abroad

Many universities are seeing a rise in online students who are studying or traveling abroad. "Studying abroad may seem like an elusive goal to online students, many of whom are already balancing work, school and family commitments," writes Dawn Reiss in a U.S. News article. "But it doesn't have to be an impossibility." Reiss shares the benefits of and practical approaches to studying abroad as an online student.

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A U.S. News article by Susannah Snider shares helpful information about the cost and payoff of earning a degree abroad. The article provides a summary of costs of some of the more common destinations abroad while also asking important questions. "Consider the long-term investment," writes Snider. "Tuition and fees may be cheaper up front at international schools, but that doesn't mean that attending college or earning a graduate degree abroad is a worthwhile investment for everyone." 

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In their article in the latest edition of IIENetworker magazine, Sarah Phillips and Cheryl Matherly discuss the international research experience for undergraduates (IREU) model and share the results of a case study on the NanoJapan Program. According to the authors, "science and engineering research is increasingly characterized by international collaboration, yet the number of U.S. undergraduates in these fields who participate in study abroad still lags." The NanoJapan program seeks to encourage international collaboration in the sciences by engaging undergraduate U.S. students in scientific research in Japan.

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