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A feature in the Chronicle of Higher Education today highlights the Fulbright Program and lists the Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Scholars and Students - those institutions in each Carnegie Classification that had the highest numbers of their U.S. students (primarily recent graduates) and scholars (faculty, researchers and administrators) who received Fulbright grants for the current academic year. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, and the Top Producing schools are announced each year by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The feature article focuses on the Fulbright Program’s efforts to involve more U.S. Community Colleges, noting that "the U.S. State Department is doing more to make sure that faculty members and others from community colleges also benefit from the exchange program, with the goal of getting more international perspectives into community-college campuses and classrooms." Hosting foreign participants helps campuses enhance language instruction, while "sending faculty and administrators abroad provides them with the skills needed to jump-start campus internationalization and build long-term connections abroad," according to Meghann Curtis, the department’s deputy assistant secretary of state for academic programs. The department says the focus on community colleges dovetails with the White House’s recent spotlight on the important role played by two-year institutions.

Congratulations to all those institutions whose scholars and students received Fulbright grants this year and especially to those listed in this year's top producing lists. The institutions that had the highest number of students who received Fulbright U.S. Student awards for 2014-15, by Carnegie Classification, are: Harvard U. (Research Institutions), Villanova U. (Master’s Institutions), Pitzer College (Bachelor’s Institutions), and Rhode Island School of Design (Specialized Institutions). The institutions that had the highest number of faculty who received grants from the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Programs are: U. of California at Berkeley (Research Institutions), City College of New York and Seattle U. (Master’s Institutions), U. of Richmond and Washington and Lee U. (Bachelor’s Institutions), Georgia Perimeter College (Community Colleges), and U. of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (Specialized Institutions). Visit the Chronicle of Higher Education online to see this special coverage of the Fulbright Program. To view the full list of Fulbright Scholars for 2014-2015, visit the Fulbright U.S. Scholar and Fulbright U.S. Student websites.

We would like to thank the Fulbright Scholar Campus Representatives and Fulbright Program Advisers for their efforts to promote the program and assist students and faculty on their campuses.To find out details on your campus's involvement with the Fulbright Scholar Program, please contact Peter Vanderwater; for details regarding the Fulbright Student Program, please contact Tony Claudino.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 360,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Over 1,800 U.S. students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English, and conduct research, and more than 800 U.S. Scholars teach or conduct research through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program annually. The Fulbright Scholar Program offers several new program models designed to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals, and more opportunities for multi-country grants through enhanced global and regional awards. The Fulbright Program operates in over 160 countries throughout the world. Directories of Fulbright student recipients are available at: www.fulbrightonline.org/us, and Fulbright Scholar recipients are available at http://www.cies.org/fulbright-scholars.

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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Proposal Deadline: February 15, 2015

On October 1-2, 2015, the inaugural IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad will bring commitment partners together in Washington, D.C. to highlight their progress and create positive new solutions. The Summit is an exciting opportunity to engage and showcase commitment partners from all sectors and will feature high-level plenary debates, action-oriented sessions, think tanks and networking opportunities, as well as an engaging expo hall, to mobilize commitments and inspire new actions.

IIE invites proposals that highlight best practices, ideas, and innovations and that advance the collective Generation Study Abroad goal of significantly expanding and scaling education abroad. We also encourage proposals that reflect the spirit of collaboration across sectors.

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Deadline: March 27, 2015 | Complete Survey Online

The International Student Census Survey, which captures fall 2014 data on international students in the U.S., is part of the Institute of International Education’s annual Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. The Open Doors Report, supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, has long been regarded as the authoritative source for statistical data on international student flows to the U.S. IIE’s research team relies on the efforts of dedicated individuals from each U.S. institution to help keep these statistics as current and accurate as possible. 

If you have any questions about the survey, need to update your institution’s contact or require login information, please send an email to iieresearch@iie.org or call (212) 984-5554.
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Following the recent broadening of diplomatic dialogue between the United States and Cuba, IIE held an IIENetwork National Conference Call with five distinguished experts, moderated by IIE President and CEO Allan E. Goodman. This call focused on the future of U.S.-Cuban higher education engagement, opportunities for academic collaboration, and how some institutions are addressing challenges that arise. Speakers discussed current modes of collaboration and the potential to advance new academic linkages and exchanges.

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A second round of 11th grade girls was selected by a panel of Ethiopian leaders to receive academic skill building and leadership development to help them matriculate to university. IIE Vice President Edith Cecil shares about these future leaders. — IIE Opening Minds Blog


IIE Senior Research Officer Christine A. Farrugia draws from this year’s Open Doors report to share some of the latest trends in outbound student mobility as well as some advice on where to focus our energy toward expanding U.S. study abroad. — Education Week

Students seeking a foothold in a global marketplace have caused demand for internships abroad to surge. According to Open Doors, almost 15,000 Americans interned, worked, or volunteered abroad for no credit in 2012-13, the article reports. — New York Times

While similar arrangements between China and the United States and between India and other countries yielded benefits, some academics in India are skeptical of the new U.S.-India proposal. — University World News
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Conferences

February 17, 2015, at 9:00 AM, in Washington, DC | Register

The EU Rendez-Vous series features senior European and American representatives discussing the 21st century's most significant issues, from foreign policy and the global economy to energy security and human rights. Next week’s event will discuss the Future of international higher education from a European perspective and will feature Xavier Prats Monné, the European Union's Director-General for Education & Culture, in conversation with Peggy Blumenthal, Senior Counselor to the President, Institute of International Education.
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Going Global is an open forum for global leaders of international education to discuss current issues. In addition to the platform for education world leaders to debate international higher and further education issues and challenges, and to discuss collaborative solutions, the event provides an opportunity for networking, and has become a fixture of the global education calendar. The conference consists of a series of collaborative sessions that focus on the year’s chosen themes.

IIENetwork members receive a registration discount. Choose the discounted pass option and enter the following code when prompted: GGPartner5102
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June 14-16, 2015, in Brussels | Save the Date

This year's ACA Annual Conference will be devoted to the theme of institutional internationalization strategies. The event will look at how to devise such strategies, who has them, but also at how to practically implement them and overcome some of the almost eternal challenges. Approaches and examples presented will be from all over Europe, but also other parts of the world, with invited speakers from Canada, Australia and China.
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Deadlines

Application Deadline: May 15, 2015 | Learn More

IIE is pleased to announce a new competition of the Richard A. Horovitz Fund for Professional Development for the 2015-16 academic year. The Horovitz Fund is dedicated to African artists and scholars in the humanities and social sciences. 

Award winner(s) receive funds to defray educational costs for one academic year and may be used to cover thesis research, tuition, living, and other costs. Applicants must be a citizen of a sub-Saharan African country and enrolled at an accredited U.S. university, cultural, or artistic institution (on a F or J visa).
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Submit Proposal by February 15, 2015 | Learn More

The Partner University Fund (PUF)—a collaboration of the French government, American private donors, and the FACE Foundation—is dedicated to amplifying the potential of the brightest French and American scholars by supporting educational and research partnerships between higher education institutions in both countries. 
 
PUF awards support collaborations that foster international educational exchanges, create joint degree programs or training courses, or propose joint research projects. The Program encourages collaborations across all fields of study and supports training and research at Master’s, doctoral and post-doctoral levels. Partnerships forged between two or more American and French institutions are supported for 1 year and are renewable for a total period of 3 years.
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Proposal Deadline: February 20, 2015 | Learn More

The Consortium for North America Higher Education Collaboration seeks proposals for Proyecta 100,000 to host Mexican students. Proyecta 100,000 is an ambitious and transformational program to bring 100,000 Mexican students to study in the United States as part of a renewed spirit of cooperation between the governments of Mexico and the United States under the Bilateral Forum on Higher education, Innovation and Research (FOBESII) initiated by Presidents Nieto and Obama in 2013.
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Application Deadline: March 20, 2015 | Learn More

The Russell Berrie Fellowship in Interreligious Studies is now accepting applications for the academic year 2015-16. The aim of the Fellowship Program is to build bridges between Christian, Jewish, and other religious traditions by providing the next generation of religious leaders with a comprehensive understanding of and dedication to interfaith issues. Applicants of all faiths and backgrounds from around the world are encouraged to apply.

The fellowship offers one year of financial support for priests and members of the laity to study for a Licence Degree or a Diploma in Interreligious Studies at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), in Rome. 

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Partnerships

IIE welcomes new member institutions to the IIENetwork, connecting over 7,000 individuals at more than 1,400 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.

Education Malaysia
Membership Contact: Dr. Amin Md. Taff, Director

Illinois Eastern Community Colleges
Membership Contact: Pamela Swanson-Madden, Program Director, Int'l Students

Macquarie University, Australia
Membership Contact: Lea-Anne Allen, Country Manager, International

North Park University
Membership Contact: Mark Olson, Dean of Enrollment

Norwich University
Membership Contact: Minday Ward, Int'l Programming Coordinator

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Membership Contact: Katherine Hammett, Senior Director of Global Programs

South Carolina State University
Membership Contact: Learie Luke, Director of Int'l Student Exchange Programs

Technological Institute of the Philippines
Membership Contact: Dr. Rosalinda Valdepeñas, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

Utica College
Membership Contact: Lisa Tehan, Office of Int'l Education

Vanguard University of Southern California
Membership Contact: Kayli Hillebrand, Associate Director of Outreach

Wofford College
Membership Contact: Ana Maria Wiseman, Dean of Int'l Programs
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The U.S. Department of State’s EducationUSA Leadership Institutes kicked off this week in Washington, D.C. with an orientation for 39 representatives of governments and higher education institutions from 22 countries around the world. The Leadership Institutes are designed to increase understanding of U.S. higher education and build capacity to facilitate exchanges in the United States within educational systems and campuses worldwide. 

For this inaugural round, participants will complete three-week academic residencies at the following institutions: 10 program participants will focus on both U.S. and international accreditation and quality assurance frameworks at the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in Washington, D.C.; 14 participants will explore strategies for collaboration between higher education and the private sector around workforce development, R&D, and curricular reform at the Study Colorado higher education consortium; 15 participants will examine best practices for international student recruitment and retention, as well as strategies for encouraging increased participation in study abroad among U.S. students, at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
 
The Leadership Institutes are a component of the State Department’s EducationUSA network, which includes hundreds of advising centers in 170 countries around the world that provide prospective international students with accurate, current, and comprehensive information about U.S. higher education while supporting U.S. colleges’ and universities’ international student recruitment efforts. International education prepares students for today’s globalized economy, and develops the relationships between people and communities in the United States and around the world that are necessary to solve global challenges. We encourage more U.S. students to participate in education abroad, and we continue to welcome international students to the United States. Follow the participants on Twitter @ECAatState or #EducationUSA.  

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Study Abroad

The Generation Study Abroad Teacher Campaign seeks 1,000 teachers to take part in IIE’s initiative to double the number of U.S. college students studying abroad. Teachers are powerful motivators capable of encouraging students to pursue any and all types of global study, from classroom projects in elementary school to study abroad programs in college. If you know any teachers, please invite them to Take the Pledge to encourage their students to begin building their international interests and skills now.

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February 25, 2015, from 12:00 to 8:00 PM EST | Attendance is Free

The first Virtual Study Abroad Fair, hosted by CollegeWeekLive, IIE, and the U.S. Department of State, is a unique opportunity for U.S. students to learn more about the benefits of study abroad, program options, potential host countries and funding opportunities. Students and families can log in from 12:00 to 8:00 PM EST to watch live presentations and chat with representatives from all over the world. Please share with your students.
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IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative welcomes the Government of Ireland as a new Lead Signature Partner. Ireland’s Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O'Sullivan TD, has committed $100,000 to IIE’s Generation Study Abroad fund. The majority of the funding will be used to provide incentive grants to colleges and universities from across the United States, which the institutions will match and award as student scholarships which will be known as Ireland-IIE Generation Study Abroad Scholarships.

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Scholar Rescue Fund

In an interview with Evelyn Lamb for Scientific American and the Association of Women in Mathematics, IIE-SRF alumna Dr. Amal Fahad shares her experiences adjusting to U.S. culture, studying science as a woman, and addressing the needs of Iraq, her home country. During her IIE-SRF fellowship at Harvard University in 2007, Dr. Fahad covered the entire University of Baghdad campus in a wireless mesh network. "Researchers and faculty members were able to use their machines for the first time and get internet connectivity from their offices. That was impossible before," she says.

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