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The Institute of International Education (IIE), CollegeWeekLive, and the U.S. Department of State are hosting a virtual study abroad fair for U.S. high school and university students to learn more about the benefits of study abroad, program options, potential host countries, and funding opportunities.

Students will be able to chat live with over 50 university representatives and other exhibitors from 13 different countries, including representatives from the U.S. Department of State. They will learn about study abroad programs, internships abroad, and service learning opportunities. Video presentations will discuss the value of study abroad for professional development and guide students on how to choose and finance an exchange program, prepare for the experience, and apply for scholarships. Registration is free, and students who visit at least 5 booths will be eligible to win cash prizes.

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IIE welcomes Australia as a new Country Partner in the Generation Study Abroad initiative. The Hon Kim Beazley, Australia's Ambassador to United States of America and Allan E. Goodman, IIE's President and CEO, marked the new collaboration at an event at the Australian Embassy last week.
 
In addition to Australia, 12 other countries (Brazil, China, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, and United Kingdom, as well as the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs,) have made commitments to Generation Study Abroad. Nearly 100 non-U.S. institutions and organizations have pledged to take action to attract more U.S. students by offering scholarships, designing new programs, and expanding partnerships with U.S. institutions.
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Paul Turner, a higher education specialist with more than 25 years of experience in China and Hong Kong, has been named the new IIE East Asia Regional Director, overseeing both IIE's Beijing and Hong Kong offices. For the last 10 years, Mr. Turner served as the Asia Pacific Director and Business Development Director for NCUK, a consortium of eleven British universities. Mr. Turner also helped to establish the Sino-British College, USST in Shanghai, which is the first degree awarding partnership between a single Chinese university and multiple foreign institutions.

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IIE Blog: Letter From Philadelphia—Remarks at a Model UN Conference
IIE President Allan E. Goodman writes about this year’s Ivy League Model United Nations Conference organized by University of Pennsylvania students and shares his opening remarks. — Opening Minds Blog

What's Hot in International Education Research?
An analysis of research published in 2011–2013 shows top publishers and topics of international education research over the last three years. The British Council produced the highest quantity of research reports, followed by IIE, and IIE ranked top book publisher. — IEAA.org

Which University Partnerships Should Be Prioritized?
A session on strategic alliances at AIEA’s annual conference looked at how to prioritize educational partnerships. IIE’s Daniel Obst began the session by sharing preliminary data from an ongoing IIE survey on university partnerships. — Times Higher Education

Cross-Border Partners ‘Key to Science Breakthroughs’
A new trend in scientific and technological collaboration is creating fresh funding opportunities for U.S. universities, but researchers "must be prepared to navigate a more complex array of regulatory requirements and cultural considerations." — University World News

International Students Bring Money, Skills and Jobs
International students contributed almost USD 27 billion to the U.S. economy in 2014, a 12 percent increase from 2013. The growth has been attributed to upper-middle-income economies and countries with large national scholarship programs. — University World News
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Conferences

June 20–July 2, 2015, in Washington, DC | Registration Deadline: May 29, 2015 | Contact

The annual EducationUSA Forum gives higher education professionals an opportunity to engage with the global EducationUSA network. Take advantage of the many opportunities to network with approximately 50 advisers from around the world, 14 regional educational advising coordinators (REACs), and U.S. State Department and IIE EducationUSA staff as they present latest regional and country-specific trends and tips for strategic international recruitment planning.
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May 17–20, 2015, in Bloomington, IN | Registration Deadline: April 14, 2015 

The annual Institute for Curriculum and Campus Internationalization (ICCI) of Indiana University Bloomington facilitates the internationalization of your campus or unit, curriculum, and/or individual course, to better prepare students to be effective scholars, practitioners, and citizens of the 21st century. This institute is open to all faculty, staff, and administrators of Research I universities and small, Liberal Arts, minority, and community colleges.
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Applications are open for undergraduate and graduate students in social sciences at the Graduate Institute of International & Development Studies in Switzerland. Meet international students, discuss with high-level practitioners from the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva, and attend academic lectures for 2 or 3 intensive weeks

June 22–July 3, 2015 | Apply by April 15, 2015
June 22–July 10, 2015 | Apply by April 15, 2015
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Deadlines
 
Proposal Deadline: April 24, 2015 | Learn More | Contact

The Language Training Center Program (LTC) is seeking proposals from U.S. Institutions of Higher Education to provide Foreign Area Officers (FAOs) with professional development and skills enrichment in regional and area studies. The LTC Program is a major initiative of the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO). Through a partnership between the Department of Defense and IHEs, the LTC Program has supported the language and cultural training needs of a wide range of DoD personnel, including military linguists, intelligence analysts, special operations forces, foreign area officers, and the general purpose forces.

The goal of this special initiative is to provide FAOs with advanced understanding and analysis of the most current regional security affairs, and the impact of regional activities on interagency and joint operations in a seminar forum by leveraging regional and area studies programs at U.S. institutions of higher education working with government and private sector experts to meet the existing and demonstrated training needs of DoD units, offices, or agencies. A technical webinar will be offered on March 30th at 3:00–4:00 PM ET.
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Application Deadline: April 15, 2015 | Learn More | Contact

The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) is recruiting twenty young leaders from academia, media, business, politics, and society with little or no experience with transatlantic relations for seminars and site visits in Washington, DC, and Berlin. This program is generously funded by the Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany with Funds from the European Recovery Program  and the Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy.
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Application Deadline: March 23, 2015 | Learn More | Webinar

The International and Foreign Language Education office of the U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce the Group Projects Abroad Program Short-Term Projects. This program provides grants to support overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor. A webinar will be offered on Thursday, March 5th, at 1:00 PM EST.
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Partnerships

The recently published "Joint Programmes from A to Z: a Reference Guide for Practitioners" presents an overview of all good practice in coordinating joint programs and major work done in the field. The guide, result of the JDAZ project, provides information on relevant issues relating to developing, establishing, and sustaining high quality international joint programs.

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Study Abroad

Younger students are more connected to their peers abroad as a result of greater educational mobility and new technology like Skype. Teachers can capitalize on these developments to increase the likelihood that these students study abroad in college. — Times Higher Education

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London tops the list for Google searches made by U.S. students relating to higher education, followed by Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh and Melbourne in Australia, according to a report released by the search engine in February. — Times Higher Education

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