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Asia: The Next Higher Education Superpower? critically examines recent trends driving higher education policies in Asia and explores their local and global impact. Featuring an impressive group of leading scholars, practitioners, and education policy experts these chapters look at how governments, universities, the private sector, and international organizations are meeting the diverse challenges and opportunities across the region. This volume is edited by Rajika Bhandari, IIE's Deputy Vice President for Research and Evaluation, and Alessia Lefébure, Director of the Alliance at Columbia University and Adjunct Professor at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. It is the ninth volume in the Global Education Research Reports series published by IIE and the AIFS Foundation.

"The center of gravity in higher education is perceptibly shifting to Asia where more than half of the world's population is found. This thought-provoking book raises new questions about interconnectedness and interdependence in higher education with the Asian factor fully in focus."
— Anne Pakir, Associate Professor, National University of Singapore

"The rise of Asia has been a big theme of the global university rankings in recent years, with data showing some outstanding progress by a number of key universities backed by exceptionally generous funding and strong political will. But questions still remain about the true potential of Asia's universities and whether they can truly break the Western hegemony—so this book comes at a very important time."
— Phil Baty, Editor, Times Higher Education World University Rankings

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May 1, 2015 | Register Today!

On October 1-2, 2015, the inaugural IIE Summit will bring together Generation Study Abroad commitment partners in Washington, D.C. to highlight their progress and create positive new solutions. The Summit 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. The Embassies of Brazil, New Zealand, Norway and the United Kingdom will host networking receptions for the conference participants.

The Summit will bring together hundreds of participants and speakers, including senior level leaders from diverse sectors. Summit participants will include U.S. and non-U.S. higher education institutions, the K-12 community, foreign language community, study abroad organizations, education associations, private sector corporations and foundations, student ambassadors, the U.S. Department of State and other U.S. government agencies; and foreign government partners, including Ministries of Higher Education and Human Resource Development.

  • Programming and Media Partners: Asia Society • British Council • CAPES • Education New Zealand • European-American Chamber of Commerce • New York Times in Education • Norwegian Embassy • STA Travel
  • Lead Sponsors: American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS) • IES Abroad • University of Dayton
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This Guidebook is designed for U.S. universities and colleges interested in building partnerships with Russian institutions of higher education. By providing examples and best practices from successful U.S.-Russian university partnerships, this book will help academic professionals anticipate challenges and solve problems together with their Russian counterparts. Topics covered by the book include an overview of the Russian system of higher education, an analysis of motivations for creating a partnership, step-by-step guidelines for finding a partner, examples of partnership models, and an outline of how to finance a partnership.


Please help the Higher Education Working Group to gauge the effectiveness of this Guidebook and assess the needs of universities for developing US-Russia partnerships: Take this brief survey.

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IIE’s Beth Garriott urges more engagement of young women in tech and engineering. "When we close the door to opportunity—especially opportunity in the sector that is the engine of modern economic growth—we all suffer," writes Garriott, who is senior program officer for WeTech in IIE’s Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives. "In sixteen countries, 33 organizations have been funded through the WeTech Seed Fund to inspire girls through technology."

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To address gender equality in science, engineering, and medicine, the New York Stem Cell Foundation’s  Initiative on Women in Science and Engineering (IWISE) brings together leading women and men in these fields. The IWISE Working Group published a paper in Cell Stem Cell that recommends seven actionable strategies for advancing women scientists, engineers, and doctors, and enabling them to excel and truly thrive in their fields. The seven strategies put forward were developed at the inaugural meeting of the IWISE Working Group and focus on actionable initiatives. 

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A new survey shows that U-Multirank, the new multidimensional ranking of universities, is facing skepticism among some universities about its reliability. — University World News

During a summer internship placement as a Brazil Scientific Mobility Program grantee, Caio Guimarães developed a prototype of the lamp, which he now hopes to adapt for use in Brazil. — SciDev.Net
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Conferences

Keep an eye out for IIE Staff visiting the "Big Easy" for the Diversity Abroad and the Forum’s annual conferences. 

Lindsay Calvert, Director of the Gilman International Scholarship Program, will present on scholarships for underrepresented students and strategies for creating access. Lee Rivers, Assistant Manager for the Fulbright Program, will present on creating partnerships for advising. 

IIE Staff, including Randi Bulter, Jody Dudderar, Lisa Mayorga, Wagaye Johannes and Lora Seery will also be holding a workshop on IIE administered scholarships at Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. This advisor workshop will discuss scholarship programs administered by IIE and provide program overviews and advising tips for grants including the U.S. Department of State's Gilman Scholarship and Fulbright Student and Scholars Programs, IIE’s Generation Study Abroad and the National Security Education Program's Boren Awards. Register by March 16.

Lindsay Calvert, Director of the Gilman International Scholarship Program, will present on scholarships for underrepresented students and strategies for creating access. Wagaye Johannes, Project Director for Generation Study Abroad, will present on disability inclusion.
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Deadlines

Application Deadline: March 25, 2015 | Contact

IIE has been invited to nominate five candidates for the Chinese Government Scholarships under the umbrella of Generation Study Abroad to support one year or more of study in a Chinese university. The award provides full tuition and room/board at designated universities in China, along with in-country travel and other incidentals, but not including international airfare. Candidates may apply for a year of general studies and/or Chinese language study, or for a 2-3 year Master’s Degree (taught in English or Chinese), plus 1-2 years of prior language preparation if your Mandarin is not sufficient to pursue a Master’s degree taught in Chinese. Interested students should contact Alyssa Yeng, ayeng@iie.org, as soon as possible for application details and specific instructions.
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Proposal Deadline: April 24, 2015 | Learn More | Contact

The Language Training Center Program (LTC) is seeking proposals from U.S. Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) 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) and administered by IIE. 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 assistance webinar will be offered on March 30, 2015, 3:00–4:00 PM EST. To register for the webinar or for questions regarding the solicitation, please email LTC@iie.org.
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Study Abroad

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is pleased to announce STA Travel as the official travel provider of the Generation Study Abroad initiative. 

STA Travel will make a contribution to the IIE Study Abroad Fund for each trip booked through STA by students from Generation Study Abroad commitment partner institutions. In addition to contributing funding for scholarships to the IIE Study Abroad Fund, other commitments by STA Travel include providing sponsorship support and promotion of IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative, as well as added travel benefits for commitment partner institutions in order to make travel and study abroad more affordable for students.
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