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Among the proud graduates of Addis Ababa’s high schools this week, 100 extraordinary girls have a special reason to celebrate. These girls—50 from Addis Ketama High School and 50 from Fitawrari Abayneh High School—have overcome significant obstacles to complete secondary school, with the help of special mentoring and financial and academic support from the Institute of International Education’s Higher Education Readiness Program (HER). They are the first group to take part in the HER program, which IIE launched in 2013 to provide girls in Ethiopia with pathways to university. IIE announced today that it has secured additional funding to help enable them to continue on to university.

The families, teachers and mentors of the students, along with IIE representatives from Addis Ababa, New York City and Washington, DC, gathered at the graduation ceremonies on June 27 to celebrate the girls’ accomplishments. The graduation event was sponsored by Enat Bank SC, GIZ, School of Tomorrow, and Coca Cola.

IIE welcomes expressions of interest from potential partners who wish to advance the goals of the HER program. For further information, please contact HER@iie.org.

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The new Women’s Enterprise for Sustainability (WES) program website is available in English and French and highlights the work we are doing in collaboration with local partner organizations to support women entrepreneurs to launch and expand businesses in Tunisia. It includes a program overview, showcases WES entrepreneurs, and provides direct links to WES Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn pages where updates will appear on a regular basis.

Designed by IIE’s Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives in San Francisco, WES is funded by the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) of the United States Department of State and implemented in collaboration with Tunisian women-focused civil society organizations.
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Ten young journalists from nine developing countries worked in newsrooms across the United States for five months in 1985 as the second group of Alfred Friendly Press Fellows. One of these Fellows, I. Rajeswary of Malaysia, is pictured here. The late Mr. Friendly, former managing editor of The Washington Post, established and endowed the program in 1983, with the cooperation and support of participating news organizations. Based first at IIE, the program is now freestanding. Read more on page 16 of IIE’s 1985 Annual Report.

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Pew Research Center analysis looks at growth in various academic departments. More than half of U.S. doctoral degrees in engineering and computer and information sciences are conferred to international students. — NBC News

The visit revives what were once strong academic links. According to IIE President Allan Goodman interviewed for the article, the university sector has often led bridge-building initiatives between countries "before full diplomatic relations have been restored." — BBC

Balance of Power Tilting Toward China - Asia University Rankings 2015 Results
Japan has 19 universities in the prestigious top 100, down from 20 last year; mainland China now has 21 representatives, up from 18. — Times Higher Education
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Conferences

November 22–25, 2015, in Niagara Falls, CA | Early Registration Deadline: July 15, 2015

CBIE conference for international education professionals and stakeholders from around the world brings high quality speakers and sessions and representation from 40 countries and 800+ delegates. CBIE is ideally positioned to promote Canadian international education by mobilizing expertise, knowledge, opportunity and leadership. This year’s theme is "Global Engagement: Crossing Borders, Connecting Generations."

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Fulbright

Application Deadline: August 3, 2015 | Awards Catalog

Every year U.S. scholars in a wide variety of academic disciplines teach and conduct research at educational institutions and non-profit organizations across Sub-Saharan Africa. U.S. Embassies in the region contribute to the program through their direction of an extensive network of scholars and share their expertise with colleagues and students.

In addition to accomplishing their grant-specific goals, Fulbright Scholars often build lasting relationships that serve as the foundation for on-going projects and other interactions on the personal and the institution level.

Among the work of grantees in previous years is:
  • Solidifying affiliations between home and host institutions in the U.S. and Africa
  • Creating non-profit organizations with African colleagues
  • Training and curriculum development during and beyond the grant term
  • Developing U.S. student study abroad and exchange opportunities in Africa
  • Mentoring African students to apply for opportunities in the U.S
Highlights

Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in water and sanitation engineering, energy, civil engineering or environmental science. Provide tutorials, supervise student projects and advise students. Assist with developing curriculum and host department research capacity. Develop institutional linkages and expand partner network.

Africa Regional Research Program: AIDS and AIDS-Related Research & All Disciplines
Research opportunities in up to three countries within Sub-Saharan Africa. Proposals in any specialization are to focus on AIDS and AIDS-related issues as they impact Sub-Saharan Africa, involve collaboration in host country or countries, include seminars or workshops and indicate plans for research dissemination in host country or countries as well as in the United States.

Madagascar: All Disciplines
Teach and research at University of Antananarivo with particular interest in the fields of American Literature and American Studies. Scholar may be given the opportunity to travel to Northern Madagascar and provide support to the University of Antsiranana's Department of Anglo-American Studies through consultations, or workshops.

Ghana: Law
Teach undergraduate and graduate law courses in any of the following areas: business, constitutional, environmental, human rights, intellectual property, investment, jurisprudence or public international. Assist with moot court, brief writing and student tutorials. Collaborate with faculty on curriculum and graduate program development. Scholars may also conduct research in their area of specialization.

Provide courses and lectures in journalism and broadcasting to students, practitioners and faculty. Topics to be covered can include: reporting, ethics, new media, writing for online sources and news editing. Conduct research in area of specialization.

Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in business administration, economics or finance. Assist with curriculum development and faculty training.

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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Partnerships

The Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange seeks a dynamic and politically savvy Executive Director, who is a passionate advocate for educational and cultural exchange. The Alliance’s next leader must be a seasoned professional who is effective on Capitol Hill and is able to work with senior State Department officials, while leading a small but talented staff. As the voice of international exchange, the Alliance promotes the growth and impact of exchange programs and the effectiveness of its members by engaging in advocacy, providing member development opportunities, and building public awareness of the power of exchange.

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Study Abroad

Submission Deadline: July 15, 2015 | Learn More | Contact

In a bold effort to double the number of U.S. students who study abroad by the end of the decade, the Institute of International Education, in partnership with the New York Times in Education, is seeking 1-3 minute digital submissions from study abroad returnees that demonstrate how study abroad gave them an edge, the impact it had on their life and the world, and how reading the New York Times helped them navigate, enhance, or make sense of their experience.

Two winning digital stories will be selected and highlighted in the New York Times in Education, IIE’s Generation Study Abroad website, and across social media. Additionally, the winners will receive:
  • An iPad
  • $1,000
  • A trip to Washington, DC, to attend the IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad on October 1- 2, 2015 as a "Generation Study Abroad Voice"
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On October 1-2, the IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad will feature 4 high‐level plenary debates, 20 solution‐oriented sessions, 2 think tanks, and networking opportunities to inspire new solutions to increase and diversify study abroad participation. The Embassies of Brazil, New Zealand, Norway, and the United Kingdom will host networking receptions for the conference participants.

IIE has a special negotiated rate for accommodation with the Grand Hyatt for Summit participants. The group rate discounted hotel rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve base. The Summit’s headquarter hotel is conveniently located in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of downtown Washington, DC. A variety of public transportation options from nearby airports are available to and from the hotel, including convenient DC Metro access from the lobby.

Book today!
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Scholar Rescue Fund

In the recent IIENetworker magazine, Kenneth M. Holland writes about partnerships with Ball and Kansas State Universities and several universities in Afghanistan, which helped connect Afghanistan’s education sector with its private sector, contributing to growth of a free market economy. Holland also shows how these partnerships produced valuable research, teaching, and service opportunities in both directions. "The successful partnerships ... demonstrate the value and need of international funding to support higher education linkages," writes Holland.

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