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Nomination Deadline: August 3, 2015 | Nomination Details | Contact

The IIE Kaufman Prize recognizes that international education is more critical than ever to promoting international understanding and seeks to honor those who have taken it upon themselves to promote the cause.

The Prize will honor a national leader or public official for his or her work in promoting and developing international education at the tertiary level. Such efforts may include, but are not limited to, the following activities:
  • founding study abroad programs or international institutions of higher education
  • facilitating the exchange of international students for the purpose of mutual understanding
  • developing policy that increases the potential for study abroad
  • aiding threatened scholars to escape persecution
Created in 2009 by IIE’s Board of Trustees in honor of the 90th Anniversary of the Institute’s founding, the Prize recognizes Dr. Henry Kaufman, IIE’s Chairman Emeritus, for over 30 years of outstanding service as a Trustee of the Institute.  Previous Prize Recipients include Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil, and Fasli Jalal, Vice Minister of National Education to the Republic of Indonesia. The selection will be made by a jury comprised of members of the Institute’s Board of Trustees and chaired by Dr. John Sexton, President of New York University.
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IIE Deputy Vice President Daniel Obst writes in University World News about new opportunities for academic partnerships in Iran as diplomatic relations with the United States begin to thaw. Obst participated in an IIE-led delegation of U.S. higher education leaders to Iran, meeting with counterparts from Iranian universities and research institutes. "Universities in both countries are looking to form partnerships to enable the exchange of students and faculty and advance joint research," writes Obst. "We hope our efforts will serve as a catalyst for sustained higher education partnerships that will encourage cooperation and understanding between the United States and Iran."

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Tineka Lebrun, Boren Outreach Officer with IIE, gives concrete examples of real career paths that began in a language classroom. "Amanda Wheat combined her years of Spanish and interest in environmental studies to learn Portuguese and the nuances of climate politics in Brazil on a Boren Fellowship," writes Leburn. Amanda is now a climate change specialist at USAID.

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With seed funds from the World Bank Group, several African nations have launched the Regional Scholarship and Innovative fund to help bridge Africa’s skills gap and build capacity in key sectors, such as food and agriculture and health. — World Bank Group

Report suggests that men may be more responsive to goal-oriented rather than experience-oriented messaging about study abroad. — Times Higher Education

Alessia Lefebure, co-editor of Asia: The Next Higher Education Superpower, describes Asian higher education transformation and growth in the past 15 years and urges U.S. institutions to embrace the changes taking placing "in the whole playing field." — Evolllution.com

Texas Christian University’s Jane Kucko discusses her IIE Heiskell Award-winning Global Citizenship program, which uses virtual reality to interact with students and scholars from countries that currently have U.S. State Department warnings or alerts. — The PIE News

This new paper explores IIE’s origins in 1919, and in particular the imperative of its founding director Stephen Duggan to position the United States as a beacon of educational exchange during the interwar period. — Political Geography
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Conferences


With almost 640,000 students registered for UK study through transnational education (TNE) routes, predictions that TNE would be the most substantial growth element for UK HEI’s international recruitment are coming true. Transnational Education: Maximising Opportunities and Delivering Impact is a one-day national conference, organized in partnership between Universities UK and the UK HE International Unit that will examine the key issues for the sector and for your institution. Join the conference to learn where the opportunities are and understand how to maximize your institutional impact.
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September 1–3, 2015, in Dubai, UAE | Learn More | Contact

Join the EducationUSA network for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Forum. This Forum is designed to be both a training opportunity for the 30 EducationUSA advisers in the region as well as a networking and learning opportunity for representatives of accredited U.S. institutions of higher education. As a higher education participant in this event, you will learn about student mobility trends and recruitment opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa. The Regional Forum will also allow you to update the advising network on pressing issues in the internationalization of U.S. higher education.

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October 20–22, 2015, in Quito, Ecuador | Learn More | Contact

The Conference of the Americas on International Education (CAIE) invites universities and supporter entities to join the first Inter-American Fair on Doctoral Programs and Research.

Objectives of the Inter-American Fair: 
  • Harness the greatest number of potential participants for doctoral programs at the "course provider" (i.e. host) institutions;
  • Promote the training of par excellence human resources as required by HEI in the region- so as to strengthen high-level research;
  • Learn about different forms of finance that are available for doctoral training programs;
  • Foster collaboration alliances among various HEIs and participating organizations, which promote scientific and technological development in the Americas.
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Deadlines

Three new 100,000 Strong in the Americas grant competitions will begin accepting applications this summer. On July 15, two competitions will be announced, one focused on U.S. community colleges and Colombian SENA Centers, and the other exclusive to partnerships between Puerto Rican and Latin American institutions. On August 3, a second ExxonMobil-sponsored round will be announced, with higher education institutions in the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Guyana, and Mexico eligible to apply.

Sign up for the Innovation Network to be among the first to learn when the competitions open.
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Fulbright

Application Deadline for Most Awards: August 3, 2015 | Apply Now

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries for the 2016-2017 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. In addition to several new program models designed to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals, Fulbright is offering more opportunities for flexible, multi-country grants through enhanced global and regional awards.

Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to learn more about the nearly 600 core Fulbright U.S. Scholar opportunities in a wide range of disciplines by visiting the online Catalog of Awards, browsing the regional or discipline highlights, or by participating in one our webinars, including regional virtual advising sessions to help demystify the application process and answer any other pressing questions applicants may have. For eligibility requirements and other program information, please visit our website.

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

Deadline: July 31, 2015 | Contact

Now is the time to renew your IIENetwork membership, which will allow you to continue to take full advantage of the many resources IIE offers. IIE membership renewal forms for the 2015/2016 academic year have been sent by email to the membership contact at each member institution. If you have not yet renewed your IIE membership, please take a moment to complete your renewal by June 30.

IIENetwork is IIE's membership program, with over 1,300 member institutions around the world. Each membership designee is an important link in a network of over 7,000 individuals with a commitment to the internationalization of their institutions. As an IIENetwork member, you benefit from international education publications, resources, discounts, and sharing best practices. IIE's offices around the world work closely with members to assist you in accessing IIE's expertise and information on the many programs for which your students and faculty may be eligible.

As an IIENetwork member, your campus will receive complimentary copies of our valuable print resources, including the Open Doors report, the IIENetwork Handbook for International Educators, the IIENetworker magazine, and more. You will also be able to access members-only data on www.iie.org, receive member discounts for IIE's International Academic Partnership Program, and your IIENetwork membership ensures that you are eligible to nominate the innovative programs at your campus for the 2016 IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards.

You can renew your membership, update your designees, and pay the membership dues for your institution online. For more information on how to renew online, visit www.abdi-ecommerce10.com/iiemembership. If you need an invoice, or for more information, please email membership@iie.org.
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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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The IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad on October 1-2 in Washington, DC, will feature 4 high-level plenary debates, 20 action-oriented sessions, 2 think tanks and many 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 session schedule is now available on the IIE Summit website.




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Scholar Rescue Fund

Application Deadline: August 3, 2015 | Learn More | Contact

IIE's Scholar Rescue Fund announces its next round of applications from scholars facing threats to their lives or academic work. Fellowships support temporary academic positions at colleges, universities, and other research institutions anywhere in the world where the scholars can continue their academic work in safety. Professors, researchers, and public intellectuals from any country, field, or discipline may apply. Please refer eligible candidates and forward this announcement to any academic colleagues who may be interested.

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