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Jim Miller, Director of the Iraq Scholar Rescue Project of IIE's Scholar Rescue Fund, was interviewed for an article in today’s Inside Higher Ed about universities under threat in Iraq during recent conflicts between Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants and Iraqi government forces. In the last two weeks, IIE has received applications from 17 Iraqi scholars seeking temporary visiting lecture posts abroad—"and that’s just the ones who have been able to reach us," Miller said. The Scholar Rescue Fund has more than 250 fellowship grantees there.

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Want to know exactly how your contributions advance IIE’s mission? A recent blog post by Jonah Kokodyniak, Deputy Vice President of Strategic Development at IIE, explains how your unrestricted gifts are "directly helping students and scholars in danger, increasing access to education and training for women and girls, and providing more American students with opportunities to study around the world."

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IIE Sub-Saharan Africa signed a bilateral agreement with Ambassador Berhane Gebre-Christos, State Minister of the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on May 2, 2014. The agreement signifies IIE-Ethiopia's compliance with the Ethiopian law of executing regional programs and confirms the Ethiopian government's full support to IIE-Ethiopia's regional activities throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. 

State Minister, Amb. Berhane Gebre-Christos said that the government is willing to cooperate with IIE and support its activities. He also expressed appreciation for IIE's ongoing support and partnership with Ethiopia in many areas, including building university partnerships and enhancing public sector leadership, youth development, leadership development, higher education programs, and agriculture. 
 
IIE- SSA has regional program activities in more than 14 Sub-Saharan African countries through NYUAD and African Centers of Excellence (ACE) for Women's Empowerment programs.
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An article in University World News by Matt Krupnick discusses the potential role of massive open online courses (MOOCs) in elevating developing nations. "Advocates say the MOOC could bring quality instruction to poverty-stricken places where university attendance is little more than a fantasy," writes Krupnick. "But critics worry that the largely Western-style courses could equate to a new form of imperialism."

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An article in SciDev.Net reevaluates the "brain drain" debate, questioning whether the exodus of educated Africans is actually detrimental to Africa’s development. According to the article, "In a world of ever-increasing connectivity, mobility, and international collaboration, migration is not one way—knowledge and skills circulate."

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Peter N. Stearns shares in the Chronicle of Higher Education several "dos" and "don’ts" on how to make a university more international, based on his 14 year role as provost of George Mason University. The first: "Don’t be afraid to take some risks in advancing global education, which also means you have a willingness to accept some disappointments."

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Conferences
 
February 15-18, 2015 | Washington, DC
Proposal Deadline: August 15, 2014 | Proposal and Conference Details
 
The Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) has released a call for proposals for the 2015 AIEA Conference. All session proposals should be targeted to Senior International Officers (SIOs) and relevant to the 2015 theme, "Leading Global Learning: Envisioning New Paradigms."
 
The following subthemes for the 2015 conference are strongly encouraged:
  • The Senior International Officer (SIO) and Campus Leadership
  • Diversity and Global Learning
  • The SIO and Accountability
  • Technologically-Facilitated Global Learning
  • Global Responsibilities
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Thursday, October 2, 2014, 9:30 AM–4:30 PM | New York City 

The United States is the world’s leading destination for international students and immigrants. However, many countries are now competing for the same talent. While the United States remains attractive to many individuals, the pathways to education and employment are often complicated and difficult to navigate. The WES 40th Anniversary Forum will explore how policymakers, universities, businesses, nonprofit organizations and local communities can effectively respond to the competitive environment for global talent.

Key Discussions Include
  • Trends Shaping Global Talent Mobility and Policymakers Responses
  • Implications of Immigration/Policy Reforms and Their Impact on International Student Recruitment and Immigrant Integration
  • Addressing the Challenges and Creating Pathways and Advancement Opportunities for Global Talent
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Deadlines

Deadline: July 25, 2014 | Update/Add Your Listing Today

The Institute of International Education is currently preparing the 2015 edition of its annual directory Funding for United States Study: A Guide for International Students and Professionals, the print companion to IIE's online search engine www.FundingUSstudy.org.

With more than 1,000 grant and scholarship listings, Funding for United States Study is the most comprehensive directory on locating funding for study in the United States. It features detailed descriptions of grants, fellowships, and scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study, and doctoral and postdoctoral research in the United States. All basic listings are free of charge and provide an excellent opportunity to publicize your institution's programs.

How to Update/Add Scholarship Listings:
For institutions whose listings appeared in the previous year's directory, we ask that you verify and update your listings and contact information or add new listings.

Institutions whose listings did not appear in previous years' directories can add scholarships or grants that are available for international students.

Funding for United States Study is a trusted resource for international students seeking study in the United States. It's proven to be an effective forum to showcase U.S. campuses to this community. Advertisers include community colleges, public and private universities, and undergraduate and graduate programs, many of which may be recruiting the same type of students your institution seeks. Rates are affordable and some prime positions remain. For additional details, contact Jeff Bunkin at Naylor, LLC, at 352.333.3342 or via email at jbunkin@naylor.com.

With questions, please contact jgrosh@iie.org.
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November 1–3, 2014 | Doha, Qatar

New Application Deadline: July 7, 2014 | Application and Workshop Details

The Qatar Foundation’s World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Program for Education Leadership will hold its fourth annual workshop in Doha, Qatar from November 1 – 3, 2014 and is currently accepting applications. The goal of the WISE Program is to enhance leadership skills for new university presidents and emerging higher education leaders from developing countries.

Applicants must fulfill all of the following criteria in order to apply:
  • The applicant must be a Vice Chancellor, Rector, President or chief executive officer at the university. The applicant must not be a subordinate official.
  • The applicant must represent a higher education institution in a developing country
  • The applicant must have assumed their current leadership position on or after January 1, 2013
The World Innovation Summit for Education was established by Qatar Foundation in 2009 under the patronage of its chairperson, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. WISE is an international, multisectoral initiative for creative thinking, debate, purposeful action and empowerment through education. Through ongoing programs and the annual Summit, WISE is a global platform for promoting collaboration and new approaches toward building the future of education.

If you are a current university president, vice-chancellor, rector, or other chief executive officer, or you would like to nominate someone to participate in the 2014 WISE Program for Education Leadership, please download the application and send, together with the applicant’s bio and CV, to nup@wise.org.qa by July 7, 2014.
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Fulbright

Many of today’s leading educators and administrators are building and strengthening ties with their counterparts in Europe and Eurasia.The Fulbright Scholar Program offers a number of ways to support and expand these efforts.Americans can use the many All Discipline Awards offered through the Core Program to work in countries such as, but not limited to, RussiaArmeniaGeorgia, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia. Fulbright offers both financial support and the prestige associated with the U.S. flagship international educational exchange program.Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to learn more about core Fulbright U.S. Scholar opportunities by visiting the online Catalog of Awards or joining the MyFulbright Community. The application deadline for most awards is August 1, 2014. Further, there are numerous opportunities to host scholars from abroad through the Core Program, the Scholar-in-Residence Program and the Outreach Lecturing Fund. Thinking strategically, thinking globally should include thinking about Fulbright.

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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September, 26–27, 2014 | London
Early Registration Deadline: July 16, 2014 | Registration and Event Details

Registration is now open for USA College Day London 2014. In its 37th year, USA College Day is the oldest and largest fair of its kind in Europe. The event, hosted by the US-UK Fulbright Commission, typically attracts 3,500+ visitors and over 150 exhibitors.

College Day provides a cost-effective way to reach thousands of prospective UK students at one time. Tuition and fees tripled at UK universities for 2012–13 and beyond, and interest in studying at U.S. universities is on the rise. The number of students taking admissions tests in the UK has increased by 25 percent in the last three years, and the number of College Day attendees has more than doubled since 2009. With interest in U.S. study at an all-time high, 2014 is a unique time to recruit UK students.

If you are interested in your institution having a presence at this year’s event without attending as an exhibitor, you may wish to consider promotional opportunities, such as placing an advertisement in the event brochure. For more information on these options, please email collegeday@fulbright.org.uk.
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Application Deadline: August 4, 2014 | Application and Position Details

The Board of Fulbright New Zealand is now seeking to appoint their new Executive Director to provide national and international strategic and operational leadership to this dynamic organization. Reporting to the Board and based in Wellington, the Executive Director will be responsible for ensuring Fulbright NZ achieves its mission "to further mutual understanding between the people of New Zealand and the United States."

Key to the role will be a commitment to excellence and the ability to effectively lead a small professional team in achieving the organization’s goals, along with the personal motivation, energy, and passion to ensure quality underpins all activities and interactions. Sound operational experience, combined with a mind-set of continuous improvement, is needed to ensure systems and processes are optimized to support the multiple programs and awards offered by Fulbright NZ. Experience with fund-raising, business development and marketing activities, political nous, an entrepreneurial flair and financial acumen are important attributes needed for this role. As the Executive Director is the ‘public face’ of Fulbright NZ, with a high profile among diverse stakeholders, the successful candidate will need to have outstanding interpersonal, public speaking, written and verbal communication skills.
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Partnerships

New Application Deadline: July 7, 2014 | Application and Program Details

If your institution is seeking to develop strategic institutional partnerships with higher education institutions in Colombia, please consider applying for IIE's International Academic Partnership Program. IIE’s Center for International Partnerships is pleased to announce the Colombia international partnership initiative for the 2014-2015 cycle. In order to accommodate the July 4th holiday week, IIE has extended the application deadline to July 7, 2014.

Following five years of success, the International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP) will again guide a select a group of U.S. higher education institutions over the course of a year in strategic planning activities focused on implementing partnerships with counterparts in Colombia. Since 2009, IAPP has engaged over 100 U.S. higher education institutions in comprehensive, year-long programs aimed at increasing the number of partnerships between U.S. higher education institutions and their counterparts abroad. Past participants have increased faculty exchanges, implemented strategic partnership plans, and expanded study abroad offerings. If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact Morgan Clark at mclark@iie.org or visit www.iie.org/iapp.

Program Information
  • Application Deadline: Extended to July 7th, 2014 
  • Program Cycle: August 2014–July 2015 
  • Study Tour to Colombia: February 2015 
Program Cost: IIENetwork Members $12,500/Non-members $14,000 (This includes all in-country costs for one representative from your institution to travel on the IAPP study tour, not including international airfare.)
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An article in Northern Illinois University’s NIU Today shares about recent visits by NIU faculty members to Myanmar to help train their counterparts in developing university international offices. The training is seen as an essential step in supporting international partnerships and economic development in Myanmar.

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IIE Member Announcement

The University of Rovira i Virgili (URV) in Spain, elected a new rector on May, 13 2014. Josep Anton Ferré, professor of Fluid Mechanics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, will replace Francesc Xavier Grau, who held the post of rector of the University from 2006. Mr Ferré’s mandate will last for four years, and he can stand for a second consecutive four year term.

URV made several rankings this year for the first time, including the Times Higher Education One Hundred Under Fifty list (66th) and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The URV is also leading the list of most cited articles among the Spanish universities, according to the Leiden ranking. This ranking measures the scientific impact of worldwide universities and their scientific collaboration. The URV is placed 180 among 750 universities in the world, and 82 in Europe.

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Study Abroad

The outcomes from IIE’s Generation Study Abroad Think Tank, have been documented in the IIE green paper, "What Will it Take to Double Study Abroad?" This paper lays the foundation for an ongoing discussion around how to increase the number of students studying abroad in the short term and to shift the paradigm over the long term. We encourage you to share your insights and best practices with the community by commenting on the 11 Big Ideas outlined in the paper.

Idea 4: Use research strategically and more practically
There is a wide range of research available, but validity and quality of the data vary, and the research is often conducted by and for the benefit of the international education community alone. Findings should be articulated in ways that researchers, faculty, senior administrators, policy makers and business leaders can understand.

Share your insights and best practices on this topic: Submit a comment on our blog.
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Application Deadline: July 11, 2014 | Application and Scholarship Details

As a Generation Study Abroad commitment partner, Sias International University has generously offered to provide up to 100 scholarships covering full tuition for one semester or one academic year for students from Generation Study Abroad commitment partner institutions in the United States. Sias International University is an accredited liberal arts institution located in China’s historic Henan Province. Offering more than 76 undergraduate programs and a diverse population of internationally recruited faculty, Sias International University provides students with strong academic training and a competitive edge in the global economy. 

Institutions can apply to receive up to five scholarships for their students and must demonstrate a willingness and ability to cost share for their students’ travel and housing expenses. Institutions must also explain how the Sias scholarship will help them expand their Generation Study Abroad commitment and how the institution will reach out to potential student applicants. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 11, 2014. For additional details and the Generation Study Abroad Member Institution application, please visit the Resources for Commitment Partner Network webpage and login with your Generation Study Abroad credentials. If you have questions or are unsure of your login details, please contact Nikki Davis at ndavis@iie.org.
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ICEF Monitor speaks with Mirac Ozar, Director of the International Office at Ozyegin University, in an interview about Turkey’s efforts to become a regional hub for higher education. The number of international students in turkey has surged in the past few years, which according to ICEF Monitor, are the result of "a coordinated and collaborative national branding project called ‘Study in Turkey.’ "

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