July 21, 2014
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A new report published by the Institute of International Education, "Charting New Pathways to Higher Education: International Secondary Students in the United States," provides comprehensive analysis on the more than 73,000 inbound international students who come to the United States for high school and what the trends mean for higher education enrollments and recruitment. The findings on high school student mobility complement the data that IIE releases each year on international college and university students in the United States in the annual Open Doors report; both reports are produced with the support of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The new IIE report looks closely at where the students come from and where they study—with breakdowns by U.S. state and types of schools. It provides narrative analysis and data tables that compare specific numbers and trends for international students at the secondary level with those for international students in higher education in the United States.

"While secondary school students from around the world have been coming to the United States on high school exchange programs for many years, IIE’s new analysis shows that the number of students who enroll directly in U.S. schools to earn a U.S. high school diploma now significantly outnumbers those who are here on exchanges," said IIE’s Deputy Vice President for Research and Evaluation, Rajika Bhandari. "This is a remarkable finding, and one which has implications for U.S. higher education."

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The Institute of International Education (IIE) and its Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis is pleased to share with you a report recently published on the conditions and educational needs of Syrians university students and scholars in Lebanon. "The War Follows Them: Syrian University Students and Scholars in Lebanon," is based on first-hand research and interviews conducted in Lebanon in March 2014 through a joint effort by IIE and the University of California, Davis. The report identifies:
  • Barriers Syrians face in accessing higher education in Lebanon
  • Existing programs and support models that are working
  • Recommendations for increasing Syrians’ access to higher education
The crisis in Syria continues to have a devastating impact on professors, university students, and the education sector, not only in Syria but also in the neighboring countries that are hosting so many displaced Syrians. With support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, IIE and the University of California, Davis have teamed up to conduct fieldwork in the front-line hosting states of Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey to look at the impact, implications, and possible solutions for the Syrians and their host communities. 

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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.

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One-quarter of all scientific papers now have co-authors from two or more countries, according to the National Science Foundation, yet higher-education observers say that joint efforts of university international and research offices are uncommon. Karin Fischer writes for the Chronicle of Higher Education about the difficulties faced by universities to increase these efforts and shares about a few institutions embracing strategies to foster greater cooperation.

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