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Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser presented the WISE Prize for Education to Dr. Sakena Yacoobi at the seventh World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha, Qatar, organized each year by the Qatar Foundation. Michelle Obama also spoke at the opening ceremony about #letgirlslearn, a U.S. government initiative for adolescent girls to increase access to quality education. IIE has been a partner of the WISE initiative since its inception.

Read more about this year’s prize

Follow the WISE Summit, #WISE15

Application Deadline: February 15, 2016 | Read More | Contact

U.S.-based graduate students can now apply for two doctoral-level fellowships for study and research in China, provided by Hanban, a public institution affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education. The fellowships, managed in the United States by IIE, will begin in fall of 2016.

The newly launched Ph.D. in China Fellowship, part of the Confucius China Studies Program, will provide funding for U.S.-based students to enroll in and receive a degree from one of 15 participating universities in China in a China-related field in the Arts, Education, Humanities, or Social sciences. To be eligible, applicants must have a master’s degree by the fall of 2016.

Students who are pursuing their doctoral degrees at U.S. universities can apply for the Research Ph.D. Fellowship, which will support doctoral dissertation research in China for a period of one semester to two years. As with the first year of the CCSP Research Ph.D. Fellowships, IIE will manage the recruitment and review of fellowship applications for U.S.-based students. These two Fellowship programs are components of an array of scholarships and fellowships offered by Hanban to promote the growth of sinology and China studies and strengthen China’s international relationships.
IIE President Allan Goodman writes about a recent delegation from U.S. universities to several cities in Cuba to explore education partnership opportunities. "This was an opportunity for us to understand that Cuba is a country rather than a missile crisis or an embargo," writes Goodman. "There is a 400-year history and a narrative our students would benefit greatly from learning."

Last week, the U.S. Department of State and IIE welcomed 167 Humphrey Fellows from 90 countries to Washington, DC, for the Global Leadership Forum. The event, "Resilience in the Face of Climate change: A Global Perspective on Leadership," took place October 25–29 at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, VA, and featured prominent speakers who discussed climate change, women's empowerment, the current refugee crisis, and economic development. The Fellows also had the opportunity to give presentations on climate change and its effects on their various professional fields such as public health, human rights and journalism and economic development. These Fellows represent the 37th cohort of Humphrey Fellows and join an alumni family of over 5,000 around the world. 

The Humphrey Program provides year of professional enrichment in the United States for experienced professionals from designated countries undergoing development or political transition.

The following articles appeared in the New York Times, Education Life spread: "Around the World in 880 Days"

In these programs, students hop from country to country, earning an undergraduate degree in the process.

As globalization has made the world smaller, two-year colleges have gotten bigger. More than 5,000 students from 200-plus countries attend Houston Community College.

The fate of workers with advanced degrees from United States universities has become another spark in the contentious debate over immigration reform.
In the recent IIENetworker magazine, Darla Deardorff argues for a holistic approach to assessment that moves the focus away from the program and toward the learner. "The shifting paradigm views intercultural learning within the broader personal development of students," writes Deardorff. "Outcomes are not so much about results as they are about the process—the intercultural journey itself."

Events & Deadlines
April 28–29, 2016, at IIE Headquarters in New York City | Registration Opens Early 2016 | Contact

Convening partners from diverse sectors, the second annual IIE Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) Forum, "Scholar Voices and University Action," will address the urgent need to support scholars who have been silenced at home by censorship, violence, and other human rights abuses. IIE-SRF will dedicate the Forum’s first day to best practices among universities that are offering safe haven to scholars. The second day will give a platform to the scholars, who will share their experiences and discuss several of the key crises of 2015. It will also explore the role of the university in responding to higher education emergencies.
Nomination Deadline: February 1, 2016 | Download Form | Contact

The annual Victor J. Goldberg IIE Prize for Peace in the Middle East recognizes outstanding work being conducted jointly by two individuals, one Israeli Jew and one Arab Muslim, whether or not a citizen of Israel, working together to advance the cause of peace in the Middle East. The two individuals whose work is judged to be most successful in bringing people together and breaking down the barriers of hatred will share a $10,000 prize. Nominations may be submitted by the individuals themselves or by a third party. Nominations are due on February 1, 2016, and the winners will be announced in the spring.

The online applications for 2016 Whitaker International Program awards are now open. Administered by IIE, the Whitaker International Program provides funding for biomedical engineering and bioengineering students and post-docs to conduct a field-relevant activity abroad. All students/post-docs/junior faculty who are considering a period of study or research abroad are encouraged to apply.
April 3–5, 2016, in Atlanta, GA | Early Registration Deadline: February 1, 2016 | Contact

Join the Diversity Abroad community of professionals committed to access, inclusion and diversity in international education, for the 4th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference. The 2016 conference, "From Outreach to Support: Navigating Expansion and Inclusion," will take place at the JW Marriott Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia on April 3-5, 2016. The event will focus on developing effective partnerships to increase access and student success for diverse and underrepresented student populations in education abroad and other international programming.
Through the Fulbright Specialist Program, the U.S. Department of State is providing opportunities for U.S. professionals to share their experience on refugee resettlement and related issues with colleagues in the government and private sectors in Europe. These are 2-6 week assignments, with travel and per diem provided by the Fulbright Program. 

Eligible applicants include scholars and professionals across a range of disciplines and those who have had experience working with governments (local, national, international), educational institutions, and in complex humanitarian emergencies.

Current projects require Specialists with the following expertise: 
  • Refugee resettlement and migration issues
  • Peace/conflict resolution
  • Humanitarian assistance
  • Education, including multicultural education
  • Migration and security policies
  • Crisis management or disaster resilience
Projects Include:

Croatia: Collaborate with an NGO to advise the refugee crisis team on legal and policy matters. Activities include drafting policy proposals regarding the refugee crisis, and analyzing applicable international humanitarian law norms. 

Finland: Build host institution capacity and knowledge base in the field of international migration, refugees and migrant settlement processes through teaching, research seminars, conference participation, assessment of research networks, and institutional development.

Germany: Teach a graduate-level seminar in Urban Planning and American Studies and share research and experience in the area of refugees and urban planning. 

Greece: Share expertise in public administration and crisis management to provide assistance to the Mayor of Athens to support the implementation of a needs assessment and to set up a process to match refugees to available resources and to prevent informal refugee settlements. 

Iceland: Share expertise on psychological and social support for refugees to strengthen capabilities of social workers and others employed by municipalities.  

Interested applicants should contact Jared McCathren, Program Officer, Specialist Program, at FULSPEC@iie.org for a full list of available opportunities.
Proposal Deadline: December 4, 2015 | Learn More | Contact

IIE’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars (IIE/CIES) is pleased announce the opening of the application process for U.S. campuses to host cohorts of junior scholars from the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Iraq and the Fulbright Junior Faculty Development Programs (JFDP) for Egypt, Lebanon, and Tunisia. These programs are designed to equip scholars with the knowledge and tools needed to build the capacity of their home institutions and to advance the education of future generations. In addition, the programs lay the foundation for the junior scholars and their U.S. hosts to develop long-term institutional relationships and to identify areas of cooperation that can be sustained beyond the grant period.

IIE/CIES seeks U.S. institutions to implement the 10-week programs scheduled for June through September 2016 and invites institutions to submit a proposal to host a cohort of scholars in one of the disciplines outlined below for each program. Each cohort will include approximately four to six scholars.
To learn more about the programs and application process, please listen to this IIE/CIES-hosted webinar recording.

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.
Study Abroad
The IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad featured several sessions and think tanks highlighting the career relevance of education abroad. Employers report that graduates with international experience exceed other job candidates in almost every transferable skill that hiring managers are looking for. At the Summit, Ruth Ferguson—Head of Human Resources for Global Corporate and Investment Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch—stressed the importance of articulating these skills gained through study abroad in job interviews. Listen to her advice on how to talk about study abroad in an interview. 

Career readiness of college graduates has become an important issue in the workforce, and the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has recently identified seven competencies associated with career readiness. Many of these competencies are enhanced through study abroad.

Visit the IIE blog to read about eight recent studies showing how study abroad contributes to career readiness. A Student Guide to Study Abroad offers comprehensive advice on how to recognize and demonstrate global learning after studying abroad.



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