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  • International Education and National Policymaking: How Does It Work?

    By: Zehra Mirza on Wednesday, September 21, 2016

    Ford IFP Alumna Saba

    International education is increasingly being viewed as a means to developing human capital and cultivating leaders that can drive change and progress, especially in developing countries. Fellowships, study abroad, global research and internship programs are examples of international education exchanges. Through an exchange of students and young professionals across national borders, these higher education opportunities provide access to relevant knowledge and skills necessary for having an impact of policymaking and for a career in public affairs.

    While the impact on recipients’ career and personal development is indisputable, evidence on the impact on the national public sphere, particularly in marginalized communities, has yet to be ascertained. How can international fellowship and scholarship programs influence policymaking? Can alumni of such programs foster change at a local, national, and global level by serving as key agents in government institutions?


  • Empowering Voices and Contributing to HER Impact

    By: Evgenia Valuy on Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    HER girls speaking at their secondary school graduation

    Over the past two years I have had the privilege of working on the pilot evaluation of the Higher Education Readiness Program (HER), an IIE initiative that provides secondary school pathways to underprivileged girls in Ethiopia. HER girls continuously inspired me with their hard work and determination to achieve their dreams. Here are some examples:


  • Show Me the Impact! IIE Report Provides Evidence that Higher Education Opportunities Lead to Social Change

    By: Mirka Martel on Wednesday, April 27, 2016

    IFP alumna in India with a child

    It is an exciting day at the IIE Center for Academic Mobility Research and Impact. We are releasing the first findings of our ten-year longitudinal study of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP). The report Social Justice and Sustainable Change: The Impacts of Higher Education contributes to research and policy dialogue about the potential long-term impacts of an international fellowship program like IFP.

    Unprecedented in its size and scope, the IFP Alumni Tracking Study explores the impacts of IFP on its more than 4,300 alumni, and the communities in which they live and work. This study has positioned IIE to be at the forefront of research that links higher education to broader social change.


  • Redefining International Education Through Non-Credit Education Abroad

    By: Ola Mahmoud on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

    There is consensus that international experience is an important component of a 21st century education.

    The good news: In addition to the increasing number of American students participating in for-credit study abroad, more and more students are also actively pursuing international experiential learning through a variety of non-credit education abroad (NCEA) activities.

    The not so good news: Despite NCEA becoming a mainstream option for students to incorporate both an immersive international and practical educational experience into their formal studies, and the importance that accurate and comprehensive NCEA data have in informing higher education institutions’ internationalization missions; NCEA has so far been vastly underreported and not fully understood.


  • Teach One, Reach All: The Multiplier Impact of Educating Girls and Women

    By: Rajika Bhandari on Tuesday, March 8, 2016

    Mihret is from a semi-rural area of Ethiopia where she passed her 10th and 12th grade national exams successfully. She is now studying at Adama University, pursuing her dream to be a doctor. In her own words: “In 7 years’ time, I will be a doctor and work in a hospital and save lives. I also plan to go abroad for a graduate degree and visit my country to help orphan children.” Mihret is one of a 100 girls in Ethiopia that IIE is helping stay on a pathway to success through the Higher Education Readiness (HER) program. HER is just one example of the Institute’s targeted approach to increasing female access to education and developing leadership skills. Last year alone, IIE-managed programs directly impacted the lives of 20,000 women and girls all over the world.


  • Measuring the Impact of Our Important Work

    By: Dr. Allan E. Goodman on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

    Music conductors shape the sound of their ensembles by setting the tempo, guiding phrases, and unifying performers. Doing these things well, however, does not guarantee the music sounds good. A strong performance, I believe, requires a conductor that is acutely aware of music’s potential to impact an audience. Such awareness influences how the conductor listens—her ear more in tune with the possibilities of the music.


  • What Do International High School Students Mean for U.S. Higher Education? Six Key Takeaways

    By: Christine Farrugia on Monday, August 24, 2015

    As nearly 1 million international students begin a new academic year at a U.S. college or university, another group of international students is likewise preparing for enrollment at a U.S. high school. As noted in IIE’s report, Charting New Pathways to Higher Education*, in fall 2013 there were over 73,000 international students enrolled in U.S. high schools, and of those, nearly 49,000 were seeking diplomas from U.S. high schools to help prepare them for admission to an American higher education institution.


  • Piecing Together Russian Student Mobility Trends: Research Data and Russian Practitioner Perspectives

    By: Ola Mahmoud on Monday, June 15, 2015

    A recent discussion on student mobility and the higher education landscape from a Russian higher education practitioner’s perspective had my research wheels turning. Meeting with the 2014 Fulbright Russian International Education Administrators (RIEA) Program cohort was an educational experience for me: specifically it taught me that mobility data doesn’t always tell us the full story, and that one has to always speak to colleagues in the field to fully understand the context of student mobility.


  • A New Open Doors for a New World

    By: Christine Farrugia and Rajika Bhandari on Friday, March 27, 2015

    The Institute of International Education has been collecting and disseminating comprehensive and reliable data on international academic mobility since the Institute was founded in 1919. For nearly 70 years IIE has been publishing this information annually as the Open Doors® Report on International Educational Exchange*.


  • International Education in the News: 19 Article Picks

    By: Sharon Witherell on Tuesday, December 2, 2014

    If you read the education news during the past two weeks, it was nearly impossible to miss the headlines: international students are coming to the United States in greater numbers, and they are going to more U.S. universities in more U.S. states. More than 1,000 news reports across the country and around the world announced the latest statistics and trends, illustrating the growing impact these students have on the U.S. economy and communities, on the institutions that host them and the American students with whom they live and learn, and on their home countries.


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