Press Release

IIE's 2012 Top Twitter Picks for International Higher Education

NEW YORK, December 12, 2012—Twitter has become a major source of news on all kinds of topics—from the Arab Spring to all things Lady Gaga (the most-followed celebrity with over 32 million followers). Now, international educators can also count on Twitter as a source for news and views on cross-border higher education, study abroad, university rankings, exchange programs, foreign languages, and other developments in the field. Twitter has also become an excellent source of information on deadlines for scholarship programs, events and conferences, and new publications and reports.

In the past year, IIE has improved and expanded our own @IIEGlobal Twitter feed—focusing on international education news and topics that we think are important and relevant to our work and yours. In the process of ramping up our own Twitter presence, we discovered that we have a few favorite feeds of our own. So we decided to publish our first annual list of what we consider to be among the best feeds in international higher education. If you follow these 35 feeds and read them daily, you will be quite well informed professionally. The celebrity feeds are up to you.

Note: This list is somewhat heavy on U.S. organizations and individuals. We welcome suggestions on other excellent feeds—especially those with international higher education news and views from other countries and regions. Send your suggestions to @IIEGlobal.

Allan Goodman
Allan Goodman has been tweeting his interesting and insightful comments actively this year. No, we are not showing an overt bias by listing IIE’s president first—it just happens that his name starts with an “A”.

Alliance Exchange
The Alliance for International Educational & Cultural Exchange, the public policy voice of the U.S. exchange community, tweets about policy issues related to international education in the United States.

Ann Stock
The best feed on U.S. cultural diplomacy and international exchange is brought to you by Ann Stock, the Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The latest news on cross-border higher education, including twinning, franchises, dual- and joint-degree programs, and branch campuses, from Boston College's Center for International Education.

DAAD North America
This feed from the New York office of DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) focuses primarily on research collaboration and academic exchange with Germany.

David Comp
Working in international programs at University of Chicago Booth School of Business and as study abroad research consultant, David publishes the International Higher Education Consulting blog and has a finger on the pulse of all things int’l ed.

The European Association of International Education's feed features news and updates on international ed topics with a focus on Europe.

EducationUSA Updates
EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State-supported network of advising centers around the world. Their tweets cover financial aid and campus news updates from U.S. colleges and universities specifically for international students.

The online community of the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Friends of UNAOC
Friends of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations supports UNAOC in bridging cultures and promoting people—especially youth—working together in education, migration, and media.

Fulbright Programs
Everything you need to know about Fulbright, the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, including deadlines, news and events

Excellent feed of articles, news and commentary on a wide range of international higher education topics from the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Curated by Kris Olds, co-editor of the GlobalHigherEd blog (Global Knowledge/Spaces for the ‘Knowledge Economy’), this feed features news on globalization of higher education and research.

Global Universities
In the belief that international higher education improving lives through shared knowledge and understanding, Central Europe’s GlobalHE posts news and views about worldwide trends.

Going Global 2013
This is the official feed for the British Council's Going Global Conference 2013 in Dubai—it's a great feed on key policy issues in international education.

This is the Twitter feed for Inside Higher Ed's insight on international issues, maintained by Inside Higher Education editor and co-founder, Scott Jaschik.

International News
The Boston College Center for International Higher Education advances knowledge about the complex realities of higher education in the contemporary globalized world.

International Unit
The UK Higher Education International Unit focuses on issues of importance to UK higher education.

Jason Lane
Professor, scholar, author, speaker, Jason comments on internationalization, cross-border higher education, government planning and policy, institutional global strategy.

Karin Fischer
Chronicle of Higher Education reporter Karin Fischer on the internationalization of American higher education, global competitiveness, and colleges and the economy.

Kevin Kinser
A scholar of non-traditional education at the University at Albany's School of Education, Kevin tweets on global higher ed policy: multinational universities, and private and for-profit higher education.

New America's Education Policy Program develops ideas that advance the cause of equity, access, and excellence in education.

OECD Education
OECD work on education provides policymakers with the information they need to improve the quality of education worldwide.

The QS covers its World University Rankings, independent higher education research, and trend analysis in undergrad, postgrad and MBA education.

Studying Abroad
A fun and engaging Twitter feed on all things study abroad.

Study in the States
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Twitter feed for international students provides information about studying opportunities in the United States and international ed news.

The Pie News
An online news and jobs hub for Professionals in the International Education industry, PIE News features excellent news articles in international education.

The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education (OBHE) is a global strategic information service tracking trends and developments in borderless higher education.

Global higher education news, views and reviews from the UK's premier higher education paper.

An excellent feed on international higher education topics, UWN covers the whole world and frequently features articles on topics you don't find elsewhere.

World Education Services evaluates international credentials. Its Twitter feed features higher education news topics and WES information resources.

“Building the Future of Education”, the Qatar Foundation's World Innovation Summit for Education focuses on the big themes in education (and not just higher ed).

World Uni Rankings
This feed is the home of the QS World University Rankings. Follow them for the latest news, trends and commentary on university rankings and other international education topics.

Vangelis Tsiligiris
Vangelis leads a private college in Crete, Greece, publishes the daily “Cross Border Higher Education,” and recently completed a thesis on quality in transnational higher education partnerships.

Vivek Wadhwa
Vivek Wadhwa, an academic, tech entrepreneur and columnist, speaks and writes widely on a variety of public policy topics including the intersection of education, immigration, and innovation.


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