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IIE Opening Minds Blog
For over 100 years, IIE has been at the forefront of international education. The Opening Minds blog is IIE’s take on how this field continues to change. Here the Institute’s leaders will explore international educational exchange, global student mobility, institutional partnerships, international development, and other topics and trends that are shaping higher education around the world.
IIE announced it would provide grants to 59 Venezuelan students studying at U.S. colleges and universities to help them cover educational expenses. Due to Venezuela’s current political and economic instability, it has become increasingly difficult for Venezuelan students to pay for their education and remain enrolled in their degree programs.
Dr. Constantinos K. Coursaris, Associate Professor at Michigan State University, reflects upon his experience with the Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program (GDFP).
In partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development, the IIE-implemented Sustainable Higher Education Research Alliances (SHERA) program is proud to commemorate Kartini Day by reflecting on last year’s celebration, showcasing the role of women in shaping the science and technology (S&T) field in Indonesia, and organizing an event this year to highlight the important advances in Indonesia’s transportation sector and the role of women in leading these innovations.
Today, it is more important than ever for higher education institutions to foster a safe and reassuring environment for international students – both for the benefit of developing a global and inclusive learning environment and to effectively model diversity and collaboration for tomorrow’s global citizens and workforce. Terra Dotta CEO Brandon Lee provides recommended best practices to create a more supportive and inclusive campus environment for international students.
The president of Ethiopia, government officials, university representatives, and female students convened a forum in Addis Ababa to discuss the need to make Ethiopia's universities more welcoming and inclusive for women.
Santiago Castellanos Ojeda, a recent Emergency Student Fund grant recipient from Venezuela, shares how studying in the United States has shaped how he sees the world.
During a January visit to Ethiopia, Edith Cecil, IIE Senior Vice President, Government Programs; Susan Silveus, IIE Regional Director for the Middle East & Africa; and Ethiopia Abebe, Director, IIE Ethiopia had the honor of meeting with the President of Ethiopia, Her Excellency Sahle-Work Zewde, at the official palace in Addis Ababa to discuss IIE's work advancing educational opportunities for girls in Ethiopia and Liberia.
How should the field of international education evolve in the next 50 years? Attendees of the IIE Summit are invited to participate in the Story Corner, available at the IIE booth in the main exhibition hall on February 18th and 19th.
Study abroad is an excellent way to cultivate students as global citizens and help them engage with nuanced realities and questions. In this post, Dr. Carlise Wynne explores lessons learned from the University of North Georgia’s biannual, three-week student trip to Botswana and South Africa.
As artificial intelligence transforms consumer markers, Allan Goodman imagines what education abroad could look like a decade from now.
IIE is charting a path for identifying and preparing highly-talented displaced students for success as university students, providing a unique opportunity for universities around the world to partner with IIE to bridge the gap between displaced students and a university education.
Clare Overmann, Director of Higher Education Initiatives at IIE, explores the emerging role of the international partnership manager at colleges and universities. As higher education institutions continue to realize how important this role is, the international education community needs to share experiences and good practices, provide trainings and workshops, and work together to clearly define this nascent role.
Higher education institutions can play a key role in providing these desperately needed opportunities to help the most vulnerable youth continue their education. But what does it really mean when we say colleges and universities can play a key role in this endeavor? IIE PEER and AACRAO explored this and other questions during their Best Practices in Admitting Displaced ad Vulnerable Student Populations on U.S. Campuses workshop last month.
Women in Latin America face disproportionately high odds of experiencing maternal health challenges. With support from the MacArthur Foundation, IIE's Latin America and the Caribbean office is leading the Midwifery Training Scholarship and Capacity Building Program to strengthen the midwifery model and to improve maternal health in the country.
Celebrating our collective achievements in the field and looking ahead to the future this International Education Week
Support IIE this Giving Tuesday with #OneWordIIE! We’re raising money to send more U.S. students to study abroad!
International Education Week is November 12 – 16, 2018. Follow @IIEglobal and #IIECelebratesIEW2018 to learn more about our work to promote and to advance Access & Equity, Student Mobility, Higher Education in Emergencies, International Partnerships, and Scholars as Drivers of Innovation.
The Global Innovation Initiative (GII), a four-year grant program enabling U.S. and UK researchers to work closely with their peers in Brazil, China, India, and Indonesia beginning in 2014, supported 37 multilateral research collaborations, 21 of which were UK-led. The resulting partnerships focused on pressing global challenges such as the environment, food security, health, and urban development. Read on to learn about best practices in research collaboration across borders.
Vivek Mansukhani, Head of IIE India, ponders the future of the world of work and the role that higher education will play in preparing young people for a rapidly changing economy.
The world faces the greatest refugee crisis it has ever seen. According to the latest United Nations Refugee Agency Report, more than 68 million people have been forcibly displaced globally. Hear directly from professors and students about why it is essential that students impacted by the crisis have a chance to continue their studies.
Prior to the civil war in Yemen, only three Yemeni received IIE-SRF fellowships. Yemen is now the source of the 5th most IIE-SRF grantees.
Dr. Allan E. Goodman, President and CEO of IIE, shares his thoughts on the life and times of the late Senator John McCain.
Just as colleges and universities are increasingly globally connected these days, so are many local organizations. For an institution looking to expand its global reach, looking to nearby organizations can yield some great results. Dr. Mandy Hansen, Director of Global Engagement and Senior International Officer at the University of Colorado, Colorado Spring (UCCS), shares some of the outcomes from productive partnerships her school developed within the local Colorado Springs community, and best practices that can be applied by schools more broadly.
One of the most basic aspects of studying abroad, securing a place to live, can also be the most challenging. Familiarizing yourself with some of the potential risks and the options out there is a wise move before selecting housing for your stay. Read on to learn more about what to be aware of in the housing market landscape for international students studying in Europe.
Many sectors are changing rapidly in the face of technological innovations and social transformation, including higher education. Change does not always need to be feared and if leveraged the right way, could ultimately be a force of good, Dr. Allan Goodman writes in a new post on IIE's Opening Minds blog.
The Washington, D.C., public school system made history when it was the first to adopt a system-wide effort to send 8th and 11th-grade students abroad through fully funded scholarships. More than 1,000 students have since gone abroad since the program launched in 2016 to great success.
When Lily Clarke received a Fulbright grant to study in ethnomycology and community-managed forests in Nepal, she found that her education continued well beyond her field of study.
IIE is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 IIE Photo & Impact Story Contest! In March, we asked current and past participants of IIE-managed programs to submit their photos and impact stories that demonstrated power of international educational exchange.
In recognition of the first ever International Chart Day, celebrated in the nation's capital on April 26, 2018, IIE team members walk the reader through IIE's history of data visualization and chart making. Learn about best practices in creating accurate, compelling and interpretable data visualizations.
USAID's U.S.-Egypt Higher Education Initiative (HEI) is leveling the playing field for Egyptian women studying business and STEM. IIE shares success stories from the HEI STEM and MBA Scholarship for Women.
Due to internationalization efforts in recent decades, colleges and universities are prepared to welcome globally mobile students to an unprecedented degree. They must capitalize on this capacity to assist the millions of displaced students whose educations have been disrupted in the refugee crisis, Dr. Allan E. Goodman, President and CEO of IIE, writes in a new blog post. Providing access to postsecondary education for refugees and displaced people worldwide is key to helping them rebuild their lives and societies strained by war and conflict.
Fulbright programs can help internationalize campuses of all category and type, from community colleges to research universities. IIE's Senior Advisor to the Fulbright Scholar Program, Dr. Maria de los Angeles Crummett, shares lessons learned from a panel discussion at the 2018 AIEA conference.
Virtual exchange makes connections between students in far-flung corners of the globe a reality, writes Mohamed Abdel-Kader, Executive Director of the Stevens Initiative at the Aspen Institute. The Stevens Initiative connects students from the United States and Middle East.
With the dizzying array of new technologies available, it can be a challenge to decide which fits best for your needs. Samantha Martin, CEO and founder of Via TRM, offers some suggestions on how to make technology work for you.
Grant McPherson, Chief Executive of Education New Zealand, discusses the importance of personal connection in an increasingly tech-focused world.
Jeremy Coats, Foundation Programs lead, discusses the importance of including more indigenous people in biocultural exchange with Diana Hernández Hernández, an English teacher from Oaxaca, Mexico, who attended a Textile Arts conference in Peru through IIE's Indigenous Biocultural Exchange Fund (IBEX).
Peggy Blumenthal, Senior Counselor to the President at IIE shares her thoughts and discusses research findings on international student participation in U.S. higher education.
As higher education becomes more globally competitive, more countries are seeking to gain an edge by internationalizing their higher education sectors. In this blog, Chelsea Robles, a Research Specialist at IIE, explores this phenomenon specifically as it relates to Brazilian students, and shares findings from our recent study, Higher Education and Student Mobility: A Capacity Building Pilot Study in Brazil.
IIE CEO and President, Allan Goodman, shares his thoughts on the disruption of postsecondary education in the lives of displaced or refugee youth, and how IIE is working to discover and implement solutions.
Since 2013, IIE has carried out a longitudinal tracking study that explores the personal and professional trajectories of IFP alumni. Andrea Brown Murga, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at IIE, shares her perspective on the subtle and complex ways a fellowship program like IFP can make a difference.
In this blog post, IIE's Executive Vice President, Jaye Chen, shares her thoughts on the activities and successes of U.S. Department of State’s TechWomen program.
Celebrate International Education Week with IIE! Today's theme is Work with IIE, and this post from our Chief of Institutional Development, Jonah Kokodyniak, details five ways to do just that. Read and share how IIE's global team of experts can help you harness the power of international education.
Since 2002, IIE's Scholar Rescue Fund has assisted 726 scholars from 58 countries, 116 of whom have been placed in Jordanian institutions, including Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST). In this post, IIE's CEO and President, Allan E. Goodman, shares reflections on SRF and the role that Jordan in particular has played in preserving scholarship and thus, a human foundation upon which Syria and other conflict ridden countries and territories can rebuild.
IIE is a proud supporter of International Education Week, November 13-17, 2017. Share with students these 10 Great Reasons to Study Abroad, brought to you by Generation Study Abroad.
IIE is a proud supporter of International Education Week, November 13-17, 2017. Join the celebration by sharing the impact of international education exchanges in your life and the world.
Tracy Waldman, from IIE's Corporate Programs team, walks us through how IIE's global team works together to execute some of the world's most prestigious and exciting corporate scholarship programs.
2017-2018 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Darriel McBride reflects on the journey that brought her to South Africa.
Gretchen Cook-Anderson, from Generation Study Abroad commitment partner IES Abroad, shares why she'll for attending the IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad in Washington, DC.
In a new blog, IIE's President and CEO, Dr. Allan Goodman shares his advice to incoming international students to U.S. universities.
From Damascus to Rhode Island: Salve Regina University rising senior Araz Khajarian shares how she managed to earn a scholarship that would bring her to safety.
On Monday, June 5, NYIT and IIE hosted a summit on Global Education in New York, featuring Allan Goodman as the keynote speaker.
IIE team members will be presenting during the NAFSA 2017 Annual Conference & Expo in Los Angeles. Find out where IIE's booth is located (#1211), and which topics IIE team members will cover during the concurrent sessions and poster fair.
In 2013, IIE launched the Higher Education Readiness (HER) pilot program for under-served girls in Ethiopia. Four years later, IIE's Center for Academic Mobility Research and Impact has documented the profound effect the program has had on its participants.
IIE’s team of experts put together a list of 11 actions to take this month to encourage international students to make the U.S. their first choice
Recently in Bangkok the International Association of Universities (IAU), the UNESCO-based association of higher education institutions, held its 15th General Conference that takes place every four years. The focus of the conference was to exchange strategies and practices that demonstrate how HEIs contribute to innovation and sustainability.
We are seeing that through our collective impact, the Generation Study Abroad network is making steady progress to reach our goal of doubling study abroad by the end of the decade.
Chinese students account for a third--the largest proportion--of the more than one million international students on American campuses across the country. There are over 34,000 Chinese students in American high schools, and many others coming for summer camps and in “bridge” programs.
Experiential learning is an emerging trend in U.S. higher education, and I learned at the conference that our global peers throughout the world are also utilizing experiential learning in their educational programs to further the development of key sectors, academic fields, and professional skills.
Georgia's Minister of Education and Science, Aleksandre Jejelava, is embracing what I consider a more positive educational nationalism–-a drive to internationalize higher education institutions, faculty and student bodies.
This August, 36 young women pursuing undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from universities across India and China completed the first year of the WeTech Qualcomm Global Scholars Program, an exciting new initiative made possible through Qualcomm’s support.
The WeTech program is a set of innovative activities that provides training and builds networks for girls and women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) across the world. For the past three years, WeTech has opened up new life possibilities for young females, preparing them for and connecting them to STEM opportunities.
At the Institute of International Education’s Annual Gala this week in New York City, IIE presented seven Fulbright alumni with the inaugural IIE Global Changemaker Awards in celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Fulbright Program.
While the impact of international education on 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?
Each year on August 13th, Tunisians celebrate National Women’s Day. For many, it’s a day to acknowledge what they have achieved for women’s rights, while recognizing and continuing to fight the many challenges that still exist against gender equality.
This summer, four American University graduate students traveled to Cuba to conduct an evaluation of IIE’s Cuba International Academic Partnership Program as part of a faculty-led group project. This collection of short observations highlights how each team member also grew personally from the experience.
The month of July is a rainy one for Ethiopia. For IIE and the graduates of the Higher Education Readiness program, however, the 28th of July stands out as a bright and remarkable day where we got together to celebrate 100 girls who successfully graduated from high school and the HER program.
Since its inception, IIE has sought out ways to support students and scholars in need when their home countries were in times of war or internal discord. Today, the Scholar Rescue Fund is answering this call by encouraging universities to provide scholarships to qualified Syrian students and offering funding to host institutions that offer temporary positions for Syrian scholars.
International partnerships cannot be strategic in a vacuum. Rather, their significance and “strategicness” is tied to the overall strategy and goals of the institutions involved.
The philanthropy sector in mainland China is young but growing fast, and IIE is constantly developing new initiatives to address the needs of this burgeoning sector.
We had the opportunity to represent IIE and U.S. higher education at the G7 International Higher Education Summit last month in Tokyo. Through our roundtable dialogues, meetings, and presentations several key insights rose to the top as the current trends and challenges facing global academic mobility.
Learn how one administrator addressed the exchange imbalance between and American university and its French exchange partner with a number of creative solutions.
The report "HER Initiative to Lead Change: The Power of Education" shows how IIE is making a difference in Ethiopia, affecting the lives of the next generation of women and contributing to their academic and personal success.
In my remarks at the British Council's "Going Global" Conference, I noted how ironic it was that the only surviving piece of paper that contains something written in Shakespeare's own hand is a scene about refugees.
Through programs like ACE for Women’s Leadership and Higher Education Readiness (HER), IIE harnesses the power of international education to address major challenges facing the world today.
On April 29th, I sat on the 12th floor of IIE’s New York Headquarters, humbled to be a part of the 2016 Scholar Rescue Fund Forum, "Scholar Voices and University Action." Surrounding me were highly accomplished individuals from education, human rights and government sectors, paired with persecuted scholars from all around the globe, each with a story to tell and a profound determination to make an impactful change.
It’s impossible to create meaningful, lasting university partnerships without having a basic understanding of the historical and political context that surrounds the U.S.-Cuba relationship.
With the increasing pace of internationalization of higher education, there are concerns that there may be negative aspects to internationalization as universities in developing countries import curricula, systems and quality assurance frameworks from the established world.
This book gathers some of the most confusing things about our education system as well as the culture surrounding it, and then tries to explain it from the viewpoint of someone encountering it for the first time.
Show Me the Impact! IIE Report Provides Evidence that Higher Education Opportunities Lead to Social Change
Today we are releasing the first findings of our ten-year longitudinal study of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP). The report contributes to research and policy dialogue about the potential long-term impacts of an international fellowship program like IFP.
As special as the US-UK relationship is, I learned that in some quarters there are very special things happening at the forefront of science, medicine, and teaching that makes Europe special too.
Students are re-defining what it means to study abroad. Through IIE’s Open Doors® report, we know that more than 22,000 American students participated in non-credit work, internship, and volunteer abroad (WIVA) activities in 2013/14.
Despite overall progress at the global level, persistent education gaps and challenges remain in many developing countries. As you read this, there are still 62 million girls out of school globally.
This year's APAIE Conference was the biggest ever, and although Australia was a long way even for some of us in the rest of Asia, universities, NGOs and international education experts from across the globe gathered to find common cause and mull over the issues facing our sector.
Over the past two weeks, the Institute has been asked to make a series of presentations on how higher education can respond to the current refugee crisis. As has been true in the past, the Institute is seen as active on the front lines when there are higher education emergencies, where students and scholars need to be helped and rescued.
Perhaps education has for too long been looked at as a panacea for the world's problems, however this role as “catchers” is one that we should rally around as central to our vocation as educators.
This past September IIE joined the Clinton Foundation and the Brookings Institution’s Collaborative for Harnessing Ambition and Resources for Girls’ Education (Girls CHARGE)--a collaboration of over 50 companies, civil society organizations, multilaterals and governments all committed to improving learning and leadership opportunities for young women and girls globally.
The University of New Hampshire joined us as a Generation Study Abroad partner, aiming to increase from about 750 students currently studying abroad to 1,500. This is part of the UNH Global 2020 strategy aiming to make international learning and experience central to education.
IIE-SRF’s recently announced partnership with Finland’s Centre for International Mobility (CIMO) is the beginning of a trans-Atlantic cooperation that will better serve scholars from Iraq and Syria displaced from their homes by war and violence.
Just about 300,000 U.S. students study abroad each year. Yet, only about 5% of those going abroad are African American. Finances, family support, and fear of the unknown are some of the reasons why African Americans and many underrepresented students don’t think of studying abroad.
Read about five distinguished alumni of scholarships managed or administered by IIE whose international experiences gave them the courage and knowledge to forge new discoveries and change the world.
It is widely recognized that without an educated generation of future leaders, the rebuilding of Syria will be impossible. Additionally, we know that as millions of Syrians settle – potentially permanently – in Europe, North America, and parts of the Middle East-North Africa region, education presents an important alternative to crime and radicalization. These realities have led to a substantial increase in international programming to support higher education opportunities for Syrian refugees.
Building Strategic International Partnerships: The 18th Annual Colloquium on International Engineering Education
This year's Colloquium brought together representatives of more than 100 universities, including over 25 foreign institutions, that are currently training the next generation of global engineers, as well as NGO and government leaders to examine topics related to engineering education and preparing students for the engineering workforce.
In a powerful commentary piece in Times Higher Education, Keeping the Doors Open to International Students, Rajika Bhandari, IIE’s Deputy VP for Research and evaluation, noted that “the release of this much-awaited annual data was tragically book-ended by the terrorist attacks in Paris and by statements from several governors in the U.S. declaring that they would close the doors of their states to Syrian refugees because one of the Paris attackers posed as a refugee.”
On Friday Dr. Allan Goodman visited the Cal State University campus in San Bernardino (CSUSB. The university president, Dr. Tomas Morales, had invited Dr. Goodman to speak at a symposium that day on International Education. He and many others during the day expressed that what happened on Wednesday made the need for international education and exchange even more important. So far six of the school's Alumni have died as a result of the terrorism.
A few months ago I was asked to join a forum in Southeast Asia to discuss what role higher education has to inculcate civic literacy and values in the students who pass through the university system.
IIE has devoted the entire issue of the newly released IIENetworker to an exploration of impact and relevance. Articles look beyond what is happening and how toward a deeper exploration of whether international education matters and why.
On October 19th, IIE Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) supporters and guests celebrated the art and work of IIE-SRF alumna Jumana Jaber at a reception at IIE’s headquarters in New York City.
Zina Ammar grew up in Gafsa, Tunisia, where she learned how to make the region’s famous Margoum carpets from the women in her family. Zina eventually started her own carpet-making business. Hoping to grow her business, Zina enrolled in Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Financial Education trainings at the Women's Enterprise for Sustainability (WES) Center for Women’s Business Development in her community.
As E. M. Forster illustrates in the novel with the same title as this blog, India is full of contradictions. You cannot help but notice and hear how big the country is becoming.
Here in Germany it is clear that they cannot take all refugees traveling their direction, or even all that have already arrived. It is also clear that Angela Merkel is in real trouble for trying, and that the Germans in the higher education space want their country to lead the way in helping.
Over 600 Commitment Partners of IIE’s Generation Study Abroad gathered to discuss progress on their commitments and how to move their actions forward to our shared vision of doubling by the end of the decade.
A delegation led by the Institute of International Education (IIE) visited Cuba on October 24–31. Our group represented 12 schools across the spectrum of American higher education interested in institutional partnerships and Cuba as a destination for study abroad.
As the European Union copes with a continuing financial crisis and growing pessimism over European integration, the Erasmus Programme has proven surprisingly resilient. Since its inception, it has expanded to more than 4000 participating education institutions in 33 countries offering mobility opportunities for more than 4 million people.
International experience used to be a “nice-to-have” criterion in a graduate’s resume. Today, it has become one of the most important components of a 21st century education. Many new studies show a direct impact of study abroad on creativity, cognitive ability, and student success. In addition, studies show that study abroad plays an important role in developing a global mindset and skills necessary to succeed in the workforce. Below are studies showing the value employers place on international experience and whether a graduate’s career prospects actually improve as a result of this experience.
The Institute of International Education (IIE) recently hosted a special meeting on “Alumni Engagement: Methods and Strategies for Engaging Returning Students,” as part of its regular series of Global Education Diplomatic Network meetings, which brings together education attaches of embassies and consulates and related organizations.
Two years ago this month, IIE launched a new program to help women and girls enter and succeed in tech careers. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton introduced WeTech on stage at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) annual meeting in 2013. WeTech is a consortium of private sector and NGO partners that designs and supports a series of innovative activities to provide training, build networks and offer professional opportunities across the world.
In most higher education discourse today it is not unusual to hear the claim that the world’s center of gravity is shifting toward the East. Indeed, no region has undergone as profound a transformation as Asia during the past half-century, from the 1970s to the present.
K-12 teachers and administrators can have a huge impact on the direction of their students’ lives.
The presence of diploma-seeking international students in high schools is beginning to shift the landscape of international student recruitment for U.S. colleges and universities.
IIE has seen a lot change in the landscape of international higher education institutional partnerships. Not only has there been a quantitative increase in the sheer numbers of collaborations worldwide, the focus of these partnerships is now also shifting towards mutually beneficial, strategic partnerships.
Roughly 15 months after IIE launched the Generation Study Abroad initiative, it’s time to take stock. Are we making progress? Can we achieve our goal of doubling study abroad by the end of the decade?
Germany hosted this year’s G7, along with the summit we convene in conjunction with the G7 each year on the internationalization of higher education. This year’s summit theme was “International Higher Education Cooperation: Bridges in a Time of Crises.”
With all the recent talk about the decrease in foreign language enrollment in the United States, I thought it would be worthwhile to look at some concrete examples of real career paths that began in a language classroom.
‘No Ordinary Days: A Journey of Activism, Globe-Trotting, and Unexpected Pleasures,’ by Susan Sygall
Anyone concerned with promoting wider participation in study abroad by students with disabilities, or anyone who just needs some encouragement to keep facing hard challenges head-on, should rush to read Susan Sygall's terrific personal memoir, No Ordinary Days: A Journey of Activism, Globe-Trotting, and Unexpected Pleasures.
Our engagement with Myanmar began two years ago when IIE led the first major delegation of U.S. colleges and universities to the country to meet with key academic and government stakeholders.
IIE is now raising funds to assist with their transition to university, and we invite you to lend your support by making a donation by June 15.
Piecing Together Russian Student Mobility Trends: Research Data and Russian Practitioner Perspectives
I had the opportunity to present and discuss global student mobility trends based on data from the Project Atlas® and Open Doors® research initiatives. Here are five takeaways from my conversation.
U.S. student enrollment in foreign-language studies is declining for the first time in 20 years and just at a time when we need more Americans who are able to speak the languages and understand the cultures where they are visiting, studying, and may possibly work someday.
Participants of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) taught me a great deal about the world we share, and they came from places I thought I would never have the chance to visit.
Studying abroad was never something I planned on doing. I knew such a thing existed, but to me it existed in a realm of things I didn’t perceive as meant for me. I was a first generation college student.
As part of IIE's Higher Education Readiness (HER) program, which provides young women in secondary school from underserved communities with a pathway to university, our team in the Addis Ababa office is organizing inspirational speakers to meet with the girls several times each semester.
Although the concept of workforce development has been around for a long time, it has recently gained prominence in the field based on several factors in the ever-evolving state of the global economy. Here is what I have learned about the impact of international education on global workforce development.
Neglecting academic needs during and after armed conflict raises the risk of failure once peace is restored—with security implications for the rest of the world. What can the academic community do to help?
To gain additional parental support for ongoing education of the HER girls, the IIE Addis office recently held two HER parent meetings, one at each of the high schools.
Recently over 3,000 people gathered to roam the cyber halls of the inaugural Virtual Study Abroad Fair hosted by the State Department, College Week Live, and the Institute of International Education. We hope that these interactions that started off through virtual booths, video conferencing, and instant messaging turn into genuine experiences of cultural exchange.
Chadleya Idriss participated in the WES entrepreneurship training and worked closely with the WES Center staff to conduct market research on the toy industry in Tunisia.
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.
As part of IIE’s Higher Education Readiness (HER) program, which provides young women in secondary school from underserved communities with a pathway to university, our team in the Addis Ababa office is organizing inspirational speakers to meet with the girls several times each semester. The speakers are Ethiopian women who have, despite challenges in their lives, become leaders in their field.
Today, women make up 12 percent of all computer science grads. Just three decades ago, they represented 37 percent. They’re half the workforce, but hold only a quarter of technical or computing jobs.
My Town engages thousands students from around the world in interactive, competitive projects, that encourage students to explore aspects of their own towns and cities while learning about towns and cities of their peers.
In the following post I’ll dig a little deeper into some of the unique features of Southeast Asia, which I hope those unfamiliar with the region will find useful, interesting, and perhaps a prompt for if or how to be invested in this unique area of the world.
IIE is excited to announce that an additional 100 girls were awarded IIE’s Higher Education Readiness (HER) scholarship. These 11th grade girls (fifty each from Fitawrari and Addis Ketema schools) should be proud of their accomplishments.
In my remarks at the opening of the 31st Ivy League Model United Nations Conference (ILMUNC) organized by University of Pennsylvania students, I spoke about a high school teacher of mine and a national debate competition and their profound impact on who I have become.
It is expected that a minimum of 6,000 Brazilian scholarship students will be in-program at U.S. institutions at any given time. While there have been a number of unique keys to success of this program, we have learned five general lessons during its rapid growth that we hope can advise other programs seeking to scale up.
According to Entrepreneurship Education and Training Programs Around the World—Dimensions for Success, entrepreneurship is the largest single source of new job growth in both developed and developing economies. Therefore, a few weeks ago I was thrilled to see this idea in action when I attended the Eastern European regional finals of Get in the Ring, which took place in Sofia, Bulgaria.
About a month ago in Brussels, the Global Platform did something equally remarkable: it gathered, for the first time, representatives of NGOs, multilateral agencies, governments, and universities for a two-day expert seminar on Higher Education in Emergencies.
Last year, pilot programs called the Falcon Scholarships Administered by the Rhodes Trust were instituted for China and the United Arab Emirates. It has been my privilege to serve as the chair of the latter selection committee.
While 50 percent of American college students intend to study abroad, less than 10 percent actually do.
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.
The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) is the annual Davos for educators that the Institute helped to create in 2009 for the Qatar Foundation. Each year over a thousand educators, corporate leaders, and government officials attend to discuss how we can make what we do better.
This year's CIEE annual conference addressed the three Cs that are making it hard for our students to study abroad: Cost, Curriculum, and Culture. It was my privilege to speak at the luncheon, which was then devoted to working groups to come up with ideas on how to reduce obstacles in each area.
IIE joins with AACRAO, NACAC, and NAFSA in sharing with our members the following guidance, as each institution implements policies and practices related to Ebola and other global public health concerns.
I was seated between Stephanie and Christine and asked them about their experiences and challenges teaching in secondary schools in rural Malaysia. They had all the right answers about adjustment, transformation, and service that we hope goes with being a Fulbrighter and with being part of Generation Study Abroad.
Despite the great achievement of doubling U.S. study abroad over the past fifteen years, there has been a marked slowing of the growth in study abroad over the past five years. We need to do better.
Addressing the Challenges of Global Youth Unemployment: How Alcoa Foundation is Closing the Gap Between Manufacturing Jobs and Talent
The Global Internships for Unemployed Youth program aims to increase the employability of youth in the manufacturing sector and to increase the pool of talent available to small- and medium-sized manufacturing companies.
On Monday, September 22, 2014, His Majesty the King of Spain began his first official visit to the United States since his proclamation to the throne in June. We were honored and thrilled King Felipe selected the Institute of International Education (IIE) to be his first U.S. public appearance.
This question—What Will it Take To Double Study Abroad?—is the theme of IIE’s fall 2014 IIENetworker. The new magazine features 14 articles covering high-potential areas of growth in study abroad, including community colleges, STEM programs, and co-curricular programs.
Following their 10-day voyage across the United States while aboard the Millennial Trains Project’s (MTP) second cross-country journey, five Fulbright non-U.S. Students met with IIE’s President, Allan Goodman, U.S. Department of State staff, and IIE staff for a lunchtime storytelling session.
Htoo Htoo Wah is the head of the English Department at the Myanmar Institute of Theology, a leading Christian higher education institution in Myanmar. After spending four intense weeks as a visiting scholar at Northern Arizona University, he had a moment to reflect on his experience of U.S. higher education.
In 2010, the JB Fernandes Memorial Trust partnered with IIE to conduct a feasibility study on Trinidad & Tobago’s NGO sector and explore how the Trust could support the sector. Research findings concluded that, while many local nonprofit organizations are well-developed and thriving, the sector lacks appropriate national visibility and needs more training.
In the middle of June, when the team at the Institute’s Scholar Rescue Fund realized we were facing a third Iraq emergency—as well as requests for help from scholars in many other parts of the world—Senator Leahy of Vermont reminded us why we do this work.
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This category of the IIE Blog comprises the entire IIE Green Paper, “What Will it Take to Double Study Abroad?” separated into a list of blog entries. We invite you to add to the discussion by commenting on one or more of the 11 Big Ideas.
In an op-ed in the New York Times about the world’s coolest places, columnist Nick Kristof writes that travel can also be an education, a step toward empathy and international understanding. At IIE, we couldn't agree more.
Zuriel Oduwole, a 12-year-old American girl of Nigerian and Mauritian descent, started the Dream Up, Speak Up, Stand Up program to inspire girls in Africa stay in school and get the best education they can.
Launched in 2012, IIE’s research center is now changing its name to the IIE Center for Academic Mobility and Impact. While IIE continues to be at the forefront of applied research on international student mobility through Open Doors and Project Atlas, our Center’s work has expanded rapidly to studying the impact of international higher education programs.
Last month, the President of Brazil announced that the Federal Government would provide an additional 100,000 scholarships for Brazilian undergraduates to participate in the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, which enables them to study during their junior year in the United States and other countries.
Fulbright was much in the news in Madrid last week for winning Spain's equivalent of a Nobel Prize—the 2014 Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation.
James King, Senior Research & Program Officer at IIE Scholar Rescue Fund, was in Reyhanlı in Turkey’s southernmost province to meet with Syrians whose university education and academic work had been interrupted indefinitely due to the conflict in their homeland.
What Entrepreneurship Educators Should Know: Lessons from the Price Babson Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators
Price Babson Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators (SEE) is one of the leading training programs for entrepreneurship educators. As a participant in SEE 34, I had the pleasure to collaborate, brainstorm, and learn from and with 59 other educators from 13 different countries.
With the Millennium Development Goals nearing their deadline, the development sector has been rife with speculation about what the post-2015 development agenda will look like and what role, if any, higher education should play in this future outlook.
I would like to highlight the ways in which your contributions—in the form of 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.
Our team has great commitment to the important mission of international education, in-depth understanding of global primary and secondary education, and most importantly, incredible passion for the professional development of K-12 educators
A team of us spent part of last week in Jerusalem to present the 10th IIE Victor J. Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East. You can read about this year's winners.
Recently, it was my privilege to join IIE colleagues Mark Lazar and Daria Housman to attend the graduation of New York University Abu Dhabi's first class.