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 Support IIE | News & Events | Careers | Publications | MembershipJan 2011

Your New Year's Resolution

By Allan E. Goodman

Now, more than ever, higher education has a global mandate. As we begin 2011, our greatest challenges are global: climate change, epidemic diseases, cybercrime and violent extremism cannot be solved by or within a single country. Today’s students need to be able to work successfully across cultures and countries.

So what can you do? Make it your New Year’s resolution to take one step – large or small – to make an international experience happen.

If you are an educator, launch a new international program or policy this year, or take part in an exchange. If you are a student, go abroad, or start planning now to go in the future. If you are a parent, relative or friend, help a student or young professional connect with an international experience, find a source of funding, and get a passport. If you are an employer, offer a scholarship for children of employees or for the future workforce, or hire someone who has study abroad experience. Or simply make a contribution now.

I have had the opportunity to do all of those things and to help others take the first steps. It is not only personally rewarding, but it is the best investment you can make in the next generation.

Visit IIE’s website or click the links in this newsletter to find programs, funding and ways to help.

We are pleased to offer these resources, along with our very best wishes for a happy, healthy and successful new year,



Freeman ASIAIIE Launches Freeman Awards for Study in Asia

Freeman-ASIA offers funding for American undergraduates to study abroad in East and Southeast Asia. The program, funded by a generous grant from the Freeman Foundation, aims to increase the number of Americans with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures. Apply for a scholarship now: February 15 deadline for Summer study or April 1 for Fall or Academic Year study.


Sec. Clinton and Asst. Sec. StockSecretary of State Clinton Addresses Fulbright FLTAs

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed a group of 418 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) from 49 countries and 230 universities who came to Washington, DC, for a professional development conference in December. She thanked the FLTAs for their commitment to sharing their languages and cultures with America’s students and communities. IIE arranged for experts to speak about topics such as innovative teaching techniques, classroom management and intercultural communication. See Secretary Clinton’s remarks. Apply to host an FLTA to help teach a language at your college or K-12 school: February 15 deadline.


WISE 2010 PlenaryWISE to Offer $500,000 Education Prize

The World Innovation Summit for Education has launched a new WISE Education Prize, to recognize world-class contributions to education at any level. WISE Chairman Sheikh Al-Thani announced the prize at the second WISE summit in Doha in December. IIE was a Qatar Foundation partner for this event, and Allan Goodman moderated a session on leadership models in education. Nominate your candidate for the WISE Prize: April 30 deadline.


Toyota International Teacher ProgramNew Toyota Program Will Take Teachers to South Africa

The Toyota International Teacher Program will take 24 educators on its inaugural program to South Africa this summer. Teachers will gain first-hand exposure to the social and environmental complexity of South Africa, focusing on sustainable development and the links between history, culture, power and the environment. Apply now for the study tour: January 23 deadline.


Allan Goodman at U.S.-Ethiopia Partnerships conferenceGrants Will Help Build U.S.-Ethiopian Partnerships

The U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia announced new seed grants for higher education linkages, at a conference on "Building Sustainable U.S.-Ethiopian University Partnerships" in Addis Ababa last month. IIE/Ethiopia co-hosted the conference with the U.S. Embassy to benefit institutions in both countries. Apply now for a seed grant: January 30 deadline.


Scholar Rescue FundHost or Support a Threatened Scholar

IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) invites donors and academic partners to join our efforts to assist scholars under threat. We seek universities in any safe country that will welcome scholars to join their faculties to teach, research or publish, and will provide support to match the Fellowship provided by SRF. Become a host or make a contribution to help save a scholar in danger.


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