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 Support IIE | News & Events | Careers | Publications | MembershipMay/June 2011

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT


I had the great privilege to deliver the commencement address at Dickinson College this past weekend. It is a pleasure to see so many immensely talented young people getting ready to embark upon their new lives and careers -- including several who will teach and study overseas through the Fulbright Program.

Dickinson is a leader in study abroad, and I applaud President Durden’s commitment to providing students with the international experience to develop skills needed by American and international graduates to succeed in the global workforce.

The previous week, I had the opportunity to travel to Brazil to meet with higher education leaders in government ministries, scholarship agencies, and universities. I had expected to be impressed with the bold new training initiatives that were being put in place to meet the needs of the country’s rapidly growing economy.

I was more surprised, and greatly heartened, to learn that President Dilma Rousseff had just announced that she aims to provide 75,000 study abroad scholarships to Brazilian students through 2014. This is exactly the right step to prepare Brazil’s young people to thrive in the knowledge economy. I hope to see more Brazilian students coming to the U.S. to study.

We are also working to increase U.S. study abroad opportunities in China, India, Indonesia and other Asian countries, with support from the U.S. Departments of State and Education, the National Security Education Program and the Freeman Foundation.

Educational exchange plays an important role in deepening the ties between the U.S. and the world. This month’s news items highlight the ways we are facilitating this on a policy level.

Allan Goodman


HIGHLIGHTS

 

Indonesian Minister Fasli Jalal honored with Kaufman PrizeIIE Presents Award to Indonesian Vice Minister

IIE presented Fasli Jalal, Vice Minister of National Education to the Republic of Indonesia, with the Inaugural Henry Kaufman Prize at a ceremony in Washington, DC on May 4th.  Assistant Secretary of State Ann Stock joined in presenting the award, which recognized Minister Jalal for his outstanding contributions to the field of international education in Indonesia and throughout the world.
Read Minister Jalal's remarks

 

Learn How We Are Working To Build Closer Ties With Indonesia

To increase the number of U.S. students who study abroad in Indonesia, IIE brought a delegation of U.S. campus leaders to meet with counterparts and take part in a workshop focused on strengthening higher education ties between the two countries. This is part of the U.S.- Indonesia Partnership Program for Study Abroad Capacity, a two-year initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

 

Meet Four Dickinson College Graduates Selected for Fulbright Awards

Four Dickinsonians have been selected for prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards.  Two students will conduct research – one in Egypt and one in Argentina -- while two others have been awarded English Teaching Assistantships that will enable them to engage with communities in Indonesia and Thailand, respectively.

 

Raising the Profile of International Higher Education at the G8/G20

IIE and Campus France convened the inaugural session of this new annual summit in Paris on May 9-10.  Representatives from the leading host and sending countries explored the key policy challenges facing international education and discussed the issues that drive national policies and impact global academic mobility. The United States will host the meeting next year.

 

IIE's Japan Emergency Fund Has Helped More Than 100 Students

IIE, with support from the Freeman Foundation, made grants totaling over $400,000 to more than 100 students in the first round of its emergency grants program. The grants are helping students from Japan on U.S. campuses whose home country support has been devastated by the recent earthquake and tsunami.

 

New IIE Books Look at Global MobilityStudent Mobility and the Internationalization of Higher Education

Over the last decade, the number of students studying outside of their home country grew at an unprecedented rate. While most of the traditional host countries are seeing the numbers of international students continue to rise, newly emerging hosts in the developing world have entered the competitive higher education market and are re-mapping the flow of global talent. A suite of new books look closely at mobility trends, internationalization policies, and institutional strategies for internationalizing higher education.
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