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 Support IIE | News & Events | Careers | Publications | MembershipJanuary 2012

Partnering with Brazil
By Allan E. Goodman

At a time when Brazil's economy is expanding rapidly, and Brazil and the United States are forging unprecedented ties in trade, energy and scientific development, we believe our two countries should seek much stronger cooperation in higher education as well.

Therefore, we applaud President Dilma Rousseff's commitment to sending 75,000 Brazilian students abroad over the next four years through the Science Without Borders Program, a scholarship program for Brazilian students focusing on the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) to study at the world's best universities.

IIE has been working closely with CAPES, the Brazilian federal agency Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES), to place the Science Without Borders undergraduate students at U.S. universities.

To help U.S. institutions implement and sustain partnerships with institutions in Brazil, IIE's Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education is conducting a year-long series of training activities for U.S. campuses, which will culminate in a study tour to Brazil this Spring to meet with potential partner campuses.

Our goal is to strengthen the educational ties between Brazil and the United States, and pave the way for students from both countries to gain critical global competencies.

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Learn more about IIE's placement services >>

New edition of Funding for U.S. Study now available >>

Spotlight: IIE's Emergency Student Fund

We invite you to join us assisting students from other countries who are studying in the United States and are in need of emergency assistance due to emergencies in their home countries. We have assisted students who were affected by the earthquake in Haiti, the tsunami in Japan, and most recently the floods in Thailand.

With the help of your contributions, IIE's Emergency Student Fund provides immediate response to urgent and unpredictable crises, with critical financial support to enable students to continue their studies and return home to help rebuild their countries.

How You Can Help Us Help Students in Times of Crisis >>


Brazil Science Without Borders Program Students Arrive in U.S.

Approximately 650 Brazilian undergraduate students have begun to arrive in the United States to study at U.S. campuses with funding from the Brazilian Government's Science Without Borders Program. IIE has helped to place these students at more than a hundred U.S. colleges and universities across the United States, where they will study for two semesters. An additional 1,500 students are scheduled to arrive later this year for programs beginning in Summer or Fall 2012. More >>

IIE Launches Special Fund to
Assist Thai Students

With support from the Freeman Foundation, IIE has created the Thai-Emergency Student Fund to help students from Thailand on U.S. campuses whose home country financial support has been devastated by the recent extended record-level flooding across Thailand. More >>

Gilman Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary

IIE and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs hosted a reception in Washington, DC, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. In the past decade, the Gilman Program has enabled nearly 10,000 outstanding students with financial need, representing nearly 950 academic institutions from all fifty states, Puerto Rico and Washington, DC, to study in 125 countries. The Gilman Program diversifies the kinds of U.S. students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by providing study abroad scholarships to undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. More >>

SRF Celebrated as Times Higher Education Charity of the Year

The Institute's Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) was selected as "Charity of the Year 2011" by Times Higher Education, to recognize its nine years of commitment to rescuing threatened scholars from around the world whose lives and careers are in danger. THE's Leadership and Management Awards Ceremony in London was attended by more than 1,200 chancellors, vice chancellors and other high level UK higher education sector representatives. More >>

U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Welcomes LOTUS Scholarship Students

The Honorable Anne Patterson spoke to incoming LOTUS Scholarship students in Cairo, saying the program reflects "the shared Egyptian and U.S. vision of quality higher education and builds sustainability for Egypt to take the lead in this vision." The USAID-funded scholarships, managed by IIE, enable 150 talented Egyptian students to obtain degrees from Egyptian private universities in fields of studies that are important to the country's current and future development. More >>

IIE Arranges Study Tour for Saudi Judiciary

Twenty Saudi Arabian judicial representatives, including 18 judges and 2 Ministry of Justice officials, took part in the two-week study tour, recognizing the importance of a modernized judiciary in an increasingly global legal environment. The group visited and met with counterparts at the Supreme Court of the United States and the U.S. Department of Justice and many other institutions as part of the Saudi Judicial Engagement Project, administered by IIE for the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) at the U.S. Department of State in partnership with The Aspen Institute's Justice and Society Program and Institution Quraysh for Law & Policy. More >>

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Brazilian Students in the U.S.: 8,777
U.S. Study Abroad in Brazil: 3,099

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