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  Support IIE | News & Events | Careers | Publications | Membership February 2012

View from Indonesia, Japan, Iraq and India
By Allan E. Goodman

Earlier this month, I traveled to Indonesia and Japan to address high level groups of educators and government leaders who are engaged in making higher education more global in their countries.

At the same, time, IIE colleagues were in Iraq and India, leading efforts to help strengthen higher education and academic partnerships in those countries.

And just last week, we had the privilege to meet with Iraq’s Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research and to host a panel of Iraqi university presidents about strategies for connecting with US higher education.

IIE’s vision is a world where international is part of everyone’s education, and where increasing the capacity of people to think and work on a global and intercultural basis leads to a more peaceful and prosperous future.

Looking at our activities this month, I am inspired anew by how many people around the world now share this vision and are working at all levels to make it a reality.

We at the Institute are honored and proud to be working at the forefront of these initiatives with so many committed public and private sector leaders, implementing scholarships, convening experts, and providing advice and hands on assistance.

We invite you to read about these efforts and join us in making the vision come true.


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Open Doors Spotlight

India: 103,895
Indonesia: 6,942
Iraq: 616
Japan: 21,290

India: 3,884
Indonesia: 221
Iraq: 2
Japan: 6,166


Revitalizing Higher Education in Iraq

The Institute of International Education convened a conference on Quality Assurance with more than 180 Iraqi scholars, university presidents, vice presidents, deans, Iraqi government officials, U.S. Embassy officials, and international experts. Speakers at the three day training workshop, from January 29—February 1 in Erbil, explained models of Quality Assurance and Accreditation and explored how Iraq might forge its own path as it moves ahead. The event was the third in a series of seven conferences arranged by IIE's Scholar Rescue Fund and IIE's Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education, to engage key stakeholders in higher education development efforts in Iraq. This project was funded, in part, through the U.S. Department of State. More >>

Advancing Partnerships in India

IIE experts from New York and Delhi advanced US-India educational partnerships this month. In Delhi, a representative of IIE's New York-based Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education explained the elements of successful cooperation at the "One Globe" conference with business, government, and higher education leaders, and IIE's New Delhi office launched a new book on higher education partnerships with speakers from the US Embassy and Indian higher education. IIE led a delegation of U.S. universities to Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai to forge relationships and gain an understanding of higher education in India, focusing on how to engage in mutually beneficial and productive partnerships. More >>

Why Indonesia Should Invest in International Education

IIE president Allan Goodman took part in a seminar in Jakarta organized by IIE's affiliate, the Indonesian International Education Foundation (IIEF), entitled "Why Indonesia Should Invest in International Education." Key stakeholders from the government, education institutions, investors, NGOs and philanthropic organizations discussed the role of international education in building national competitiveness and preparing tomorrow's workforce, and celebrated the launch of the new "Program to Increase Indonesian Student Competitiveness." Ir. Harris Iskandar, Ph.D., the Secretary of The Directorate General of Higher Education, highlighted how Indonesian education regulation has supported international education through various scholarship programs, especially graduate programs through BAPPENAS and DIKTI. More >>

IIE Launches Special Fund to Assist Syrian Students

IIE has launched a new Syria-Emergency Student Fund to help students from Syria on U.S. campuses whose home country financial support has been jeopardized by the escalating unrest in Syria. This is the latest initiative of IIE’s Emergency Student Fund, which aims to help international students pursuing higher education in the United States complete their studies so that their academic careers are not interrupted as a result of turmoil in their home countries. More >>

Weaving Success: Partnership for Higher Education in Africa

On behalf of the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa, IIE hosted a panel discussion in New York to celebrate the launch of the new book, Weaving Success: Voices of Change in African Higher Education. The book and event examined the unprecedented collaboration between seven major U.S. foundations to support African higher education institutions in building capacity and training the next generation of scholars, public servants, and entrepreneurs. The ten-year, $440 million initiative was directly and indirectly responsible for improving conditions for over four million students at 379 African colleges and universities in nine countries. More >>

New Conference and Award for NGOs in Trinidad and Tobago

The Institute of International Education, in partnership with the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, will convene an inaugural conference for NGO professionals from Trinidad and Tobago in May. Funded by the JB Fernandes Memorial Trust I, this two-day conference is for NGO, CBO and civil society professionals working to meet, network and share best practices. Conference attendees will be inspired through informative sessions focused on Fundraising and Grant Writing, Marketing/PR, Social Media, Strategic Planning, Evaluation and Succession Planning. A new award, to be presented at the welcome banquet, will honor the recipient of the inaugural JB Fernandes Award for NGO Excellence in Trinidad and Tobago and make a $5,000 contribution to the work of the organization. More >>

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