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  • What Entrepreneurship Educators Should Know: Lessons from the Price Babson Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators

    By: Emil Levy on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    Jam-packed and intense—these are two adjectives I would use to describe the four-day-long Price Babson Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators (SEE), which I had the privilege of participating in this past May. The symposium, which is one of the leading training programs for entrepreneurship educators, had already graduated 33 classes, comprising more than 3200 individuals from over 650 institutions worldwide. 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 (from the United States and Canada to Thailand, Bahrain, Brazil, and Argentina). Moreover, I spent a significant part of the training in a group.


  • What Role Can MOOCs Play in the Development Agenda? Five Key Questions

    By: Rajika Bhandari on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    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. So it is only appropriate that the United Nations is asking whether Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)—with their focus on offering tertiary-level courses for mass consumption—are a panacea for increasing access to tertiary education in the developing world, or whether they will instead widen the gap between those with access to higher education and those without.


  • Letter from Madrid: How did King Felipe VI Come to America?

    By: Dr. Allan E. Goodman on Wednesday, July 2, 2014

    The reception for Spain's new king, Fulbright and Georgetown alumnus Felipe VI, involved a very long receiving line at the Palace. Besides the setting, which is magnificent and historic, it was the modest event it was proclaimed to be. The guests were divided into a number of immense waiting rooms filled with friends, diplomats, ministers, and military leaders. I am sure there were other Americans, but none that I could see or hear.


  • How Your Gifts to IIE are Having an Impact Around the World

    By: Jonah Kokodyniak on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

    Donors regularly ask how their contributions to the Institute advance our mission, impact individuals in need worldwide, and achieve results. This is especially true when we issue our annual appeal for unrestricted gifts.


  • Letter from Israel

    By: Dr. Allan E. Goodman on Friday, June 13, 2014

    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, those from past years, Vic's reasons for creating the prize, and the symposium we convened on "New Faces and New Hopes" on our Goldberg Prize website.


  • IIE’s Global Teacher Programs Team is #generationstudyabroad

    By: Tatiana Mackliff on Tuesday, June 10, 2014

    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.


  • What is Next for New York University Abu Dhabi's First Class?

    By: Dr. Allan E. Goodman on Thursday, June 5, 2014

    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. Our Trustee John Sexton had the vision to transform NYU into a global network university offering the opportunity for teaching and research to be conducted on a truly global scale and practically without boundaries, geographic or disciplinary. Generous financial support was available. The one thing NYU needed most to succeed was top students willing to be the first class in Abu Dhabi, and this is what our team helped to find. 50+ different countries were represented in the graduating class.


  • “Who am I”: Leadership Workshop with VILP Girls in India

    By: Namrata Jha on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

    Much has happened in the Verizon Innovative Learning Program (VILP) in last two months, including a few initial milestones. The teachers’ workshop was completed in Chennai, and 200 girls have been selected for the program. The girls were chosen based on their motivations and interest in the program and their economic and educational vulnerability. It surely is a matter of pride and responsibility for these girls as they embark on their journey with us. We are very excited!


  • Join the Conversation: “What will it take to Double Study Abroad?”

    By: IIE on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

    The following blog entries comprise the 11 Big Ideas from the IIE Green paper, “What will it take to Double Study Abroad?” We invite you to add to the discussion by commenting on one or more of the 11 blog entries in this series.


  • Idea 1: redefine, rebrand and modernize the concept of “study abroad”

    By: IIE on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

    “Study abroad” has a strong connotation among some audiences of being fluff and fun, irrelevant to academic study and accessible only to the wealthy. The term itself does not reflect the breadth of study abroad options that have evolved over the years; it is outdated and needs to be changed to reflect the new reality of “study abroad.” In our outreach campaigns, Generation Study Abroad needs to work to rebrand “study abroad” as something that is serious preparation for living and working in today’s global economy, and can encompass internships, volunteering, and service learning abroad as well as classroom experience.


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