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  • IIE Joins Girls CHARGE!

    By: IIE Center for Women's Leadership Initiatives on Thursday, February 4, 2016

    This past September IIE joined the Clinton Foundation and the Brookings Institution’s Collaborative for Harnessing Ambition and Resources for Girls’ Education (Girls CHARGE). Girls CHARGE is a collaboration of over 50 companies, civil society organizations, multilaterals and governments all committed to improving learning and leadership opportunities for young women and girls globally. IIE and our Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives are excited to be a part of such a powerful collective voice in advancing global action on women and girls education. Girls CHARGE partners have committed over $800 million to reach more than 15 million girls by 2019. IIE’s initial commitment is centered around expanding our HER program to help university become a reality for more than 60 girls in Ethiopia. Three of the HER girls received the highest university entrance exam results at their respective schools!


  • Five International Exchange Alumni Impacting the World

    By: Aileen O'Donnell on Thursday, January 21, 2016

    International exchange opportunities foster leadership, innovation, curiosity and compassion. Participants return from abroad with a commitment to positively transform society through peaceful global connections and a determination to solve some of the world's most pressing issues through innovation and collaboration. Read about five distinguished alumni of scholarships managed or administered by IIE whose international experiences gave them the courage and knowledge to forge new discoveries and change the world.


  • The "Delivering Higher Education to Syrian Refugees" Workshop: A Rare Moment of Guarded Optimism

    By: James King on Wednesday, January 6, 2016

    The conflict in Syria has become the 21st century’s worst humanitarian crisis. The numbers are staggering:

    • Over 300,000 killed
    • close to 4.5 million refugees
    • more than 9 million internally displaced peoples

    Combined, that’s over half of Syria’s pre-war population.


  • Turning Dreams into Reality: Impact of the Verizon Innovative Learning Program

    By: Namrata Jha on Tuesday, January 5, 2016

    What does it take to turn a dream into reality? Reflecting on various scholars, fellows and young leaders that I have worked with in the past and more specifically at the Institute of International Education, I have come up with the following items.


  • Building Strategic International Partnerships: The 18th Annual Colloquium on International Engineering Education

    By: Sabeen Altaf on Monday, December 14, 2015

    With over 150 attendees, this year’s Colloquium on International Engineering Education attracted the largest number of participants ever, as well as many first-time attendees and veterans in the field of engineering education. The two day Colloquium organized by IIE and DAAD in New York City brought together representatives of more than 100 universities, including over 25 foreign institutions, that are currently training the next generation of global engineers, as well as NGO and government leaders to examine topics related to engineering education and preparing students for the engineering workforce.


  • Letter From San Bernardino

    By: Dr. Allan E. Goodman on Thursday, December 10, 2015

    The picture below was taken on Friday in the student union at the Cal State University campus in San Bernardino (CSUSB). The university president, Dr. Tomas Morales, had invited me to speak at a symposium that day on International Education.  He and many others during the day expressed that what happened on Wednesday made the need for international education and exchange even more important.  So far six of the school's Alumni have died as a result of the terrorism.


  • Keeping the Doors Open to International Students

    By: IIE on Tuesday, December 1, 2015

    The Institute of International Education (IIE) recently released new Open Doors data showing that the number of international students coming to the United States had jumped by 10 per cent to total almost 1 million students from more than 200 countries.


  • Women’s Enterprise for Sustainability (WES): Celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week

    By: Julia Hendrickson and Amy Parente on Friday, November 20, 2015

    Zina Ammar grew up in Gafsa, Tunisia, where she learned how to make the region’s famous Margoum carpets from the women in her family. Zina eventually started her own carpet-making business, but her lack of confidence and business skills limited her success. Hoping to grow her business, Zina enrolled in Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Financial Education trainings at the Women's Enterprise for Sustainability (WES) Center for Women’s Business Development in her community.


  • Measuring the Impact of Our Important Work

    By: Dr. Allan E. Goodman on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

    Music conductors shape the sound of their ensembles by setting the tempo, guiding phrases, and unifying performers. Doing these things well, however, does not guarantee the music sounds good. A strong performance, I believe, requires a conductor that is acutely aware of music’s potential to impact an audience. Such awareness influences how the conductor listens—her ear more in tune with the possibilities of the music.


  • Civic Values and Narrative Imagination: The Role of International Higher Education

    By: Jonathan Lembright on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

    When the seeds of modern democratic governance were first taking root in the world, a story was circulated about an individual who approached Benjamin Franklin in 1787 outside of Independence Hall at the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention. She asked Franklin whether he and his colleagues had created a monarchy or a republic. In reply he told her that the United States would be a “republic, if you can keep it.”


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For more than nine decades, the Institute of International Education has been at the forefront of international education. The Opening Minds blog is IIE’s take on how this field continues to change. Here the Institute’s leaders will explore international educational exchange, global student mobility, institutional partnerships, international development, and other topics and trends that are shaping higher education around the world.

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