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IIE Blog Opening Minds
  • Women’s Enterprise for Sustainability (WES): Celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week

    By: 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.

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

    By: 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.”

  • Rediscovering Memory: Celebrating the Art and Work of a Threatened Scholar

    By: on Thursday, November 5, 2015

    On October 19th, IIE Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) supporters and guests celebrated the art and work of IIE-SRF alumna Jumana Jaber at a reception at IIE’s headquarters in New York City. Dr. Jaber is a Syrian artist and professor of visual art and design whose artwork has been exhibited in Poland, the United States, and Syria, including at the Syrian Ministry of Culture and the National Museum of Damascus. Her portfolio spans architecture, interior design, and the foundations of Islamic art, including pieces that explore the relationship between ancient and contemporary architecture in Syria.

  • Letter From Havana: Geography, History, and Industrial Arts

    By: on Friday, October 30, 2015

    They are lovingly restored and each endowed with a female name. One of the "new" ones being built, in fact, will be called "Meg" after the Columbia University professor who helped advise us on our International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP) delegation that traveled throughout Cuba to Camagüey, Ciego de Ávila, Havana, and Santa Clara from October 24 to 31.

  • A Passage to India

    By: on Wednesday, October 21, 2015

    Mine actually began last week in Munich. Thanks to our Global E3 program, which promotes exchanges in engineering fields, and which IIE’s Peggy Blumenthal and Sabeen Altaf have expanded to include 70 members. The Global Alliance of Technological Universities invited me to speak at their annual forum for presidents and high-level officers to examine issues of science and technology education and research. The topic was “Internationalization of Higher Education in the Globalized Economy: Motivation, Strategies and Sharing of Best Practices,” and this year's host was the Technical University of Munich.

  • As the Refugee Population Grows

    By: on Wednesday, October 21, 2015

    Here in Germany it is clear that they cannot take all refugees traveling their direction, or even all that have already arrived. It is also clear that Angela Merkel is in real trouble for trying, and that the Germans in the higher education space want their country to lead the way in helping.

  • Bringing New Voices: The Inaugural IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad

    By: on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

    #humility. #empathy. Two quiet yet powerful words that I heard frequently at the inaugural IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad that took place in Washington, DC, last week.

  • The Impact of European Exchange: An Interview With Xavier Prats Monné

    By: on Tuesday, October 6, 2015

    Xavier Prats Monné

    As the European Union copes with a continuing financial crisis and growing pessimism over European integration, the Erasmus Programme has proven surprisingly resilient. Since its inception, it has expanded to more than 4000 participating education institutions in 33 countries offering mobility opportunities for more than 4 million people. Xavier Prats Monné, director-general for Health and for Food Safety of the European Commission, previously served as director general for Education and Culture of the European Commission, where he was responsible for EU policies in the field of education and for the EU education programs for the 2014–2020 period, including Erasmus+ and Marie Sklodowska Curie.

  • WeTech: Engineering the Future for Girls and Women since 2013

    By: on Monday, September 28, 2015

    With the accelerating growth of engineering-related jobs globally and the predicted shortage of equipped employees, engaging more women is critical to both bridging the talent gap and providing companies with the diverse skills and perspectives necessary to thrive.

  • How Study Abroad Contributes to Career Readiness: 8 Studies

    By: on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

    International experience used to be a “nice-to-have” criterion in a graduate’s resume. Today, it has become one of the most important components of a 21st century education. Many new studies show a direct impact of study abroad on creativity, cognitive ability, and student success. In addition, studies show that study abroad plays an important role in developing a global mindset and skills necessary to succeed in the workforce. Below are studies showing the value employers place on international experience and whether a graduate’s career prospects actually improve as a result of this experience.

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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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