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  • Show Me the Impact! IIE Report Provides Evidence that Higher Education Opportunities Lead to Social Change

    By: Mirka Martel on Wednesday, April 27, 2016

    IFP alumna in India with a child

    It is an exciting day at the IIE Center for Academic Mobility Research and Impact. We are releasing the first findings of our ten-year longitudinal study of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP). The report Social Justice and Sustainable Change: The Impacts of Higher Education contributes to research and policy dialogue about the potential long-term impacts of an international fellowship program like IFP.

    Unprecedented in its size and scope, the IFP Alumni Tracking Study explores the impacts of IFP on its more than 4,300 alumni, and the communities in which they live and work. This study has positioned IIE to be at the forefront of research that links higher education to broader social change.


  • Redefining International Education Through Non-Credit Education Abroad

    By: Ola Mahmoud on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

    There is consensus that international experience is an important component of a 21st century education.

    The good news: In addition to the increasing number of American students participating in for-credit study abroad, more and more students are also actively pursuing international experiential learning through a variety of non-credit education abroad (NCEA) activities.

    The not so good news: Despite NCEA becoming a mainstream option for students to incorporate both an immersive international and practical educational experience into their formal studies, and the importance that accurate and comprehensive NCEA data have in informing higher education institutions’ internationalization missions; NCEA has so far been vastly underreported and not fully understood.


  • The View from Down Under: Reflections on the APAIE Conference in Melbourne

    By: Paul Turner on Monday, March 21, 2016

    This year's Asia Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) Conference was the biggest ever with 1,600 attendees. And although Australia was a long way even for some of us in the rest of Asia, universities, NGOs and international education experts from across the globe gathered to find common cause and mull over the issues facing our sector.


  • Letter from London: The "Brexit" and Academic Mobility

    By: Dr. Allan E. Goodman on Thursday, March 17, 2016

    Earlier this month, Universities UK held their International Unit's annual summit. We work closely with this organization, which will become a Generation Study Abroad commitment partner, and their newsletter is an excellent window into the issues, concerns, and developments shaping the international exchange field in Europe. For several years Universities UK has asked me to speak at one of the sessions, but I was unable to do so. As it turns out, that was fortunate. Elections are big in the UK this year.


  • Catchers in the Rye: Education and Extremism

    By: Jonathan Lembright on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

    A good friend from school gave me a book 10 years ago that he used for the orientation course he taught for visiting international scholars—J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. It wasn't until the recent New Year's holidays that I finally committed myself to reading this classic 1950's novel and it unexpectedly sparked my reflection upon higher education and some larger dynamics at work in the world today.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • What Do International High School Students Mean for U.S. Higher Education? Six Key Takeaways

    By: Christine Farrugia on Monday, August 24, 2015

    As nearly 1 million international students begin a new academic year at a U.S. college or university, another group of international students is likewise preparing for enrollment at a U.S. high school. As noted in IIE’s report, Charting New Pathways to Higher Education*, in fall 2013 there were over 73,000 international students enrolled in U.S. high schools, and of those, nearly 49,000 were seeking diplomas from U.S. high schools to help prepare them for admission to an American higher education institution.


  • Asia's Stake in 21st-Century Higher Education

    By: Rajika Bhandari on Thursday, August 20, 2015

    In most higher education discourse today it is not unusual to hear the claim that the world’s center of gravity is shifting toward the East. Indeed, no region has undergone as profound a transformation as Asia during the past half-century, from the 1970s to the present. Unprecedented economic growth has driven major social and demographic change and institutional reform and, in most countries, has brought about greater stability. The advent of a large middle class, coupled with openness and market reforms driven by economic imperatives, has contributed to greater interconnectedness among Asian states and between them and the rest of the world.


  • Are We Making Progress Toward Doubling Study Abroad?

    By: Daniel Obst on Monday, July 6, 2015

    Roughly 15 months after IIE launched the Generation Study Abroad® initiative, it’s time to take stock. Are we making progress? Can we achieve our goal of doubling study abroad by the end of the decade? We have built an impressive coalition of educators, parents, students, alumni, and funders who are pledging specific, actionable goals and tangible financial commitments that will contribute significantly to reach our ambitious goal.


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