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  • As the Refugee Population Grows

    By: Dr. Allan E. Goodman 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.

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

    By: Jon Grosh 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.

  • The Role of International Education in a Time of Crises

    By: Dr. Allan E. Goodman on Friday, July 31, 2015

    Daniela Kaisth, Vice President for External Affairs and IIE Initiatives, and I were honored to represent the Institute at a celebration in Berlin for the 90th anniversary of the founding of the German Academic Exchange Service, or DAAD.

  • Piecing Together Russian Student Mobility Trends: Research Data and Russian Practitioner Perspectives

    By: Ola Mahmoud on Monday, June 15, 2015

    A recent discussion on student mobility and the higher education landscape from a Russian higher education practitioner’s perspective had my research wheels turning. Meeting with the 2014 Fulbright Russian International Education Administrators (RIEA) Program cohort was an educational experience for me: specifically it taught me that mobility data doesn’t always tell us the full story, and that one has to always speak to colleagues in the field to fully understand the context of student mobility.

  • Get in the Ring and Change the World!

    By: Emil Levy on Monday, January 5, 2015

    According to “Entrepreneurship Education and Training Programs Around the World—Dimensions for Success,” a 2014 study of entrepreneurship education programs around the globe by the World Bank, entrepreneurship is “the largest single source of new job growth in both developed and developing economies.” Therefore, a few weeks ago I was thrilled to see this idea in action when I attended the Eastern European regional finals of “Get in the Ring” (GITR), which took place in Sofia, Bulgaria.

  • To Host a King

    By: on Monday, October 20, 2014

    On Monday, September 22, 2014, His Majesty the King of Spain began his first official visit to the United States since his proclamation to the throne in June. We were honored and thrilled King Felipe selected the Institute of International Education (IIE) to be his first U.S. public appearance to speak with a select audience, including many U.S. and Spanish students and alumni from the U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright Program. The event focused on academic exchange and collaboration between Spain and the United States and the critical role of international education in addressing world challenges.

  • Internationalizing Higher Education in Norway: A Conversation with the New Norwegian Minister of Education and Research

    By: Daniel Obst on Monday, January 6, 2014

    Last month I met with Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, the new Minister of Education and Research in Norway, who was in Washington, DC, for the annual Transatlantic Science Week organized by the Royal Norwegian Embassy. We spoke about higher education internationalization in Norway and the priorities for academic collaboration with the United States. Mr. Røe Isaksen, who holds a MA in Political Science from the University of Oslo, also spent one year in the United States as a student at Carl Junction High School in Missouri.

  • How to Modernize a Country’s Education System One Teacher at a Time

    By: Emil Levy on Tuesday, December 17, 2013

    Bulgaria has the lowest levels of public spending on education in the EU. Many of the school facilities are old and crumbling. There are barely any public funds available for building 21st century classrooms equipped with multi-media facilities and language labs. Moreover, there are no public funds for modernizing the Bulgarian school curriculum or for teacher professional development.

  • The GE Scholar-Leaders Program: 10 Years Young

    By: Mark Lazar on Thursday, October 18, 2012

    When you design a new program, you are optimistic but never know exactly how it will turn out. Will the program be as successful as envisioned? Will it meet its objectives?  So, it was with excitement that I watched the following video about the 10-year anniversary of the GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders Program in Central Europe.

  • Making German Institutions Even More International Student Friendly

    By: Raisa Belyavina on Monday, September 17, 2012

    Earlier this summer I had the pleasure of participating in a study tour sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to learn about the German higher education landscape. It was a particularly exciting time to visit the country. The European soccer championship was underway, and German universities were awaiting the announcement of the results of the second phase of the Excellence Initiative.

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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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