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  • Mid-Year Reflection: Three Ways IIE Impacts the World

    By: Dr. Allan E. Goodman on Wednesday, September 3, 2014

    In the middle of June, when the team at the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund realized we were facing a third Iraq emergency—as well as requests for help from scholars in many other parts of the world—Senator Leahy of Vermont reminded us why we do this work. He told the story of a man walking along a beach where many starfish had washed ashore. The man was picking them up one by one and tossing them back into the ocean. A passerby noted that there were many hundreds and that the effort was pretty much futile. “Not to the one I just managed to throw back,” replied the man.

  • Top 10 Tips for Immersing Yourself in the Culture While Studying Abroad

    By: Daniel Obst on Thursday, August 7, 2014

    In an op-ed in the New York Times about the ‘world’s coolest places,’ columnist Nick Kristof writes that "travel can also be an education, a step toward empathy and international understanding." At IIE, we couldn't agree more. In fact, this was one of the most important factors that led to the establishment of IIE in 1919.

  • Is Globalization Good or Bad for International Education?

    By: Jon Grosh on Tuesday, April 8, 2014

    The answer to this question, according to the authors of IIE’s spring 2014 edition of IIENetworker is, “it depends.” While we tend to think of internationalization and globalization as harmonious, even synonymous, this issue of IIE’s biannual magazine makes important distinctions between the two and points out the benefits—along with potential drawbacks—of rapid globalization.

    So how might globalization be bad for international education?

  • It Happened Before

    By: Dr. Allan E. Goodman on Thursday, April 3, 2014

    The day after Crimea broke away from Ukraine, our director in Kyiv shared a message from a grantee and the picture below. The message read: "Today I feel like my home was taken. away from me. Miss you Yalta, Crimea, Ukraine."

    When I read the words and saw the seascape, I thought about the two countries I had "lost" in another career: South Vietnam and Iran.

  • The Destination Sure is Worth It

    By: Dr. Allan E. Goodman on Monday, February 3, 2014

    The Rhodes Trust is piloting a new Falcon Scholarship program for students from parts of the world that have not been part of the British Commonwealth to do graduate study at Oxford.  It was my honor to chair a Selection Committee for Rhodes for the finalists attending universities in the UAE. As would be true in America, the candidates actually come from many different countries. And most of them are from the parts of the world that generate headlines associated with conflict.

  • Top 10 Reasons to Study Abroad

    By: Daniel Obst on Wednesday, January 15, 2014

    "Every student who wants to succeed in the global economy should study abroad." That is the first sentence of IIE's new book, A Student Guide to Study Abroad, which was published by IIE in collaboration with the AIFS Foundation, and is packed with essential tips and information for students looking to study abroad.

  • 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.

  • Engaging in Open Discussion: Reflections on the EducationUSA Forum

    By: Mark Lazar on Tuesday, July 9, 2013

    The fourth annual EducationUSA Forum is now behind us, and by all accounts, this year was the most successful ever. (Disclaimer: IIE helps State Department  to organize the event.) Approximately, 600 people from the US higher education community and educational advising came together for the three day event in Washington DC to learn about how best to promote international education and attract a diverse group of international students to their campuses. The Forum has quickly become a major event on the international education circuit, especially for those working in the international recruitment and admissions field. Much was discussed at the Forum, ranging from regional updates, to consular issues, scholarship programs, countries to watch and much more.

  • Higher Education Access and Opportunity: IIE Recommends Inclusion of Quality Higher Education in Next Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

    By: IIEGlobal on Monday, May 6, 2013

    The Institute of International Education (IIE) supports open, ongoing and inclusive discussion of the post-2015 global development agenda and upholds the vision of the UN Global Consultation on Education that “equitable quality lifelong education and learning for all” should be central to the post-2015 goals.   

  • What is the Next Big Thing in International Education?

    By: Daniel Obst on Wednesday, April 24, 2013

    Higher education institutions, educational organizations, and governments around the world are continuously looking for new ways to engage internationally and to keep their academic institutions relevant and competitive. Funding organizations and governments are investing substantial resources in international education, and are seeking to identify new areas to support.

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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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