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  • 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.


  • 100 Years of IIE: From Student Mobility to Strategic Engagement

    By: Clare Banks on Thursday, July 23, 2015

    Co-authored by Daniel Obst, Deputy Vice President, International Partnerships in Higher Education.

    When IIE was founded nearly 100 years ago, one of the first actions founding Director Stephen Duggan took in establishing the new organization was to survey 250 colleges and universities in the United States to determine their capacity and interest in exchanging students and professors with foreign countries. With results of this survey in hand, Duggan visited Great Britain, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, and Yugoslavia in the summer of 1919. He personally delivered hand written letters of introduction to authorities and university officials, prominent journalists, and distinguished scholars across Europe, paving the way for educational partnerships and exchanges between universities in the United States and Europe.


  • 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.


  • Where Can a Foreign Language Take You?

    By: Tineka Lebrun on Thursday, July 2, 2015

    With all the recent talk about the decrease in foreign language enrollment in the United States, I thought it would be worthwhile to look at some concrete examples of real career paths that began in a language classroom. These examples are all taken from profiles done of Boren Awards alumni who applied to and received funding based in no small part on their dedication to language study, among other things. These students show how a dedication to linguistic and cultural learning can help lead to meaningful work on some of the most important global concerns of our time.


  • ‘No Ordinary Days: A Journey of Activism, Globe-Trotting, and Unexpected Pleasures,’ by Susan Sygall

    By: Peggy Blumenthal on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    Anyone concerned with promoting wider participation in study abroad by students with disabilities, or anyone who just needs some encouragement to keep facing hard challenges head-on, should rush to read Susan Sygall's terrific personal memoir, No Ordinary Days: A Journey of Activism, Globe-Trotting, and Unexpected Pleasures. The co-founder of Mobility International USA (MIUSA), Susan and her organization already have made available a wide range of resources online at Mobility International USA and in print and offer workshops and conference panels to help all of us do a better job of expanding access to study abroad. But having just downloaded and sped through her new book, I was inspired all over again by her words, and her life story.


  • 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.


  • Only a Few Days Left to Invest in a HER Girl and Change an Entire Community

    By: Edie Cecil on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

    At the end of this month 100 HER girls in Ethiopia from Addis Ketema and Fittawarari will graduate from high school. We are proud of their accomplishments and excited about their futures! IIE is now raising funds to assist with their transition to university, and we invite you to lend your support by making a donation by June 15.


  • Where Have All the Languages Gone?

    By: Dr. Allan E. Goodman on Friday, June 5, 2015

    By my count, representatives from more than 400 organizations and universities from around the world helped to fill the NAFSA conference expo space to capacity. There were many good messages about welcoming U.S. students and innovative study abroad and internship programs. Many made a special effort to point out just how many courses and programs are now taught entirely in English. That is good news, and bad.


  • Myanmar: What a Difference 2 Years Can Make

    By: Clare Banks on Tuesday, June 2, 2015

    Co-authored by Daniel Obst, Deputy Vice President, International Partnerships in Higher Education.

    When we first traveled to Myanmar two years ago, there was little to no Wi-Fi, few mobile phones (SIM cards could only be obtained by lottery and cost around $1,500 each, making it unaffordable for most), no ATM machines or credit card usage, and frequent electricity outages. Fast forward just two years: consistent access to Wi-Fi, excellent 3G, and little need to bring stacks of cash anymore (credit cards are now accepted at most hotels). The arrival of telecom providers TeleNor and Oredoo has reduced the price of SIM cards to $1.50 resulting in a reported 30%+ market penetration of cell phones. Electricity outages are still common, and traffic in Yangon is worse than ever, but major change is palpable everywhere, and ATMs and 3G are just the more visible manifestations of this extraordinary transition.


  • Workforce Development and the Next Generation of Globally Competitive Individuals

    By: Enam-Haddad on Friday, May 22, 2015

    In the five plus years I have worked at IIE, the term “workforce development” has become a more stable part of international higher education lingo. Although the concept of workforce development has been around for a long time, it has recently gained prominence in the field based on several factors in the ever-evolving state of the global economy. Here is what I have learned about the impact of international education on global workforce development.


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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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