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  • One Budget in the Humanities is Not Declining

    By: Dr. Allan E. Goodman on Thursday, April 10, 2014

    University budgets for the humanities just about everywhere are declining or the first to be cut. So when a donor—let alone two—want to contribute to rescuing scholars in the arts, I take notice. So thank you to two Institute trustees, Robert L. Dilenschneider and Mark A. Angelson, who have created the new Janet Hennessey Dilenschneider Scholar Rescue Award in the Arts in the IIE-Scholar Rescue Fund to save the lives and work of scholars in the arts.


  • 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.


  • A Tale of Three Cities

    By: Dr. Allan E. Goodman on Monday, March 24, 2014

    "The way to create a really great city is to establish a university. Then wait several hundred years."

    It was Mark Twain, I think, who had this important insight. Neither cities nor universities get built overnight. But having returned from visiting universities in three very major and rapidly growing cities, I had a chance to reflect on what it is taking to build world class institutions of higher education in an age of globalization.


  • About Those Brands

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

    It was the Mickey and Minnie Mouse red and pink rolling suitcases that first caught my eye as what seemed like the entire population of Beijing headed to baggage claim. Then I saw the two children that were accompanying the bags and their parents. As we waited for the trains to the exit hall, I had a chance to notice a bit more about what the parents were rolling.


  • Peace and Love—50 Years Ago and Today

    By: Dr. Allan E. Goodman on Tuesday, February 11, 2014

    Hullo, Hello ...

    When the 1964 Beatles Tribute band leader opened the first set at the British Embassy on Friday evening with these words, it was amazing how much came immediately back.


  • 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.


  • Too Soon To Tell? Thoughts From CACIE in Beijing

    By: Dr. Allan E. Goodman on Wednesday, November 6, 2013

    It was my privilege to be one of the keynote speakers at the China Annual Conference for International Education in Beijing. The other was a former foreign minister. As it turned out, we both never had the opportunity to study abroad. Although our jobs later gave us the chance to travel— in Minister Li's case to 183 countries—we both spoke about the opportunity we wished we had.


  • 7 Tips to Make Study Abroad More Affordable

    By: Dr. Allan E. Goodman on Monday, November 4, 2013

    In an increasingly inter-connected world, the ability to work successfully in a diverse workplace is more crucial than ever before. And the need for cross-cultural skills to negotiate an evolving, global economy has never been greater. To that end, study abroad can contribute vitally by furthering students’ foreign language abilities, enhancing cross-cultural communication skills and also providing a potentially life-changing international experience. Here at the Institute of International Education, we have encouraged students and educators to make study abroad an integral part of higher education. To help students get the information they need, IIE recently published “A Student Guide to Study Abroad,” a comprehensive resource on study abroad that is packed with essential tips and information for students looking to study abroad, which I co-authored with Stacie Nevadomski Berdan, an international careers expert.


  • Is Study Abroad Essential?

    By: IIE on Friday, October 25, 2013

    As we continue to live in an increasingly globalized world, cross-cultural competence has become an essential skill for succeeding in the global marketplace. Studying abroad is a great way for students to expand their horizons and can open up a world of personal and professional opportunities that will enable those who have the opportunity to study abroad to become effective global citizens. However, some believe that the merits gained from studying abroad aren’t worth the time or cost.


  • Letter En Route to Erbil

    By: Dr. Allan E. Goodman on Monday, July 22, 2013

    The occupants of seats 15A and B are an Iranian boxing champion and his photographer. Between the three of us (I am in 15C) we have just about that number of words in common. "Doctor" is one of them after the photographer fainted.


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