For the second day in a row I am highlighting a new book that I think many IHEC Blog readers will be interested in reading. Like all book "reviews" on IHEC Blog I write less like I'm reviewing for a journal and more like I'm informing about a book that I think is worthwhile to investigate further.
During the NAFSA annual conference I picked the entire Global Education Research Reports series (a joint effort by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the AIFS Foundation (really great stuff they are doing in the field and they'll be mentioned again in a post next week!). I first posted to IHEC Blog about the Global Education Research Reports series back in June 2008. While in Kansas City this past May I picked-up the first three books in the series from the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) booth in the exhibit hall (see my post from Tuesday about my exhibit hall activities) as they are an annual must stop for me because of the excellent literature they provide (shh! let's keep it a secret so no one gets to their booth before me to get all of the good literature). The fourth book in the series Innovation Through Education: Building the Knowledge Economy in the Middle East was recently published and promoted just after the NAFSA conference. I was fortunate to get a copy (almost hot off the press) from a secret source! While I wanted to post to IHEC Blog earlier about this new book I wanted to read it first and did so just this past weekend. There are five reports scheduled for this series and as soon as the fifth is published I'll be sure to post to IHEC Blog about it!
I really enjoyed reading Innovation Through Education: Building the Knowledge Economy in the Middle East and found it to be very informative and it is one of the best reports that I have read in quite some time (and I often find my nose buried in international education literature). I work with many, many students in my day job as Senior Adviser for International Initiatives in The College at The University of Chicago who want to study and/or research independently in the Middle East (as well as those who already have been in the region and plan to return) and I also work with incoming international exchange students from Egypt. This book is an excellent resource for my practice in the field as well as in my side research and consulting activities.
The Table of Contents follows:
Allan E. Goodman, President and CEO, IIE
You can learn about all of the four books published thus far in the Global Education Research Reports series here.