Friday, February 26, 2010
The following video (9:36) from the IREX YouTube channel highlights the 40 year history of the organization. In addition to the IREX YouTube channel you can connect with IREX on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
The first show was the family of Amanda Knox speaking out on The Oprah Show. You can watch some snippets from the show here. The Amanda Knox case was also the topic of a post entitled “In Poor Taste? A Comedy Fundraiser for Amanda Knox’s Appeal” over on the Melibee Global blog (one of my favorite international education blogs!) just the day before The Oprah Show.
The second show is listed in now listed in the comments section of the list of movies and television programs where the characters go abroad which you can link to below.
Related IHEC Blog posts:
List of Movies/Television Programs where the Characters go Abroad
Portrayal of Exchange Students in Movies and on TV in the U.S. – Part Deux
Portrayal of Exchange Students in Movies and on TV in the U.S.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
The Institute of International Education (IIE) has recently released new Open Doors data on international student enrollments and study abroad participation at U.S. community colleges, international scholars in the U.S. and intensive English language program enrollments in the U.S. Click on the links below to access these new data tables:
Community College Data Resource
International Scholars in the United States
Intensive English Language Program Enrollments in the United States
If you are interested in adding the print edition of Open Doors 2009 to your office or personal library you can order it by clicking on this link Open Doors 2009: Report on International Educational Exchange (Open Doors//Institute of International Education) (affiliate link)
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010
In 1948, the Conference on International Student Exchange was organized and held at the University of Michigan. The purpose of this conference was “to assist the educational institutions and agencies of the United States to develop an expanding international cultural relations program, particularly through student exchange.” Representatives attended the conference from colleges and universities from all over the United States, Peru, India, and Canada, as well as representatives from independent and government agencies interested in international education. As a result, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, was organized and has served as a key leader in international education to this day.
There is, of couse, so much more interesting history on the early days of the organizaiton. For a brief 60 year history of NAFSA (two pages) chick here.
Referencing back to my January 20th IHEC Blog Resources of Interest Found in the “Bury Book International Education Library & Archive” post I wanted to highlight an additional piece of literature related to this post that I am fortunate to have in my personal collection:
Hugh M. Jenkins (1979, September). Leafing Through the History and Future of the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs: A Glance Back, A Glimpse Forward. Washington, DC: National Associtation for Foreign Student Affairs.
Monday, February 22, 2010
The National Defense Education Act authorized one billion dollars of federal aid for twelve separate programs outlined in its ten Titles. The National Defense Education Act had a substantial impact on graduate education and research during its time, however, as with all federal funding programs; The National Defense Education Act also had its share of critics. Despite the controversies and concerns, The National Defense Education Act of 1958 was landmark legislation that brought significant federal attention to higher education and how it was funded, both at the institutional level as well as at the individual student level.
If you are interested in reading more about the National Defense Education Act of 1958 you can do so here and here.
1 Often referred to as NDEA.
2 Richard D. Scarfo. “The History of Title VI and Fulbright-Hays,” in International Education in the New Global Era: Proceedings of a National Policy Conference on the Higher Education Act, Title VI, and Fulbright-Hays Programs, ed. John N. Hawkins, Carlos Manuel Haro, Miriam A. Kazanjian, Gilbert W. Merkx and David Wiley. (Los Angeles: International Studies and Overseas Programs, University of California Los Angeles, 1998): 23.
Friday, February 19, 2010
THE SARA’S WISH FOUNDATION
In 1996, Sara Schewe, a student at Georgetown University, was killed, along with 3 other students from her program, while taking a bus in India to see the Taj Mahal. Since that time, Charles and Anne Schewe have dedicated themselves to bringing awareness on how to minimize safety issues while traveling abroad.
Since 1996, there have been a number of advances in the materials and information available from the U.S. government, colleges, universities and study abroad programs, other organizations, as well as support available through insurance and emergency assistance providers. There have also been domestic and international meetings and workshops supporting improved health and safety policies and procedures to support U.S. college and university students.
Sara's Wish Foundation has collaborated with some of these organizations to develop the video "Know Before You Go", and to put together the information you will find on their website. The information and links are intended to help inform students, parents, and friends who may go abroad or support others who do, that knowing more about good study abroad program practices and health and safety challenges in countries around the world can help students have a healthy and safe time abroad.
Foreign travel and study abroad remains an invaluable learning experience, broadening a student's world view and enhancing the college experience. While there have been advancements in the field since this incident to ensure student safety, precautions must still be taken, students and families need to research about benefits and risks associated with a particular location and/or program, and understand that the quality of support does vary from institution to institution and from program to program. It is Sara's Wish Foundation's hope that together we can avoid tragedies and difficulties as students begin that wondrous adventure to broaden their lives.
You can learn more about Sara’s Wish Foundation and all the good work they are doing at http://www.saraswish.org/
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
This will be my first CIES conference and my participation will be limited to presenting at this session as I have to get back to Hyde Park to my full-time job and get the kids from school.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
World Education Services now Recognized as the Recipient of Verified Chinese Degrees for the United States and Canada
You can read more about this new agreement here.
Monday, February 15, 2010
I’m a little late in posting to IHEC Blog about the upcoming U.S. Summit for Global Citizen Diplomacy. Exciting news out of the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy! The following news is a taken from the Center’s website and is being posted with permission of my colleague Derek Forsythe from the Center:
The U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy (USCCD), in partnership with the U.S. State Department and in support of more than 1000 U.S. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) conducting citizen diplomacy activities, will convene a historic U.S. Summit for Global Citizen Diplomacy on November 16-19, 2010 in Washington, DC. The goal of the Summit and ten year Initiative for Global Citizen Diplomacy is to double the number of American volunteers of all ages involved in international activities at home or abroad, from an estimated 60 million today to 120 million by 2020.
The U.S. Summit & Initiative for Global Citizen Diplomacy supports current efforts of President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Judith McHale to make global citizen diplomacy a national priority. Secretary of State Clinton will serve as Honorary Summit Chair alongside an Honorary Citizen Diplomat Chair. The President is being called upon to speak at the event, the first since President Eisenhower addressed a similar gathering on September 11, 1956 to call Americans to greater involvement in international relations. Fifty-four years later in an increasingly globalized world, the call is as relevant and urgent as ever.
You can learn more about the U.S. Summit for Global Citizen Diplomacy at http://www.uscenterforcitizendiplomacy.org/summit/
Friday, February 12, 2010
Please note that all proceeds from IHEC Blog's Kindle edition will be donated to UNICEF.
While I didn't watch the Super Bowl I caught one commercial and in my opinion it was a good one. It was the Google "Parisian Love" commercial and it starts with the search "study abroad
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Some time ago I learned about the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute and a relatively new publication that they produced that caught my attention and I thought I'd post to IHEC Blog about it.
First, a little something about the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (or L'Institut indo-canadien Shastri). According to their website, the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute is “a binational organization that promotes understanding between
Something that really caught my attention was new publication entitled “Canadian Student Handbook on Opportunities in
I don’t see IHEC Blog heading down the marketing advice avenue (I’ll save that for Chris Brogan although I doubt he will delve into the international educaiton profession) but I have, receive and read much literature (both scholarly and practical) that I just may comment on from time to time about it on IHEC Blog.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
After 3.5 years of night classes in downtown
If I was explaining my current idea for a dissertation topic in a Twitter post it would look something like this: “Dissertation to be: Towards the Development of a Methodology to Measure Public Diplomacy Outcomes of International Education Programs”. I’m not trying to minimize a dissertation by talking about it in 140 characters. It’s just that this is all I have right now…an idea that is very interesting to me but now I need to figure out if this is a good idea for a dissertation topic and, if so, how I would even go about researching this.
Anyone have thoughts on this?
Okay, back to my lunch hour of reading all the resources on the Interagency Working Group (IAWG) on U.S. Government-Sponsored International Exchanges and Training website at http://www.iawg.gov/. Maybe I can focus my dissertation somehow on IAWG???
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Friday, February 5, 2010
For this video of the week I selected this April 1, 2008 panel discussion hosted by the World Affairs Council in
“In the face of growing negative global opinion, international views of American education may hold a key in improving US diplomatic relationships by fostering better understanding between the US and peoples around the world. Join our panelists as they examine the role played by American education abroad and the long term impact of this highly regarded American export. Moderated by Dr. Mark G. Pomar: President of the International Research and Exchange Board. Panelists: The Honorable Julia Chang Bloch: President of the
You might also find the many other videos on the World Affairs Council YouTube channel to be of interest which you can access here.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
This is the first IHEC Blog post about the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy in 2010 but it will not be the last. Great things are happening in Des Moines, Iowa so stay tuned! Rather than hear about all of the great resources and initiatives happening at The Center from me why not sign up to receive updates directly from them which can do right on their homepage at http://www.uscenterforcitizendiplomacy.org/ (you can access the updated database from their homepage as well).
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Last week, the Institute of International Education (IIE) announced that they will provide emergency grants to Haitian students studying in the
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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Additionally, you may find my other website/blog International Education Blogs & News (IEB&N) to be of interest. You can access IEB&N here.
Monday, February 1, 2010
The main concern I have is that Amazon charges a monthly subscription fee. My intent with making IHEC Blog available on the Kindle was accessibility for readers and not pennies in my pocket. Additionally, Amazon set the monthly subscription fee at $1.99 while some blogs are available on the Kindle for only $0.99 a month and I’m not sure why. I would prefer the IHEC Blog Kindle Edition to be free. If you do subscribe I would love to hear what you think and if you could take a moment to provide a customer review I would appreciate it. If you are interested in subscribing to IHEC Blog's Kindle Edition plesase click on the photo above and you will be directed to Amazon.com.
With a monthly subscription I’m not sure how many people will subscribe. Again, I didn’t do this to make money and any revenue generated by Kindle subscriptions I will donate to UNICEF. Even if you don’t have a Kindle or don’t want to subscribe to IHEC Blog please consider making a cash donation to UNICEF!
I have something else in the works for the mobile user and it will be free (assuming I read all the fine print correctly) so stay tuned…