Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Abroad101 and IEM Study Abroad Launch $10k China Scholarship Giveaway

Abroad101, the world’s first and largest website featuring study abroad program reviews, has partnered with IEM Study Abroad to offer its first scholarship contest. The “$10k China Giveaway,” which launches today, will grant three lucky students 10,000 dollars worth of scholarships to IEM’s China program in Shanghai, promoting the mission of President Obama and Hillary Clinton’s “100,000 Strong” initiative.

“Abroad101 is committed to helping as many students as possible study abroad by providing insider program reviews for students and universities alike,” says Michael Stone, President of Abroad101. “Given our mutual efforts to promote meaningful international experiences, we are thrilled to support ‘100,000 Strong’ by partnering with IEM to offer a scholarship to encourage more students to study in China.”

Launched in May 2010 by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the “100,000 Strong” initiative is, “a national effort designed to increase dramatically the number and diversify the composition of American students studying in China.”

In a recent statement, Hillary Clinton affirmed, “Today, more than ever, there is a global understanding that no major challenge can be resolved without the active engagement of both the United States and China. That is why President Obama has called upon the nation to build up a cadre of Americans knowledgeable about Chinese history, culture, and language.”
Grammy-award winning musician and producer has also become a supporter of this initiative, confirming that, “In order to become responsible global citizens, young people need to experience the world around them. Kids from underserved communities rarely have the opportunity to study and travel abroad, and we want to change that.”

Michael Vu, VP of Programs at IEM Study Abroad, states, “IEM’s Study Abroad participants often refer to their time in China as among the most transformative events of their lives. Whether relaxing at Xing Wei College, touring China’s most historically diverse cities (such as Shanghai, Suzhou, Xi’an and Beijing) or interning in Shanghai with a cosmopolitan corporation, IEM Study Abroad students are deeply immersed in Chinese culture.”

Abroad101 is a popular destination for students to find the perfect study abroad program for their needs. Vu reaffirms that, “Prospective study abroad students already visit Abroad101 to locate exactly the kind of unique and exemplary programs that IEM Study Abroad works so hard to offer – programs that strike a happy balance between flexibility and structure, cultural immersion and cohort participation, adventure and comfort.”

Students can enter the “$10k China Giveaway” contest through October 17th at:

About Abroad101:
Abroad101 is a review website and online marketplace for the $40B International Education industry. Founded in 2007 by Tufts, Harvard, and MIT graduates, Abroad101’s mission is to promote global citizenship by fostering the most meaningful study abroad experience for all students through technology innovation in higher education. Abroad101 empowers universities with its free market-leading online evaluation tool and provides an advertising and student recruitment platform to global program providers. Abroad101 is a 2010 winner of the MassChallenge global startup competition. To learn more, visit

About IEM’s China Program:
The IEM Study Abroad China Program presents a blend of East and West unique to the Study Abroad market. Students study at Xing Wei College, where they are able to survey and explore Chinese culture from the structural comfort of a familiar curriculum. At the same time, students participate in the outstanding IEM Peer Mentorship Program. This program intensively pairs each student with a Chinese counterpart who actively introduces that student to the finer points of Chinese culture. IEM Study Abroad has worked hard to ensure that the China experience is one filled with academic challenge, breathtaking excursions, a full schedule of fun activities and memories that will last a lifetime! To learn more, visit

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

My Shared International Education Items via Google Reader

Last week I posted about the various internet properties I own that focus on international education.  In that post I mentioned that I plan to highlight one of my sites every few days.  To that end, here is the first of several posts in this series.

I don't know about you but I am a big fan of RSS Feeds.  I first learned of them several years ago while at the NAFSA Winter Leadership meetings when I was on the NAFSA Teaching, Learning & Scholarship (TLS) knowledge community team.  However, I could not figure out how they worked so I missed out on several good years of use.  About three years ago I tried again with Google Reader (Google is my preferred tool for my new media activities) and it one of the most valuable tools I use to keep up to date on international education related news and happenings.  My Google Reader provides a great opportunity for me to share what I find on the internets with others who may find value in the information/resources.

You can link to my Shared Items at  If you do utilize the power of RSS feeds you can subscribe to this shared items feed via the link above.

Friday, August 19, 2011

My International Education Internet Properties

I own a variety of internet properties that focus on international education and I have a presence on a variety of new/social media sites (beyond Facebook and Twitter).  Okay, I don't actually own these sites as I use all free services but they are and have been mine as I have developed, added content and maintained them over the years.  They all (or predominately) focus on international education issues and while there is some overlap of content I try to post and feed different information to my various websites and pages.  

Over the next several weeks I hope to highlight one of my sites every few days (except for IHEC Blog because you are here now!).  Until then you can link to all of them at

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Analysis of the Research and Literature on Diversity in Education Abroad A Synopsis

The following document is an executive summary (in bullet point format) of some research I did a few years ago for my invited presentation at the Colloquium on Diversity in Education Abroad: How to Change the Picture  hosted by the Academy for Educational Development on May 2, 2006 in Washington, DC.  My annotated bibliography on underrepresentation in education abroad is in desperate need of an update and then I think I need to analyze the literature again to see what, if anything, has changed.  Anyways, just thought I would share here on IHEC Blog.

Analysis of Research & Literature on Diversity in Ed. Abroad-A Synopsis by Comp, 2008

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Austrian-American Fulbright Program, 1950-2010

Frequent IHEC Blog readers know that I like to research and post about the history of international educational exchanges.  Recently I came across a set of four videos on the YouTube channel of the Austrian-American Educational Commission (AAEC) that I found incredibly interesting so I thought I would post them here.  These very well produced videos make up a forty-five minute documentary directed by Georg Steinböck and based on interviews with generations of Austrian Fulbrighters from the 1950s to the present and with recent U.S. grantees.  The documentary also includes historical footage, photos, and archival material.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Foreign Policy Association’s FPA U program will be coming to New York City, Washington, D.C., and expanding to Boston!

The following information about the Foreign Policy Association's FPA U program and upcoming seminars is being posted here to IHEC Blog with permission.  I recently became aware of these low cost and excellent seminars and I think they may be of interest to IHEC Blog readers so I am posting about them today.  I just wish that FPA U expanded here to Chicago so I could attend!

This fall, the Foreign Policy Association’s FPA U program will be coming to New York City, Washington, D.C., and expanding to Boston!

Beginning in October, seminars will be offered on the following topics:

Careers in International Development
* October 6 (New York City) * October 18 (Washington, D.C.) * November 3 (Boston) *
Who is hiring in development & where are the jobs?
  • Current career opportunities in international development
  • Home office vs. field assignments, salaries, lifestyle
  • What employers are recruiting for right now 
* October 11 (New York City) * October 17 (Washington, D.C.) * October 24 (Boston) *
  • Examine the top International Relations graduate programs in the U.S.
  • Valuable information on career options, financial aid, networking
  • Expert guidance on: applications, resumes, interviews, & exams
Landing a Job at the United Nations
* October 12 (New York City) * October 19 (Washington, D.C.) * October 26 (Boston) *
Get your foot in the door at the world body
  • The various bodies of the U.N. system: what they are & which are currently hiring
  • National Competitive Recruitment Exam preparation
  • Non-traditional points of entry into U.N. employment
* October 13 (New York City) * October 20 (Washington, D.C.) * October 25 (Boston) *
International jobs: where they are & how to get them
  • Explore the wide array of international opportunities
  • Prepare for a global career: degrees, internships, training programs
  • Breaking into the field: resume & application guidance
All attendees receive:

  • Course-specific FPA U Tool Book
  • Automatic enrollment in the Foreign Policy Association's Global Jobs email alerts
  • Light food and drink during networking session
FPA U registrants receive a 75% discount on a Young Professional Membership with the Foreign Policy Association.

Space is limited | Register here.  

Monday, August 8, 2011 on Study Abroad and the 100K Strong Initiative

On July 29, 2011 the United States Department of State announced that from the Black Eyed Peas will direct a concert later this year in Beijing in support of the 100,000 Strong Initiative.  Below are two short videos of talking about the importance of study abroad and international travel with a focus on inter-city youth experiencing these opportunities.

Now, I'm not a huge Black Eyed Peas fan (my wife and kids are fans so I know a bit about them and their music).  However, I am a big fan of their song Where is the Love? from 2003 and if you listen to the song and lyrics (which I believe were created by then you can see that he has always embraced the idea of international/intercultural understanding.  Anyways, enjoy the song...

Friday, August 5, 2011

Call of Abstracts: Global Health & Innovation Conference 2012 presented by Unite For Sight

Global Health & Innovation Conference 2012
Presented by Unite For Sight, 9th Annual Conference
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Saturday, April 21 - Sunday, April 22, 2012

Abstract deadline is August 31, 2011

"A Meeting of Minds"--CNN

The Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world's largest global health conference and social entrepreneurship conference.  This must-attend, thought-leading conference annually convenes 2,200 leaders, changemakers, students, and professionals from all fields of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.  Register during August to secure the lowest registration rate.

Interested in presenting at the conference? Submit an abstract for consideration.

The conference's confirmed speakers to date include:

Keynote Addresses

Sasha Dichter, Director of Business Development, Acumen Fund
Seth Goldman, President and TeaEO of Honest Tea
Jeffrey Sachs, PhD, Director of Earth Institute at Columbia University; Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University; Special Advisor to Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon
Sonia Ehrlich Sachs, MD, MPH, Director of Health, Millennium Village Project, Earth Institute at Columbia University

Design Thinking Speakers

Robert Fabricant, Vice President of Creative, Frog Design Inc.
Erica Kochi, Co-lead, UNICEF Innovations Team
Michael Murphy, Executive Director and Co-Founder, MASS Design Group
"Designing Effective Visuals For Global Communication," Natacha Poggio, Assistant Professor,  Hartford Art School, University of Hartford
Andrew Zolli, Curator, Pop!Tech

Education Initiatives in Global Health Speakers

Peter Bourne, MA, MD, Visiting Fellow, Oxford University; Vice Chancellor Emeritus, St. George's University; Formerly Special Assistant to the President of the United States for Health Issues; Chair, Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC)
Elizabeth Bradley, PhD, Professor of Public Health, Division of Health Policy & Administration; Director, Global Health Initiative, Yale University
Kaveh Khoshnood, PhD, Assistant Professor in Public Health Practice, Division of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Yale School of Public Health
Philip Landrigan, MD, MSc, Dean for Global Health, Ethel H. Wise Professor and Chairman, Department of Preventive Medicine, Professor of Pediatrics, Director, Children's Environmental Health Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Cheryl Moyer, MPH, Managing Director, Global REACH; Research Investigator, Department of Medical Education, University of Michigan Medical School

Environment, Energy, and Food Speakers

"An Inventory of Toxic Hotspots in the Developing World - Over 100 Million Exposed," Richard Fuller, President, Blacksmith Institute
"Farmers First: Scaling a Permanent and Sustainable End To Hunger," Tony Kalm, Director of Business Development, One Acre Fund
Robert Lawrence, MD, The Center for a Livable Future Professor, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Health Policy, and International Health; Director, Center for a Livable Future, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Film, Photography, Art & Global Health Speakers

"Thinking, Sensing, Feeling, Doing: How Art Can Energize Public Health," Carolyn Cannuscio, ScD, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, Section on Public Health, University of Pennsylvania
"Potential Over Poverty: The Ethics of Photojournalism & Creating A Modern Narrative of Development," Jonathan Kalan, Photographer, Journalist, Founder, The (BoP) Project
Dawn Shapiro, Filmmaker, The Edge of Joy
Landon Van Soest, Producer, Good Fortune; Filmmaker Transient Pictures

Healthcare Delivery Models Speakers

Molly Christiansen, Manager, Health Practices and Business Development, Living Goods
"Building Sustainable Rural Healthcare Systems: The Healthpoint Model," Al Hammond, Senior Entrepreneur, Ashoka's Full Economic Citizenship Program
"Re-Thinking Development: Social Innovations That Deliver Effective, Efficient and Sustainable Large-Scale Change," Lakshmi Karan, Director, Global Strategy, Riders for Health
"Frontline Health Workers as the Key to Achieving the Health MDGs," Charles MacCormack, President and CEO, Save The Children
Tricia Morente, Head of Strategy and Marketing, LifeSpring Hospitals

Health Policy Speakers

"Global Health Takes a Normative Turn: The Rise of Human Rights to Address the Health Threats of the 21st Century," Benjamin Mason Meier, JD, LLM, PhD, Assistant Professor of Global Health Policy, Department of Public Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Infectious Disease Speakers

Gene Bukhman, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Adetokunbo O. Lucas, Adjunct Professor of International Health, Harvard University
"Bureaucratic Luddities and Other Opportunities for Innovation in TB Control," Peter Small, MD, Deputy Director, TB, Global Health Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
"Cost-Effectiveness of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) in Reducing Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV Infection in Kenya," Georgia Sambunaris, Senior Advisor, USAID Office of Economic Growth

Maternal and Child Health Speakers

Jane Aronson, MD, CEO and Founder of Worldwide Orphans Foundation; Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Cornell Weill Medical College and Columbia University
"Preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: New Strategies for Changing the Behaviors of Medical Professionals and Pregnant Women," Paul N. Bloom, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of Social Entrepreneurship and Marketing, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
"Reproductive Refugees:  Health Disparities and Diasporic Dreams in Post/911 Arab America," Marcia Inhorn, MPH, PhD, William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs Chair, Council on Middle East Studies
"Adoption of Innovation and the Rate of Decline in Child Mortality," Dean Jamison, Professor, Global Health and Adjunct Professor, Health Services, University of Washington School of Public Health
"The Role of Scientists and Medical Professionals in Helping Pregnant Women Abstain from Drinking Alcohol," Rochelle D. Schwartz-Bloom, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology, Duke University Medical Center
"Family Planning: Remarkable Progress but a Steep Road Ahead," Joe Speidel, MD, MPH, Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences; Director for Communication, Development and External Relations, Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, University of California, San Francisco
"WE CARE Solar: Bringing Light to Maternal Health Care," Laura Stachel, MD, MPH, UC Berkeley School of Public Health; Co-Founder, WE CARE Solar

Non-Communicable Diseases Speakers

"Diabetes and the Global Burden of Diabetic Retinopathy," Nader Moinfar, Magruder Eye Institute and University of Central Florida School of Medicine, Orlando, Florida

Organization Management Speakers

Nava Ashraf, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
"Following Your Dream With An NGO: Why Magic Can Happen," Kate Coleman, Chairman and Founder, Right To Sight
"Three Cups of Lessons: A Teachable Moment for Nonprofits," Maurice Segall, JD, Pro Bono Partnership, Inc.

Research in Global Health Speakers

Jenny Aker, Assistant Professor of Economics, Tufts University
Alan Bernstein, PhD, Former Executive Director, Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise
"Meet the Editor: How to Write for Global Health Journals," Jocalyn Clark, Senior Editor, PLoS Medicine
"Advances in Global Eye Health Research," Deborah Carper, Deputy Director, National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health
"Glaucoma Screening: Current Trends and Challenges," Sarwat Salim, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Tennessee
James C. Tsai, MD, Robert R. Young Professor and Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Yale University School of Medicine; Chief of Ophthalmology, Yale-New Haven Hospital

Philanthropy Speakers

Diana Ayton-Shenker, Founder and CEO, Fast Forward Fund
Lucy Bernholz, Arabella Advisors
"Marketing Strategies To Set Your Not-for-Profit Apart," Aria Finger, COO, Do Something
"From Donor-Driven to Impact-Driven: How Evidence Can Inform Smarter Global Health Philanthropy," Carol McLaughlin, MD, MPH, MSc, Research Director - Global Public Health, Center for High Impact Philanthropy, School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania
Aaron Hurst, President and Founder, Taproot Foundation

Social Enterprise Speakers

Erica Bliss Pattni, Vice President of Marketing, KIND Healthy Snacks
Kyle Berner, Creator, Feelgoodz LLC
"Making it Real: Lessons From Thirty Years of Grassroots Development," Dean Cycon, Founder and CEO, Dean's Beans Organic Coffee Co.
Ken Lee, Co-founder and Co-owner, Lotus Foods
"Diamonds for Development," Shane Rogers, Co-Founder, The Clarity Project
Mathieu Senard, Co-Founder and CEO, Alter Eco
Zak Zaidman, Co-Founder and CEO, Kopali Organics

Social Entrepreneurship Speakers

"Sustainable Social Change: The Power of Enterprise Solutions," Ron Bills, Chairman & CEO, Envirofit International
"Lives in Development: Values, Capabilities and Aspirations for the New Economic Development Professional," Michael Fairbanks, Fellow, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
Lara Galinsky, Senior Vice President, Echoing Green
Paul Light, Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service, Robert Wagner School of Public Service, New York University
Eric Nee, Managing Editor, Stanford Social Innovation Review
Jill Tucker, Senior Program Officer, Lemelson Foundation
"Hackovation: Trends, Technologies, and Techniques for 21st Century Social Impact," Tim Zak, Associate Teaching Professor; Director, Institute for Social Innovation, H. John Heinz III College, Carnegie Mellon University

Social Media & Marketing Speakers

Neal Baer, MD, Institute for Photographic Empowerment at USC's Annenberg School of Communications; Executive Producer, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit
Charlotte Cole, Senior Vice President, Global Education, Sesame Workshop
"Solving Meta-Community Issues by Playing Nicely with Others," and "Breaking Thru The Clutter Workshop: How To Market Your Cause and Attract New Champions," Scott Henderson, Principal at CauseShift and Campaign Manager of
"Overcoming Barriers By Using Humor and Animation to Create a Cultural Shift," Firdaus Kharas, Chairman, Chocolate Moose Media and Global Shift
Tom Watson, President, CauseWired

Surgery & Global Health Speakers

"Africa's Huge Cataract Backlog: A Novel Strategy For Dealing With It," Thomas Baah, MD, Ophthalmologist and Director, Save The Nation's Sight Clinic, Ghana
"AAO Global Alliances," Michael Brennan, MD, American Academy of Ophthalmology Past President, Alamance Eye Center
James Clarke, MD, Ophthalmologist and Medical Director, Crystal Eye Clinic, Ghana
Scott Corlew, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Resurge
"Expanding Surgical Care for the Bottom Billion," Selwyn Rogers, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
Seth Wanye, MD, Ophthalmologist, Eye Clinic of Tamale Teaching Hospital, Ghana

Technology in Global Health Speakers

Julius Akinyemi, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, MIT Media Lab
"Use of Point-of-Care Technologies to Empower Communities, Sustain Mobile Services, and Improve Health Delivery: Lessons from East Africa," and "Workshop: Strategies, Tools, and Practical Tips to Ensure High Impact and Successful Outcomes for Field-Based Research and Internships," Jeffrey Blander, President, Bienmoyo Foundation
"Strengthening Health Systems in Resource-Poor Settings Through the Application of the Sana Wireless Technology," Leo Celi, MD, MPH, MS, Clinical Instructor in Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
"Advances in Nanotechnology For The Treatment of Cancer," Elisabet de los Pinos, Founder and CEO, Aura Biosciences
Rich Fletcher, PhD, Research Scientist, MIT Media Lab
Hamish Fraser, MBChB, MRCP, MSc, Director of Informatics and Telemedicine, Partners in Health; Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Associate Physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Alison Martin, Service Delivery Manager, Sproxil, Inc.
Jose Gomez-Marquez, Co-Founder and Co-Inventor, Aerovax; Co-Founder, X out TB; Lecturer, D-LAB, MIT
"Wireless Biosensors to Reduce Morbidity and Mortality After Initiation of HIV Antiretroviral Therapy," Jessica Haberer, MD, MS, Research Scientist, Harvard Institute for Global Health; Assistant in Health Decision Sciences, Massachusetts General Hospital; Instructor, Harvard Medical School
"mHealth: Scaling Up, Low Cost Mobile Solutions in (PMTCT) Preventing-Mother-to-Child-Transmission-Programs," Bobby Jefferson, Health IT Project Manager, Futures Group
"Disrupting Pathways to Mortality with Technology: Opportunities for Resource-Limited Settings," Alain Labrique, Assistant Professor, Director, Johns Hopkins Bangladesh; Department of International Health and Department of Epidemiology Program in Global Disease Epidemiology and Control, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
"From Big Data to Small Languages: Communication and Information Processing in a Newly Connected World," Robert Munro, Lead Engineer, Computational Linguistics at Global Viral Forecasting Initiative; Chief Information Officer, Energy For Opportunity; Graduate Fellow, Stanford University
"BioPhotonics Technologies for Global Health," Aydogan Ozcan, PhD, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering Department, California NanoSystems Institute, UCLA
"Low-Cost Diagnostics for the Developing World," Una Ryan, OBE, PhD, DSc, CEO, Diagnostics For All

Water & Sanitation Speakers

Ned Breslin, Chief Executive Officer, Water For People
David Kuria, Chief Executive, Ecotact

"Advice From The Experts" Panels

"Careers in Global Health: Advice From The Experts"
"Careers in Social Entrepreneurship: Advice From The Experts"
"Lessons From The Field: Setting Up Programs in Remote Areas"