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News from IIE: a) 1st Virtual Study Abroad Fair; b) 1st IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad c) IIE Blog

a) 1st Virtual Study Abroad Fair: Opportunities to Exhibit and Present
Participate in the first ever Virtual Study Abroad Fair on 25 February 2015. The fair, hosted by CollegeWeekLive, the Institute of International Education, and the U.S. Department of State, is a unique opportunity to reach a large number of U.S. students who are considering pursuing a study, intern, or service learning opportunity abroad. 
We invite study abroad organizations and higher education institutions to sign up as exhibitors and promote their programs or services. We also invite Government organizations or national exchange agencies to promote their countries as study destination to U.S. students. There are a range of opportunities to exhibit, deliver a presentation, or sponsor the fair. 
b) 1st IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad: Call for Proposals
On 1-2 October 2015, the inaugural IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad will bring commitment partners together in Washington, D.C. to highlight their progress and create positive new solutions. The Summit will feature high-level plenary debates, action-oriented sessions, think tanks and networking opportunities, as well as an engaging expo hall, to mobilize commitments and inspire new actions.
It is an exciting opportunity to engage and showcase commitment partners from all sectors, including U.S. and non-U.S. higher education institutions, the K-12 community, foreign language community, study abroad organizations, education associations, private sector corporations and foundations, and U.S. and foreign government partners.
The 2015 IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad will explore best practices and lessons learned and how institutions and organizations are advancing their commitments to Generation Study Abroad through the framework of four major questions: 
  1. How does study abroad build a globally minded workforce?
  2. How can study abroad be redefined and rebranded for today's global economy?
  3. What is the impact of study abroad?
  4. What innovative solutions are most effective in increasing study abroad participation?
IIE invites proposals that reflect the spirit of collaboration across sectors and sharing knowledge to highlight best practices, ideas and innovations that address these themes and advance the collective Generation Study Abroad goal of significantly expanding and scaling education abroad.
Three types of proposals will be accepted:
  • Individual: Single participant submissions are welcome. IIE will create sessions that bring presenters together based on theme and content.
  • Full Panel: Full panels should consist of no more than three individuals. Preference will be given to proposals incorporating diverse stakeholders and perspective, and panels that include interaction among presenters.
  • Think Tank: You may also submit a proposal to conduct an extremely interactive brainstorming session, where participants will engage in big-picture thinking to identify creative solutions to specific challenges.
Preference will be given to proposals that include participants from different sectors and speak to varied audiences, including employers, governments and K-12 educators, as well as higher education practitioners and policy-makers.
The deadline to submit proposals is February 15, 2015. For more information, or to submit proposals, visit the dedicate section in the IIE website.
c) IIE Blog: International Education in the News: the Stories Behind the Headlines 
Sharon Witherell, IIE Public Affairs Director, shares handpicked Open Doors news stories, beyond the top-line news in major media. More than 1 000 news reports across the country and around the world announced the latest statistics and trends. "This kind of widespread media coverage brings international education to the forefront" writes Witherell "and it spurs policy discussions on topics such as skilled immigration, student recruitment, national scholarship programs, and the impact on higher education in the United States and around the world."