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Global Talk Series 2015-2016 

International Student Success Series: Spring 2016 Schedule 

CWRU and Office of Education Abroad: Comment on Zika Virus

IES Abroad Faculty Development Opportunities: Deadline to Apply/Nominate is March 1st 

Confucius China Studies PhD Fellowships: Applications Due February 15, 2016

U.S. Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security Application Deadline: Monday, February 1, 2016

2nd International Conference on Higher Education Advances, HEAd'16: Call for Papers

Summer 2016 Opportunities to Teach in Colombia: Deadline to Apply is January 31st

Weatherhead School of Management offering new MSM-Business Analytics Program

Competition OPEN: Fulbright International Education Administrators (IEA) Seminars:
  • The International Education Administrators (IEA) seminars help U.S. international education professionals and senior higher education officials create empowering connections with the societal, cultural and higher education systems of other countries. Grantees have the opportunity to learn about the host country’s education system as well as establish networks of U.S. and international colleagues.  Grant Duration is two weeks.
  • France and Germany: February 1, 2016
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CIES is currently seeking Fulbright Scholar alumni across different disciplines for review committees.



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CWRU Wins Prestigious Award for Campus Internationalization

Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) has been selected to receive the Andrew Heiskell Award for Internationalizing the Campus. Created in 2001 by the Institute of International Education, the annual Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education recognize the most outstanding initiatives in international higher education among all 1,400 member campuses.

“Case Western Reserve University has a long and proud history of international engagement. However, only since focusing on internationalization in the university’s 2008 strategic plan have we specifically concentrated on strategic, campus-wide and comprehensive internationalization,” said William A. “Bud” Baeslack, Provost and Executive Vice President of CWRU.

As a result, the university hired a senior international officer, created an International Planning Committee, and began a formal international strategic planning process. The process was inclusive – driven by faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members. Implementation of Phase I began in 2012, with Phase II kicking off in November, 2015.

Since 2010, the university has increased the percentage of incoming undergraduate international students from 3% to 15%. International students now make up almost 19% of the total student population and represent 90 different countries.

The university has also provided $130,000 to fund 20 Faculty Seed Grants to develop sustainable initiatives to create and implement new international research projects, study abroad programs, and cross-discipline curricula. The university has also partnered with numerous universities abroad for research and exchange. Most recently CWRU has signed agreements with Tohoku University (Japan), Taipei Medical University (Taiwan), Albert Einstein Hospital (Brazil), and Future University (Egypt).

These efforts have placed CWRU in the top 20 among the nation’s doctoral-granting institutions in the percentage of undergraduates studying abroad. In 2013-14, 45% of CWRU undergraduate students had an academic education abroad experience, up from 19% in 2010 (2015 Open Doors Report).

“The Heiskell Award for Internationalizing the Campus, along with CWRU’s top-20 national study-abroad ranking (November, 2015), is further validation – from perhaps the most highly respected higher education organization – of our success in changing the culture of the university,” said David Fleshler, Vice Provost for International Affairs. “CWRU’s emergence as one of the nation’s most recognized universities for comprehensive internationalization is a true reflection of the dedication, commitment, and support of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members.”

Case Western Reserve University will receive the Andrew Heiskell Award for Internationalizing the Campus at a ceremony in Davis, California on March 11, 2016, as part of the Annual Best Practices in Internationalization Conference. 

School of Dental Medicine Formalizes Partnership with Qassim University

The CWRU School of Dental Medicine formalized a collaborative agreement with Qassim University in December 2015. Qassim University, located in the AlQuassim province in the center of Saudi Arabia, was established in 2004. 

Qassim University's School of Dentistry, housed in the main medical complex, aims to prepare and graduate dentists to serve patients in the area, raise awareness of community oral health issues, conduct research, and prepare students in specialty areas through its graduate program.

Through the collaboration with CWRU, up to eight qualified Qassim faculty members will be accepted into the CWRU School of Dental Medicine’s one-year Fellowship of Advanced Clinical Education (FACE) program. Additionally, one or two Qassim students who have passed the FACE program will be accepted into CWRU’s advanced specialty training programs.

 “Since the world is becoming more interconnected, partnerships between institutions of higher and professional education are now possible,” said Nabil Bissada, professor and chair of the Department of Periodontics. “As a result of the growth in cross-cultural communication, it is imperative to take advantage of the ease with which we propagate ideas and knowledge.”

The newly formalized relationship will open numerous opportunities for cross-cultural learning, ultimately bringing benefits to faculty and students at both universities. “The cooperation… gives invaluable and positive cultural exposure to the students who participate,” emphasizes Dr. Bissada.

To read more about this partnership, check out the “Impact and Connections on a Global Scale” section in the School of Dental Medicine’s Fall 2015 Magazine.


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