Monday, December 24, 2012

Clinton Global Initiative Commitment Seeks to Support Higher Education in Syria during Crisis
At the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in September, the Institute of International Education announced that it will lead—along with Jusoor and IIT—an initiative to provide emergency support to Syrian students and scholars. The three organizations together committed a total of $2 million. The overall goal of the Commitment is a total of $5 million in support, which would enable the following:
  • Provide IIE Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) fellowships to up to 15 senior, threatened academics from Syria.
  • Provide IIE Emergency Student Fund (ESF) grants to up to 100 Syrian students whose education has been interrupted by the crisis.
  • Provide scholarships to up to 50 Syrian students to attend Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).
  • Build a consortium of universities around the world who will offer scholarships to assist threatened Syrian students, with a goal of 50 new scholarships in the next year.To match students and scholars with opportunities, IIE, Jusoor, and IIT will create an online portal to enable individuals needing educational assistance to browse available scholarships and apply to participating universities directly. IIE and IIT will serve as a resource to institutions on how best to provide support services to Syrian students and scholars, while Jusoor will help advertise opportunities widely within the Syrian community.  The online portal will also provide comprehensive information on freely accessible online learning options, so that Syrian students and scholars who cannot leave Syria or travel for scholarship opportunities can continue their education during the crisis. IIE, IIT and Jusoor will collaborate with the U.S. Department of State’s EducationUSA network to help ensure Syrian students are aware of the opportunities that are available through this initiative. The Institute of International Education has a long history of mobilizing support to help students and scholars in need throughout the world. IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund provides fellowships for established scholars whose lives and work are threatened in their home countries. In Spring 2012, IIE provided 46 Emergency Student Fund grants to enable Syrian students on U.S. college and university campuses who faced urgent financial need due to the current situation in Syria to continue their education. These grants were made possible in part by generous support from members of the Syrian-American community. “Syria needs students to continue their university education and scholars to continue their academic work so that, even in the midst of crisis, the country is producing the leadership and knowledge necessary for a successful future,” said Institute of International Education President and CEO Allan E. Goodman. “With this commitment and with the generosity of additional donors, we will be able to assist Syrian students and scholars whose expertise will be so urgently needed as the country begins to rebuild,” said Dr. Goodman.
  • [ed notes:training scholars,students,subversives who will emerge promoting western colonial interests...if assad falls due to the western engineered conspiracy targetting his govt,you can bet a syrian version of american university of beirut or cairo will emerge there,with a litany of pro western puppet spokespersons promoting reapproachment with western imperialism,and many of these will be these recipients getting grants in us under this initiative...backround on institute of international education... "IIE manages over 250 programs. Sponsors include the: U.S. Department of State - U.S. Agency for International Developmen - tU.S. Department of Energy - World Bank - Cisco Learning Institute - Ford Foundation - GE Foundation -Goldman Sachs Foundation  allan goodman its president is a CFR member of course.. Dr. Goodman is the sixth President of the Institute for International Education (IIE), the leading not-for-profit organization in the field of international educational exchange and development training that administers the Fulbright program.Prior to becoming president of the IIE, Dr. Goodman was Executive Dean of the School of Foreign Service and Professor at Georgetown University. He also served as Presidential Briefing Coordinator for the Director of Central Intelligence and as Special Assistant to the Director of the National Foreign Assessment Center in the Carter Administration.He was the first American professor to lecture at the Foreign Affairs College of Beijing — and helped create the first U.S. academic exchange program with the Moscow Diplomatic Academy. He also developed the diplomatic training program of the Foreign Ministry of Vietnam. Dr. Goodman has served as a consultant to numerous foundations and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.  Allan Goodman is a member of The Globalist's Global Advisory Board.

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