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8 posts from February 2014

02/28/2014

Ultimaker Donates 3D Printers to Global Architecture and Design Program

Based in the world’s leading urban centers in design, our Global Architecture and Design programs bring students and leading experts together to explore how innovation and technology can help cities become self-sufficient. We’re committed to providing these students with the best tools available, which is why we’re excited to announce that our programs' design studios in Barcelona, Berlin, and Prague recently received new 3D printers.

Ultimaker, a Dutch-based company that designs and produces cutting-edge printers, has generously equipped each studio with their latest 3D printer, the Ultimaker 2, for a value that totals more than $8,000.

Students from twelve U.S. schools of architecture wasted no time putting this exciting  technology to work, in the following projects:

  • Modeling ecological corridors through rainwater management and bioremediation in Berlin
  • Mastering the latest techniques for flood management in Prague
  • Investigating the benefits of innovative material technologies in Barcelona.

“Having Ultimaker 2 at every design studio allows our students to test their ideas and develop experimental models to advance their projects and push the envelope of the existing technology,” says Maria Aiolova, CIEE Academic Director for Global Architecture and Design. “Our goal is to create global hubs to experiment with how this technology might be used in the future.”

Learn more about our Global Architecture and Design programs here, and see what current students have to say about their experiences in Prague here

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR FOURTH CIEE BEST SUMMER EVER SWEEPSTAKES WINNER!

CIEE Study Abroad - Best Summer EverLisa M. of Illinois Wesleyan University is this week’s CIEE Best Summer Ever Sweepstakes winner. Lisa is the fourth of five U.S. college students to win $5,000 toward the CIEE 2014 Summer Study Abroad program of her choice. Eligible students can enter here, and we’ll announce our final winner next week. One more to go!

CIEE offers over 70 top-quality immersive summer abroad programs in more than 30 countries worldwide, giving students more choice than anyone else. Click here for full sweepstakes details, and check this blog to see the next winner.

02/26/2014

CIEE Alumnus Concludes Tenure as U.S. Ambassador to Russia

After more than five years in President Barack Obama’s administration and two years in his current position, CIEE alumnus Michael McFaul will end his tenure as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation today. A longtime Russia scholar, Ambassador McFaul is known for spearheading a “reset” in U.S.-Russian relations, and for his role in devising the New Start nuclear arms control treaty, which was widely viewed as the first significant overhaul of nuclear disarmament policy since the Cold War.

Throughout his life, Ambassador McFaul has passionately supported international exchange, believing that it plays a pivotal role in academic and professional development. He cites his own career path as proof, the beginnings of which were laid in 1983 during his first trip abroad as a student on CIEE’s study abroad program to St. Petersburg (Leningrad at the time). Thirty years later, Ambassador McFaul remains connected to the CIEE community. In March 2013, he shared his study abroad experience during a discussion with students and staff from CIEE’s Study Center in St. Petersburg and local Russian students at the European University at St. Petersburg. Watch a video of the talk.

In 1985, Ambassador McFaul returned to Russia as a language student at the Pushkin Institute sponsored by the American Councils for Teachers of Russian (ACTR), today known as American Councils, and in 1990 as a Fulbright scholar at the Moscow State University. “These experiences changed my life and set me on a career path which eventually took me to the White House in January 2009 as a special assistant to the president for Russian and Eurasia affairs,” Ambassador McFaul remarked in a June 20, 2013 blog post. “Three years later, I returned to Moscow, this time not as an exchange student, but as the U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation. I am deeply grateful to CIEE, ACTR, and Fulbright for helping me get to where I am today.”

In one of his final duties, Ambassador McFaul led the U.S. presidential delegation to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, on February 7. He and fellow delegates showed their support for the Americans competing in the Games by attending the Opening Ceremony and meeting with athletes prior to competitions.

Read an exit interview with New Republic magazine in which Ambassador McFaul reflects on his service over the past two years here.

02/21/2014

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR THIRD CIEE BEST SUMMER EVER SWEEPSTAKES WINNER!

CIEE Study Abroad - Best Summer EverAlyssa B. of Davidson College is this week’s CIEE Best Summer Ever Sweepstakes winner. Alyssa is the third of five U.S. college students to win $5,000 toward the CIEE 2014 Summer Study Abroad program of her choice. Eligible students can enter here, and we’ll announce a winner every week through March 3. Two more to go!

CIEE offers over 70 top-quality immersive summer abroad programs in more than 30 countries worldwide, giving students more choice than anyone else. Click here for full sweepstakes details, and check this blog to see the next winner.

02/13/2014

Congratulations to Our Second CIEE Best Summer Ever Sweepstakes Winner!

CIEE Study Abroad - Best Summer EverPrecilla Prempeh of North Carolina Central University is this week’s CIEE Best Summer Ever Sweepstakes winner. Precilla is the second of five U.S. college students to win $5,000 toward the CIEE 2014 Summer Study Abroad program of her choice. Eligible students can enter here, and we’ll announce a winner every week through March 3. Three more to go!

CIEE offers over 70 top-quality immersive summer abroad programs in more than 30 countries worldwide, giving students more choice than anyone else. Click here for full sweepstakes details, and check this blog to see the next winner.

02/11/2014

Spelman College and CIEE Launch New Study Abroad Programs Focused on Leadership and International Engagement

 

CIEE President James Pellow and Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum
CIEE President and CEO James Pellow, Ed.D., and Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D., announce a partnership to develop custom study abroad programs during a ceremony February 4, 2014.

CIEE and Spelman College, the oldest historically black college for women in the U.S., have joined forces to offer four custom study abroad programs this spring in an effort to significantly increase the number of students and faculty participating in international education.

For two weeks, May 11-25, 2014, students on these specially designed programs will visit one of four locations: Lima, Peru; Legon, Ghana; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; or Lisbon, Portugal. Eight Spelman faculty members will serve as co-directors and accompany students overseas. Each program offers clear learning outcomes and full immersion into the host countries’ cultures through co-curricular activities and engagement with locals. While abroad, students will also take part in a customized intercultural engagement curriculum taught by CIEE staff, which will enhance their intercultural competencies and leadership skills.

"We are excited to partner with CIEE on this global education experience,” said Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D. “These custom programs will give Spelman students a unique opportunity to have a meaningful international experience in the company of faculty who can help them understand the intercultural context of the countries they visit. This effort is in keeping with our Quality Enhancement Plan, which emphasizes the importance of thinking globally, as well as the development of cultural competencies gained through international study-travel.”

Dimeji Togunde, Ph.D., associate provost for global education and professor of international studies at Spelman College, echoed this statement, saying, “Our goal is to equip students with a firm knowledge of the similarities and differences between two world societies—in this case, their visited country and the U.S.—with the help of reflective journaling and cross-fertilization of ideas. With a global perspective in hand, our students are better prepared to navigate diverse global cultural landscapes, function effectively, and be successful as positive change agents in a rapidly changing global society."

By offering these custom programs, CIEE and Spelman hope to revolutionize study abroad participation to include students from a broad range of majors and academic years, supporting the college’s Spelman Going Global! initiative. Through this strategic effort, Spelman seeks to provide every student with an international travel experience before graduation. Since its implementation in 2009, Spelman has increased the number of students with global travel experiences from a yearly average of 75-100 to 279 students during the 2012-2013 academic year. The partnership with CIEE is expected to increase this number by more than 35 percent.

To support students’ study abroad, Spelman and CIEE will provide each student with a scholarship that covers 50-75 percent of program expenses. “Dr. Togunde approached us last year to work closely with Spelman faculty and his study abroad staff to create a program that meets the college’s bold vision to ensure every Spelman graduate becomes globally aware through international study,” said Kellie Sullivan, director of faculty-led and custom study abroad programs at CIEE. “Under his leadership, this program overcomes the most common barriers students face to studying abroad: cost, curriculum, and culture. It provides an excellent initiation to international study and will likely spark a passion in students for more. We’re honored to be part of this innovative program that increases access and enhances the undergraduate academic experience of Spelman students.”

 

CIEE President with Spelman College staff and students
(L-R) Renatta Landrau (student), CIEE President and CEO James Pellow, Ed.D., Margery Ganz, Ph.D., Sadé Tuckett (student), Dimeji Togunde, Ph.D.

CIEE hopes that in developing these custom programs, Spelman can serve as a model for other academic institutions around the country focused on increasing access to international study. "With significantly more women assuming positions of leadership in industry, technology, healthcare, and government, President Tatum's vision to expand global learning opportunities for Spelman's future alumnae is inspiring," said James Pellow, Ed.D., CIEE president and CEO. "Graduates with intercultural skills and competencies obtained through study abroad experiences are better prepared to lead in our ever-changing and interconnected world. CIEE is proud to collaborate with Spelman's academic and global program' leaders to help realize President Tatum's vision."

Steve Amendo
Director, Marketing and Communications

02/06/2014

Congratulations to Our First CIEE Best Summer Ever Sweepstakes Winner!

CIEE Study Abroad - Best Summer EverFour more chances remain for students to win $5,000 toward summer study abroad in 2014. 

We’re thrilled to congratulate Heidi N., University of Hawaii at Manoa, the first winner of the CIEE Best Summer Ever Sweepstakes. Heidi is the first of five U.S. college students to win $5,000 toward the CIEE 2014 Summer Study Abroad program of her choice. Eligible students can enter here, and we’ll announce a winner every week through March 3.

CIEE offers over 70 top-quality immersive summer abroad programs in more than 30 countries worldwide, giving students more choice than anyone else. Click here for full sweepstakes details, and check this blog to see the next winner.

02/05/2014

Regional Director of Operations Named for Asia-Pacific

Chris Gould recently joined CIEE as the new Regional Director of Operations for the Asia-Pacific region. He will oversee CIEE’s Study Centers in Australia, China, Korea, Japan and Taiwan.

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Chris comes to CIEE from Navitas, an Australia-based organization that provides higher education programs for Chinese students, where he was based in Beijing as China Regional Director. Chris has lived in Beijing since 2008. His colorful background includes stints in the Royal Air Force and at the British consulate in Washington, D.C.

Originally from the U.K, Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in Chinese from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in Theory and Practice of Translation in Chinese from SOAS, University of London. He also spent a year at Stanford’s ICL program at National Taiwan University in Taiwan.

Chris’ position is part of CIEE’s transition to a new overseas management structure, which was launched in January 2013 to better meet the needs of our constituents and provide more consistent management of our Study Centers. Under this new structure, newly-appointed, field-based, Regional Directors of Operations (RDOs), oversee a subset of regional Study Centers. All RDOs report to Catharine Scruggs, Executive Director, Program Management.