Photo Credit: Indiana University
In this Issue:

Welcome New Members

The Forum welcomes the following institutional members committed to Standards of Good Practice:

Ivy Tech Community College

University of Northern Iowa

For more information on joining the Forum, visit: http://www.forumea.org/memberservices.cfm

Dates and Deadlines

May 23, 2012
Nomination deadline for Forum Council candidates

May 25, 2012
Registration deadline for Standards of Good Practice Institute: Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety and Risk Management

Registration deadline for Forum/NACUA Clery Workshop

June 29, 2012
Nomination deadline for 2012 Undergraduate Research Awards

July 15, 2012
Session proposal deadline for Forum European Conference 

Find more information on Forum events here.



Forum Helps to Expand Education Abroad in Brazil

Forum President and CEO Brian Whalen was awarded a U.S. Speaker and Specialist Grant to speak on and conduct training in the Standards of Good Practice in Brazil, where he traveled last week.

Whalen conducted a workshop on the Standards of Good Practice for more than 100 participants and gave the opening keynote address at the annual FAUBAI Conference (http://www.faubai.org.br/en/index.php). His address, “Toward Cooperation and Collaboration with Brazilian Universities”  offered perspectives on the growth in international education programs in Brazil with a focus on the growth in student mobility between the U.S. and Brazil.
 
Whalen also attended the Conference of the Americas on International Education where he delivered a Standards workshop for over 50 participants. He also met with colleagues at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio, the Federal University of Rio, and the Research Center of the oil company Petrobras. 
 
Whalen commented, “This is an especially important time for educational exchange between the U.S. and Brazil. The Science Without Borders Program is funding 101,000 Brazilian students and researchers to study and conduct research overseas, and many are coming to the U.S. And, President Obama’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative will encourage many more American students to study in Brazil in the near future. The Forum is pleased to be playing an important role by helping to build relationships and capacity to implement the goals of these programs.”
 
Whalen was hosted in Brazil by Rita Moriconi, the Regional Educational Advising Coordinator (REAC) South America – Southern Cone. “Rita and the entire Education USA team are outstanding in the way they are fostering educational exchange between the U.S. and South America,” said Whalen. 




Standards of Good Practice Institute Filling Up Quickly – Don’t Miss Out!

The Forum is looking forward to the 3rd Annual Standards of Good Practice Institute, "Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety and Risk Management,” hosted by The George Washington University in Washington, DC, on June 12, 2012.
 
This Standards Institute will focus on health, safety and security issues faced on a daily basis by those working in education abroad. The practical, hands-on focus for this day includes multiple concurrent and plenary sessions. Standards Institute sessions are geared to experienced professionals, and assume participants have a level of knowledge “beyond the basics” of education abroad policy and practice.
The goals of the Standards Institute are to:
  • Deepen knowledge and understanding of Standard 8, Health, Safety and Risk Management;
  • Enhance the knowledge and skills necessary to meet this Standard by analyzing what the Standard requires and sharing examples of best practices;
  • Explore approaches from within as well as beyond the field of education abroad;
  • Enhance the overall safety and security of participants’ education abroad programs for the benefit of the students who participate in them.
More details, including the session schedule, can be found at http://www.forumea.org/GWUStInstit-June12.cfm .
 
Register for the Standards Institute here. Registration will close Friday, May 25, 2012, 5:00 p.m. (EST). Early registration is recommended, as space is limited to 130 participants.
 
The Institute is open to all; registration rates are $275/Forum members, $325/nonmembers.




Forum Council Nominations Accepted until May 23

Forum Council members set the agenda for the Forum’s initiatives that benefit the Forum membership. If you are interested in serving on the Forum Council, or wish to nominate a colleague for one of the five open positions on the Council, please submit the following: 
  • a description of the qualifications of the candidate and their interest, referencing specific ways in which they would contribute to the Forum’s goals and projects;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • full contact information.
Please send these materials, or any questions, to info@forumea.org by May 23, 2012.




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