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STUDY ABROAD Expanding Education Abroad in the Arab World By Robert Gutierrez, Amy Hawthorne, Mary Kirk and Chris Powers TO SUCCEED AND prosper in a global economy and an interconnected world, U.S. students need international knowledge, intercultural communications skills, and global perspectives. The number of American students receiving credit for study abroad annually exceeds 240,000. However, with a total higher education enrollment of nearly 18 million, there remains a huge unmet need to expand American students’ international experience, and an even greater challenge to ensure that access to study abroad is available to all, including students of diverse backgrounds, low incomes, and underrepresented fields of study. As U.S. campuses seek to make study abroad more widely available, many challenges are being intensely discussed at the campus level and by policy makers at every level. Targeted goals to greatly expand the number of U.S. students abroad will compel administrators and educators to make efficient use of existing resources and ensure that access to education abroad is available to all. With the overarching goal of addressing these challenges, IIE’s Meeting America’s Global Education Challenge series of white papers explores the challenge of substantially expanding the numbers and destinations of U.S. students studying abroad. The most recent white paper looks to the Arab world as a study destination. Growing numbers of U.S. college and university students are choosing to study the Arabic language and to study abroad in the Arab world. The Modern Language Association reports that between 2002 and 2007, the number of Arabic language enrollments in U.S. higher education rose by 127 percent; and, according to the latest data from the IIE’s Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, between 2004 and 2007, the number of U.S. students receiving academic credit for study in Arab countries grew by 43 percent. Yet the numbers are still very small; the Arab world attracts only 2,200 American students a year, or less than one percent of all Americans who study overseas annually. More than half study in one country, Egypt, and more than 80 percent Ifrane, Morocco, to explore the challenges and opportunities in expanding American study abroad in the Arab world. The purpose of the workshop was to examine the issues that will arise as more U.S. students seek to study in the U.S. and Arab-world educators must continue to work together to define strategies that will lead to positive study abroad experiences. of American students go to one of three countries: Egypt, Jordan, or Morocco. In March 2008 the Hollings Center for International Dialogue and IIE convened a workshop at Al Akhawayn University in region. Is there enough capacity in the region to accommodate more students? Are there opportunities in countries and universities that are currently underrepresented? What challenges will U.S. and Arab-world educators New IIE White Paper Expanding U.S. Study Abroad in the Arab World: Challenges and Opportunities This fourth report in IIE’s series of Study Abroad White Papers on Meeting America’s Global Education Challenge, released in February 2008, explores the challenges and opportunities in expanding American study abroad in the Arab world. The White Paper is available at www.iie.org/studyabroadcapacity. 35 http://www.iie.org/studyabroadcapacity http://www.iie.org/studyabroadcapacity

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Networker - Spring 2009

IIE Networker - Spring 2009
 Message from Allan E. Goodman
 IIENetworker University Presidents Interview Series: Edward Guiliano, President of New York Institute of Technology
 Best Practices in International Education: 2009 Andrew Heiskell Awards
 HRH Princess Ghida Talal of Jordan Receives IIE Humanitarian Award
 Qatar's Outstanding Schools Initiative: A New Model for International Linkages in Education
 The Community College of Qatar: New Initiative to Meet Emergent National Educational and Labor Market Goals
 Toward a UAE Liberal Studies Stream
 New York University Abu Dhabi and the Research University as Global Network
 Expanding Education Abroad in the Arab World
 The Middle East as a Study Abroad Destination
 Student Flows from the Middle East: Iranian and Saudi Arabian Students in the United States
 The Desert as Meeting Place: Where Students from the Middle East and Around the World Come Together
 A Race to the Top: Helping Jordan Win the Right Race
 The Browser: Index of Advertisers
 IIE Program Profile: IIE's Work in the MENA Region

IIE Networker - Spring 2009