Time to Celebrate: International Education Week 2011

November 14, 2011 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Internationalization

By Katie O'Connell

Today kicks off the 12th annual International Education Week (IEW), a special week for NAFSA and our international education community.

One of the ways we’re celebrating is with today’s release of our annual Economic Impact Statements. The data reveal that international students and their dependents contributed an impressive $20.2 billion to the U.S. economy during the 2010-2011 academic year. This is nearly a $1.5 billion increase from the previous year.

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Connecting with Fellow International Educators at the Region VI Conference

November 10, 2011 | Topics: Regional Conferences

By Frank J. Merendino

As usual, this year's Region VI conference, held in Louisville, was a whirlwind of sessions, networking opportunities, luncheons, guest speakers, and, of course, the chance to connect with fellow international educators. It is incredibly rewarding to share stories with colleagues you haven't seen in a year, have a discussion with others who understand the many acronyms we use, or play the "where do I know you from?" game. I always return to the office after the regional conference with a renewed sense of purpose and enthusiasm.... See More

The Future Looks Bright in Region V

November 08, 2011 | Topics: Regional Conferences

By jessicalhammond

The Region V team made a number of changes to the conference program that proved to be quite popular with conference attendees this year. By extending the day slightly and shortening breaks, they were able to add two additional timeslots to the... See More

Meet and Greet in Region VIII

November 08, 2011 | Topics: Regional Conferences

By Maria Sulima and Michael Feighner

Philadelphia hosted NAFSA’s Region VIII conference last week, and over 500 people registered for the event which took place at the Loews Hotel. We enjoyed talking to all of the members that visited our booth, but being relatively new to NAFSA ourselves, we got a kick out of seeing all of the purple “First Timer” ribbons on attendees' badges. It was great talking to new NAFSAns about what they came to see at the conference and what they hope to get out of their membership.... See More