The University Grants Commission (UGC) of India is inviting applications from eligible & interested Indian students for undergraduate, postgraduate, M.Phil/Ph.D and postdoctoral studies in the European country, Hungary.

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The 9th edition the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (OALD) , now accepts and recognises “Indian English” words such as ” timepass ” (action or fact of passing the time, typically in an aimless or unproductive way) and ” jugaad ” (a low-cost solution.)

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Canadian-American mathematician of Indian origin, Manjul Bhargava who won the prestigious Fields Medal (considered to be the Nobel Prize of Mathematics), has agreed to teach in Indian universities

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By Ivor Emmanuel Through my many connections with NAFSA colleagues spanning over 30 years, I have come to appreciate the deep sense of meaning and commitment that so many international education professionals have brought to our profession. Through countless hours they have given of themselves, not only on their campus, but also to the association and our field at large. They have attended committee meetings, organized workshops, delivered presentations, held leadership posts, mentored colleagues, engaged in advocacy and the list goes on. I personally have benefited from some of our finest leaders through all that I have learned from them. They have shaped our association and the nature of our work. A few have already been honored for their contributions. Many still toil quietly in the background. Their recognition will come one day…or perhaps now it is time! Do you know someone whom you admire in a similar way? Someone you may recognize as having shaped our profession at the local and national level. Perhaps they are a trusted mentor or a long-time colleague about to retire. Are there outstanding young professionals who are in the early trajectory of their careers and you see a bright future for them in the field of international education? Take this opportunity to nominate them today for a NAFSA national award! Don’t wait for tomorrow or next week or the week after. You may not get to it! Nominate a deserving colleague for this honor. Learn more about the NAFSA National Awards Program , including the new Rising Star Young Professional Award . Go ahead! Demonstrate your own appreciation and gratitude to those who have served and have taught us the tools of our trade, and thank you so much for taking time to recognize your colleagues! The NAFSA Awards Sub-Committee comprising John Greisberger, Kathy Sideli, Kay Thomas, Rosemary Valencia, and myself look forward to reviewing your nominations for this year’s Leadership Awards. Act now! The deadline is February 13, 2015. Ivor Emmanuel Director Berkeley International Office University of California, Berkeley Chair, NAFSA Awards Sub-Committee

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By Jodi Simek In October 2014, I participated in the prestigious Baden-Württemberg (BW) seminar in Germany, which has proven to be one of the most beneficial professional development experiences in my career. For those unfamiliar with the Baden-Württemberg seminar, it is a weeklong training program sponsored by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research, and Arts in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. In cooperation with the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) and NAFSA, the ministry invites 15 international educators and registrars from throughout the United States to learn about the education system in Baden-Württemberg. While at the BW seminar, our group visited a number of German universities where we discussed a wide variety of approaches to higher education with German advisers, directors, and coordinators. We were also able to meet both German and American students, visit facilities, and learn about the institutions. Each day we were escorted to our site visit by members of the international office at Heidelberg University to gain an understanding of how their international office is organized. For example, one of my responsibilities at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, is working with the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP), so it was really neat to talk to the staff at Heidelberg that also work with BSMP. One visit that was especially interesting to me was to the Duale Hochschule , or “cooperative education,” a program where students study with sponsorship from a company. Every 3 months the students switch between working at the company and studying at the Duale Hochschule . After 3 years, the student earns a bachelor’s degree in his or her major and has 3 years of applicable work experience. I was impressed that the program allows students to apply knowledge throughout their educational experience while also earning a salary. Another reason why my participation in the seminar was so enriching was the knowledge and companionship of the amazing colleagues in my cohort. Our cohort included professionals across the country, such as registrars; university system administrators; study abroad and international student services professionals; directors; and a vice provost. Within the context of the BW educational system, I was able to have a deeper understanding of what we learned because of the variety of expertise presented in my cohort. In addition, they were a heck of a lot of fun to spend a week with! Though the focus of the seminar was learning about the German educational system by visiting local universities and schools, there were also many opportunities to learn about our host city and region. We lived in the beautiful and historic city of Heidelberg for the week, and enjoyed exploring the old town and tasting traditional German cuisine. Our hosts made sure we had the opportunity to visit some local landmarks, such as the Heidelberg castle and the Maulbronn Monastery, a UNESCO world heritage site. I am incredibly fortunate that another NAFSA member pointed me toward the Baden-Württemberg seminar. Without his encouragement, I would not have applied and had this amazing, career-changing experience. I hope that other NAFSA members will consider taking advantage of this incredible opportunity to develop professionally and personally. I am especially grateful for the generosity of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research, and Arts, which covered our expenses during the seminar. You can learn more about the Baden-Württemberg seminar at the NAFSA website . Jodi Simek is senior international adviser at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Center for International Education.

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By Qianlei Li President Barack Obama recently announced that the United States and China will increase the validity of student and exchange visitor visas from 1 to 5 years, and the validity of short-term tourist and business visas from 1 to 10 years. This is really great news and I’m glad to share why this agreement is important from a student perspective. To begin with, it saves time, money, and energy for Chinese students studying in the United States. Previously, Chinese students applying for an F-1 visa were only granted an entry visa that was valid for a year. If our visa expired and if we planned to travel outside the United States (perhaps for an internship or study opportunity, or to visit family back home for the holidays), we needed to renew our visa annually, outside of the United States, either in China, Mexico, or Canada, before returning to continue our studies. Because it’s difficult to figure out the visa renewal process in Mexico without having a strong command of Spanish, and also this year, Canada temporarily suspended processing of all non-Canadian visa applications, we have to go back to China and start the visa application all over again, including paying the $160 visa application fee and waiting hours outside of a U.S. consulate for an interview. Depending on the time of year, it can take up to a month to get your visa renewed. Therefore, most students choose to get their visas renewed during summer vacation. However, it costs at least $1,000 to get a round-trip air ticket to China, and the summer is a precious period of time to gain additional education and professional experience in the United States or somewhere else in the world. Due to the time and cost of traveling back to China and waiting a month to get a visa renewed, a lot of students give up the opportunity to travel to other countries and therefore lose out on valuable opportunities to get the additional international skills they need to succeed. With this new extended visa validity policy, Chinese students are able to get entry visas that are valid for up to 5 years, so they don’t have to go back and forth to China every year to get their visa renewed when needing to travel outside the United States. This is especially important for undergraduate and Ph.D. students because their academic programs are usually four years or more. Also, this new policy makes lives of students’ parents easier. Most Chinese families only have one child because of the “one-child policy,” which makes it natural for Chinese parents to miss their children even more when they are in the United States. I remember talking with an old couple when I was waiting in line for my visa interview at the consulate. They are in their sixties and their daughter is working in the United States. They said they really miss her and would love to visit her more, but it costs too much to apply for the entry visa every year. That couple is not alone. With the new policy that grants tourist visas for up to ten years, more parents like them will get the opportunity to reunite with their children in the United States. Also, I think this is a sign that the United States is opening the door for more opportunities to Chinese students. This new visa policy, along with the 17-month STEM OPT extension policy, shows that the United States is opening the door of more opportunities to Chinese students, and I can hope that in the near future, more talented international students will be able to stay in the United States after graduation. International students, both STEM and non-STEM students, receive benefits from studying here, and we will be able to experience more and learn more with more open policies. During my time here, I have served as the interpreter for Anhui Provincial Goodwill Mission’s Visit from China to Maryland. I have spoken at a Capitol Hill briefing . I have played Er-hu, a traditional Chinese instrument in front of Georgetown students. I truly appreciate all these experiences and I believe this policy change will allow more Chinese students to have the same opportunities as I have had here at Georgetown University. Read more about this change in visa policy on NAFSA’s blog and website . Qianlei Li is currently a second-year graduate student at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Originally from Shanghai, China, Li completed her undergraduate education with a major in finance and a minor in English literature. Having experience studying in China, Australia, and United States, she has great interest in international education, culture, and languages.

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Earlier this week, I made the quick three-block trip from the NAFSA office to the White House for an energizing afternoon with government officials, media representatives, and travel bloggers. As an important driver of public opinion, the media have the ability to use their influential voices to educate readers about the importance of study abroad and encourage more U.S. students to engage in meaningful travel. This was the goal of the White House Summit on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship, to raise awareness of the benefits of cross-cultural education and cultural exchange, while boosting international student mobility across borders. Study abroad is one of the best ways to provide students with the foreign language and cross-cultural skills necessary to compete and thrive in today’s global economy. Data from a recent MetLife survey show that 65 percent of Fortune 1000 executives identified global awareness as “very important” or “essential” in order to be ready for a career. International experiences not only prepare students to succeed in careers, but also collectively strengthen our cultural diplomacy, national security, and the economy. As I continue to reflect on the White House Summit, I’m reminded of President Obama’s continued leadership on creating a more globally engaged and welcoming United States. Here are just a few examples of the Administration’s accomplishments: The newly announced creation of a U.S. Study Abroad Office at the U.S. State Department, as announced at this week’s White House Summit. The President’s strong leadership on comprehensive immigration reform and latest executive action . Creation of the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC), which provides ongoing advice and recommendations to the Secretary on matters related to homeland security and higher education. Creation of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Initiative to build critical ties between students and scholars in the United States, Latin America, and Canada. Opening up academic travel to Cuba . Extending visa validity for students, scholars, and professionals seeking to travel to and from China . Continued public support from Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for the importance of learning to compete and collaborate in a global society. NAFSA has long advocated for these and other changes in policy around study abroad , and we applaud these accomplishments from the Administration. We also need the President’s continued leadership to increase diversity and access to study abroad and international education. Right now, only 1% of U.S. students study abroad each year. To enhance America’s economic vitality, future security, and global leadership, we must exponentially increase study abroad opportunities for all students. Find additional key NAFSA policy recommendations on the NAFSA website. These include the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Act , which would increase the number and diversity of students studying abroad, and broaden the destinations where they study. But of course government cannot do this alone. We must continue to collaborate with our colleagues in government, business, media, and higher education institutions around the world. Watch the White House Summit on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship on YouTube and read some of the tweets . Marlene M. Johnson is CEO and Executive Director of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Follow her on Twitter @MarleneAtNAFSA .

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By Fanta Aw As I complete my first term as President and Chair of the Board of Directors, I wish to express my deep gratitude to all for your commitment to the association and the important work of international education. It has been an honor serving the association and together, through NAFSA, we have achieved a great deal over the past 2 years. In 2014, NAFSA launched many new and important programs and increased efforts to complete long-range goals. Those include the “100,000 Strong in the Americas” initiative to expand educational exchange in the western hemisphere, continually advocating for commonsense immigration reform, and providing even more tools and programs aimed at growing campus internationalization. As an association, NAFSA has a social responsibility to ensure that our programs and services and our campuses reflect an equitable, just, and inclusive agenda, and that underrepresented institutions and groups are included in all facets of our work if we are to achieve meaningful internationalization. In addition, we need to engage with parts of the world that have been significantly absent – Africa and South America – to ensure that marginalized voices are represented and reflected in our work. We are making progress and need to stay the course. Implementation of initiatives such as the new NAFSA Diversity Impact Program is an important step. The program supports those working at institutions serving underrepresented populations by helping them expand capacity, grow study abroad, and increase student global competencies. It also allowed many to attend the Annual Conference & Expo and hold NAFSA membership for the first time. For the educators receiving these awards, this is a transformational experience both in terms of professional development and in finding a network of peers and partners. In 2015, we want to expand this program to help even more international educators grow and better serve their students. We need your help to do this. Over the past few years, our field has experienced unprecedented growth and a spike in interest. It is imperative that NAFSA builds programs and services with future generations of students, scholars, and professionals in mind. We must anticipate and understand the ways future generations conceptualize the value of this work. This requires intentional dialogues with a new generation of professionals and putting in place mechanisms for being responsive to the changing demographics within our profession. By supporting NAFSA’s fundraising efforts this year, you will ensure that NAFSA can rise to the occasion of encouraging this new generation to grow not only as international educators within their respective institutions, but also in becoming future leaders of our organization through their continued interactivity with our membership. Reaffirm your commitment to NAFSA by contributing a tax-deductible gift to support the NAFSA Diversity Impact Program to make all of these goals a reality for next year. Thank you for your commitment and engagement. I look forward to working with all of you to advance our work. Donate now at www.nafsa.org/donatenow to support NAFSA’s Diversity Impact Program and additional NAFSA programs dedicated to advancing the field and increasing diversity and inclusion among international education.

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By William R. Holmes It is with great pleasure that I write about Malcolm Gladwell who will be our Opening Plenary speaker at the 2015 NAFSA Annual Conference and Expo in Boston. A renowned journalist, author, speaker, and a recipient of the Order of Canada, Mr. Gladwell’s five books have each made the New York Times best sellers list. What intrigues me most about Mr. Gladwell’s books is that they seem to speak so clearly to my own experiences, while causing me to reconsider the circumstances surrounding those experiences. While I have never met Mr. Gladwell, I feel a certain affinity with his perspectives. Perhaps it is because we are of a similar age and both grew up in the same region of Southern Ontario in Canada. We also share the fact that both of our fathers were professors at the University of Waterloo. After my father gave me a copy of Mr. Gladwell’s second book, Blink , which I literally read in one sitting, I immediately rushed out to get a copy of The Tipping Point . Since then I have read each of Mr. Gladwell’s books as soon as they hit the bookshelves. What makes his writing so compelling is that he develops hypotheses to explain what appears at first to be everyday social and economic occurrences, but in reality are fascinating behavioral phenomena. Have you ever wondered why we have sudden revelations, or considered what defines the point at which significant societal shifts occur. Or what set of circumstances contribute to the extraordinary levels of accomplishment that some individuals attain in their chosen skill, sport, or other pursuit? Malcolm Gladwell combines qualitative and quantitative research with engaging storytelling in order to convince us of the validity of these hypotheses. In short, he causes us to take an in depth look at what we take for granted and delve deeper into why individuals and societies behave as they do. Mr. Gladwell’s work reflects the experiences of a very wide audience. Whether or not everyone agrees with the conclusions he makes, Mr. Gladwell’s greatest achievement is that he causes his readers to stop and think more deeply about their experiences as individuals and as a part of our larger society. I have seen Mr. Gladwell speak on a number of occasions, and each time he challenges his audiences to examine their own assumptions and to question the world that they often take for granted. I would like to thank NAFSA for giving its community of international educators the opportunity to engage with this truly talented social commentator. William R. Holmes, DBA, is vice provost at the Sheridan Institute of Technology, and a member of the NAFSA Board of Directors. He holds a doctor of business administration from the University of Southern Queensland, a master of business administration from the University of British Columbia, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Waterloo.

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The All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) happens to be India’s most important medical entrance examination for undergraduate medical programs because it allows aspiring candidates the chance to secure a seat in some the country’s best medical colleges.

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