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After its recent presidential election, Iranian higher education “is at a crossroads” and, in an effort to develop the higher education sector, the new moderate Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, may look to increase the level of international connections and overall student mobility, ICEF Monitor reports.

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A report issued last week by the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) describes the development of the global education market over the last four decades and spotlights the UK’s efforts to significantly increase the number of international students in the UK, ICEF Monitor reports.

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As the United States seeks to strengthen academic and institutional ties with developing nations in Asia and Latin America, relations with European institutions may be suffering, The Chronicle of Higher Education writes.

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As part of its efforts to rebuild after the 2011 civil war, Libya is focusing on increasing education and training opportunities by sending students abroad, ICEF Monitor reports.

Earlier this year, Libyan Deputy Minister of Education Bahin Eshetiwi announced Libya’s plan to address the shortcomings of the Libyan education system. A brief by World Education Services on the announcement highlighted the main initiatives of the Libyan reform:

As study abroad programs become more popular and significantly more diverse in terms of their location and participants, new positions are being created to allow institutions to better prepare for and respond to emergencies such as health and safety issues, political unrest or natural disasters, Inside Higher Ed reports.

As Burma tries to develop its education sector, the Burmese leadership is looking to the international community for help, the ICEF Monitor reports.

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Following a meeting with this year’s participants of the U.S. Congress-Korean National Assembly Youth Exchange Program yesterday, the program’s congressional sponsor, Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), praised the important role U.S.-South Korea people-to-people exchanges play in fostering better understanding between the two countries.

In a statement on his website, Senator Kirk writes:

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A loss of cultural and educational exchanges is an often-overlooked consequence of the political turmoil in Egypt, writes Tara Sonenshine, former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, in a recent Al-Ahram Weekly article.

A recent report from the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) finds that international students not only help drive the success of STEM graduate programs in the U.S., but also provide important cultural diplomacy and foreign policy benefits.

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Iran is increasing its efforts to attract more international students to study at its universities, according to a recent article by the Tehran Times.

While there are currently 14,000 international students studying across Iran, the country’s Fifth Five Year Plan plans to increase this number; the plan “envisages the enrollment of 25,000 foreign students at Iranian universities,” between 2010 and 2015.

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