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“There is a law in China that every child has a right to an education, but it’s a toothless tiger — no one enforces it,” Hua says. “Parents are left to come up with solutions themselves and often take on the task of educating their children themselves.” Hua says special education is a relatively new phenomenon in his home country. Although empirical evidence shows that a system called Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an effective means of educating children with autism and other intellectual disabilities, there is not a higher education program in all of China preparing teachers to use ABA.

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Allison Kindig is a senior from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, studying industrial engineering, global health studies and business administration at the University of Iowa. Two years ago, she was the recipient of a Stanley scholarship to travel to Cameroon. Since then, she addressed economical solar energy as a UI College of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholar. This fall, Kindig was named the 2014 Iowa Homecoming Queen. Read on to learn more about Allison's journey throughout her college experience.

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In a guest opinion column for the Iowa City Press-Citizen, UI graduate student Eli Asikin-Garmager reflects on his two months living in a village in Indonesia where he conducted research on a local language and completed requirements toward his graduate degree in linguistics. The language found on Lombok Island in Eastern Indonesia — called Sasak — is spoken by some 2.5 million people, but relatively little documentation of the language exists.

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Kelsey Frisk, a senior at the University of Iowa, lived in Malå from January through July as part of the study abroad program. There, she researched policies and cultural issues affecting the Sámi people. Her research included investigations of herders practicing reindeer husbandry, who she said make up about 10 percent of the Sámi people.

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The number of U.S. college students from overseas has skyrocketed in recent years, with more than 886,000 studying on American campuses this past academic year — an all-time high and more than double the number of foreign students 20 years ago. At a time when many states have squeezed funding for higher education, international students are highly sought after because they pay higher tuition than U.S. students. In some states, as much as 10 percent of college students come from overseas. But other states have far fewer, leaving schools there at a financial and educational disadvantage in an increasingly global and competitive higher education field.

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A symposium exploring opportunities for international heath research and collaborative training programs will be held at the University of Iowa Friday, November 7, 2014, from 3-5 p.m. in Room 2117, Medical Education Research Facility (MERF).

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New investments in scholarships are key elements in the university’s plan to attract more high-achieving students and boost enrollment across the board including a new $1,000 Iowa Abroad Scholarship for Iowa residents.

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Youjia Hua is changing the lives of both educators and parents in China, but he teaches from the University of Iowa.

Hua, a UI associate professor of education, was awarded a Strategic Global Initiatives Award, which gave him $10,000 to develop a class sequence to teach classes for special-education teachers and parents of children with disabilities about behavior analysis.

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Are you interested in the possibility of international study, research, or teaching? Please join International Programs for our International Scholarships, Grants, and Fellowships Open House to learn how you can apply for different types of merit-based awards. The event will be held on Monday, September 29, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the International Commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre.

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"Being exposed to other beliefs and ways of living and working is an intense experience unlike most others that forces students to reflect, to adapt, and to learn new skill sets. Even a simple request in a foreign language can be tough, so consider the learning that occurs when students are challenged with expressing themselves, negotiating, or handling an abstract conversation.”

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