July 2010

Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Judith McHale was in Nairobi, Kenya, this week to announce the launch of a new competition called Apps4Africa, Computerworld Kenya reports: “The contest, which will run till end of August, challenges local coders and software developers to create software tools that will meet the needs of citizens across East Africa.”

“It's definitely encouraging to be around people who speak many different languages. It makes me want to be more worldly,” said Maddy Lafuse, a high school student in Columbia, Maryland, participating in STARTALK, the newest component of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI). The Baltimore Sun profiled this week the students participating in STARTALK at Howard Community College (HCC):

  • The House Agriculture Committee passed a bill that would end the ban on travel to Cuba and potentially open the island again as a study abroad destination for American students.

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A “comprehensive partnership” between Indonesia and the United States—to deepen relations and increase educational exchanges, including expanding the Fulbright program in Indonesia—is “steaming ahead,” reports the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) released last week an “InfoBrief” detailing the number of foreign science and engineering (S&E) students enrolled at U.S. universities:

Farah Pandith, Special Representative to Muslim Communities at the Department of State, engaged in a web conversation focused on U.S. engagement with Muslim communities last Friday with Steven Clemons, Director of the New America Foundation’s American Strategy Program.

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Rather than acting as a distraction or undermining educational outcomes, study abroad experiences result in improved academic performance, InsideHigherEd.com reports in an analysis of the results of a ten-year University System of Georgia study.

Ann Stock was sworn in yesterday as Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs in a ceremony in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the Department of State. The event was presided over by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The Senate Appropriations Committee cut $2.6 billion from the FY 2011 International Affairs Budget yesterday, lowering the total available for the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs bill to $54.056 billion, down from the President’s requested level of $56.656 billion. Appropriations Committee chair Daniel Inouye (D-HI) said that the cuts came as a result of the “severe economic difficulties facing our nation”

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Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 07/09/10.

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