January 2011

During a joint press conference with President Obama yesterday in Washington, Chinese President Hu Jintao stressed his belief in the importance of people-to-people exchange between China and the United States, particularly among young people, and outlined some of the “positive steps” he wishes to take to increase exchanges.

Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 01/14/11.

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The Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) announced yesterday that it has appointed Christopher Page as its new Executive Director. He succeeds John Hishmeh, who has led CSIET for 10 years and will join the U.S. Foreign Service.

► The Alliance announced a new feature on the Alliance website: Local News on Exchange. Find stories from local newspapers and other sources on international exchange, education, and engagement, as well as state and district views of international exchange programs and their effect on local communities. See below a few of this week’s Local News Stories:

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In his remarks at the Presidential Palace in Islamabad, Pakistan, on January 12, Vice President Joe Biden referenced educational exchange programs as vital pieces in creating a “true partnership” between Pakistan and the U.S.:

An article in yesterday’s Washington Post details the role Twitter is now playing in the foreign policy world—the social media site has not only helped facilitate communication in such politically turbulent nations as Iran and Tunisia, but is also being used as a communications tool by senior U.S. government officials.

Some teachers participating in the Teach and Learn Georgia program have faced significant obstacles in their work, including a lack of proper teaching materials and classroom equipment, as well as Georgian language teachers and students with poor English skills. Despite this, the participants are seeing the positive effects of their language teaching, according to the New York Times, which features the accounts of three U.S.

Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 01/21/11.

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Today is the registration deadline for 2011 Advocacy Day! Thank you for registering by the end of the day at http://www.alliance-exchange.org/2011-advocacy-day. If you are still in the process of gathering your Advocacy Day group/recruiting participants from your organization and need some extra time, please contact Mark via email (movermann@alliance-exchange.org).

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