March 2011

The British Council issued the following press release announcing the UK-US New Partnership Fund:

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In the aftermath of the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan, NAFSA has created a webpage containing resources for international educators dealing with both education abroad issues, as well as those related to assisting students and scholars in the United States whose home country is affected by a crisis.

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Last week, Inside Higher Ed talked more about the “Pyongyang Project,” a Beijing-based nonprofit organization that has been organizing study tours to North Korea since 2009 and which the Alliance reported on in early January.

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) “has been changing hearts and minds about America through ‘soft power’ for 60 years,” according to an article featured in the current issue of the Foreign Service Journal.

The House passed yesterday, by a vote of 271-158, the sixth FY 2011 continuing resolution (CR). This CR would extend federal funding for FY11 until April 8, while cutting $6 billion in spending (none of the funds designated to be cut are from the State Department’s budget for international exchanges). The current continuing resolution expires this Friday, March 18; the Senate is expected to clear the new CR before then.

The Senate approved yesterday, by a vote of 87-13, the sixth continuing resolution (CR) of FY 2011. This CR would extend federal funding for FY11 for three weeks, until April 8, while cutting $6 billion in spending (none of the funds designated to be cut are from the State Department’s budget for international exchanges). The President is expected to sign this new CR into law today.

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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 03/11/11.

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  • Congress passed the sixth continuing resolution (CR) of FY 2011. This CR would extend federal funding for FY11 for three weeks, until April 8, while cutting $6 billion in spending (none of the funds designated to be cut are from the State Department’s budget for international exchanges).
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During his travels to Brazil last week, President Obama and his Brazilian counterpart, President Dilma Rousseff, agreed to strengthen educational ties and increase exchanges between the two countries, according to a fact sheet of the State Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.

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Many American communities have responded to the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan and are sending money and other aid to their Japanese Sister Cities, the New York Times reports.

Executive Vice President and Interim Chief Executive Officer of Sister Cities International (SCI) James Doumas noted:

“This is a very powerful network of people who care about each other like neighbors.”

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