March 2011

At a joint press conference with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera in Santiago last week, President Obama talked about the U.S.’ and Chile’s commitment to expand educational exchanges between the two countries:

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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 03/18/11.

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► On several occasions during his travels to Latin America last week, President Obama talked about the importance of international exchanges. In Brazil, Obama and President Dilma Rousseff agreed to strengthen educational ties and increase exchanges between the U.S. and Brazil, according to a U.S. Department of State fact sheet.

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On March 22nd, the UK’s Home Secretary Theresa May announced to the British Parliament the result of a consultation on the reform of the student immigration system launched by the UK government in December 2010.

According to a recent New York Times report, the UK government “says the move is an effort to shut down phony colleges – businesses that use student visas simply to get paying migrants into Britain.”

An increasing number of U.S. colleges and universities are following the European trend to offer dual- or joint-degree programs, the New York Times recently reported.

Since its creation in 1940, the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) “has proved remarkably prescient when it comes to guessing who might one day govern the planet,” according to a BBC News article.

Matt Armstrong, author and publisher of the Public Diplomacy blog, was sworn in as new Executive Director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy earlier this week.

Armstrong is hired by the Commission as a civil servant on a two-year appointment.

At least 30 communities across the U.S. have responded to the recent earthquakes and tsunami in Japan by coming to the aid of residents of their Japanese Sister City counterparts. Many of these U.S. communities are raising money or have set up relief funds for their Sister Cities, while others are running food drives, making firefighters and relief workers available for rescue and recovery efforts, and even encouraging students in local schools to create cards and draw pictures to be sent to counterparts in Japan for moral and emotional support.

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New York University (NYU) announced that it will establish a degree-granting liberal arts campus in the Pudong district of Shanghai, the New York Times and Inside Higher Ed reported. NYU Shanghai expects to enroll its first undergraduate students in September 2013 and half of the student body will be comprised of Chinese students.