May 2011

Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 04/29/11.

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In her remarks at the Opening Session of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED), Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stressed the importance of people-to-people engagement between the U.S. and China, a message she also brought across during the inaugural meeting of the U.S. Advisory Committee on the 100,000 Strong Initiative today, according to the Department of State’s website.

A report commissioned by Duke University revealed that the demand for Western university branch campuses in China might be lower than expected by administrators, Inside Higher Ed reports. The report found that in addition to the substantially higher tuition costs at U.S. branch campuses compared to Chinese institutions, “students are skeptical about the quality of education at branch campuses and would only pay a premium price for an education if it came with the opportunity to travel abroad.”

Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 05/06/11.

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The U.S. Department of Education announced on its website that the current FY 2011 Comprehensive Program of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) has been cancelled. A notice inviting applications for new awards under the Comprehensive Program for FY 2011 had been published in the Federal Register on March 22. According to the Department of Education, a notice of withdrawal will soon be published in the Federal Register.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee under Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) on Wednesday discussed safety issues in the Peace Corps, hearing testimony from several former Peace Corps volunteers as well as Peace Corps Director Aarons S. Williams and Peace Corps Inspector General Kathy A. Buller.

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On Wednesday, House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) announced the schedule for the completion of the FY12 Appropriations bills by the end of FY11 on September 30th, according to the House Appropriations Committee’s website. The plan includes a mark-up and approval of each bill by both the Subcommittee and the Full Committee and at least nine of the 12 bills could be considered on the House floor before the August recess.

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► In her remarks at the Opening Session of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED), Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stressed the importance of people-to-people engagement between the U.S. and China, a message she also brought across during the inaugural meeting of the U.S. Advisory Committee on the 100,000 Strong Initiative.

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As the Alliance reported last Friday, House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) announced funding limits for all 12 Appropriations subcommittees, including a draft allocation for the State, Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee at $39.569 billion.

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