Clinton underlines importance of people-to-people exchanges between U.S. and Brazil

In her recent remarks to the U.S.-Brazil partnership for the 21st century, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stressed the importance of exchange programs between the two countries as well as President Obama’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative. This initiative aims to increase the number of students from Latin America and the Caribbean studying in the U.S. to 100,000 each year while at the same time sending 100,000 American students to the region over the next ten years, Clinton explained.

She noted that President Obama and Brazilian President Rousseff “have launched path-breaking initiatives” to do more innovation together, including President Rousseff’s “Science without Borders” program that will send 100,000 Brazilian students in the STEM fields to top universities around the world. 700 of these Brazilian students have already been hosted by U.S. universities and thousands more are expected to study in the U.S. over the next few years, according to Clinton.

Clinton said:

“I personally believe that having more interaction between our young people, going north to south, east to west within our hemisphere is one of the keys to [a] shared future. Educational exchange programs like these will help us prepare the workforce to give our students the skills, experiences, and relationships that a global economy requires.”

Clinton also noted that the U.S. will be opening two new consulates in Brazil and that the Department of State is “trying to make it easier to get those visas, easier to travel, knock down some of the barriers that have been put up, and continue to promote people-to-people contact.”