The Alliance Policy Monitor

Timely, authoritative reporting on exchange news and policy trends

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 15:33

Dr. Dan Davidson, president of the American Councils for International Education, testified last week in front of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, discussing the merits of people-to-people exchanges and their ability to foster “positive social and economic changes.” He urged the subcommittee to increase support for exchanges in Eastern Europe and Eurasia, recent areas of conflict.

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 14:11

International students are enrolling in U.S. institutions at an unprecedented rate, spurred largely by increasing Chinese enrollments and scholarships awarded by Gulf States, like Saudi Arabia, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Kaitlyn Chriswell
Fri, 03/27/2015 - 15:48

► Students who study or work abroad have lower unemployment rates and earn higher quality jobs than their non-mobile peers, according to a study conducted by the UK Higher Education International Unit.

Kaitlyn Chriswell
Fri, 03/27/2015 - 10:27

Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 3/20/15.

If you would like more information on any items on the list, please email and provide the item number located above the announcement.  Requests are processed on a daily basis. Please feel free to contact us with additional questions.

Kaitlyn Chriswell
Wed, 03/25/2015 - 14:18

For the third time in recent years, the Alliance partnered with Representative Hank Johnson’s office to send a sign-on letter to the leadership of the House Appropriations Committee. The letter this year is bipartisan and signed by 105 members of Congress, requesting the highest funding level possible for State Department exchanges in FY 2016. This represents a strong commitment to international exchange programs and continues to build on the Alliance’s advocacy efforts.

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 15:52

Earlier this month, Mexico and the United Kingdom (U.K.), signed a mutual qualifications recognition agreement aimed at increasing student mobility between the two nations, the Pie News reports. The treaty will permit the use of academic qualifications, for work or study, for up to 170,000 students.

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 13:21

The United States’ education system has failed to prepare the public with the information necessary to “understand the world we live in today,” according to Dr. Sanford J. Unjar, the former president of Goucher College in Baltimore. In an essay published by Inside Higher Ed, he suggests that a “broader familiarity with the world is needed,” through increased efforts of global awareness in academia.

Kaitlyn Chriswell
Mon, 03/23/2015 - 15:28

Be an advocate for international exchanges and help build Congressional support for J-1 programs!

Registration is open for 2015 J-1 Advocacy Day, which will be held April 29-30 in Washington, D.C. Register by Monday, April 6th to participate.

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Learn more about J-1 Advocacy Day and the Alumni Engagement Workshop using the links below:

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 15:14

Study abroad programs in China are seeing substantial drops in enrollment of American students, reports Reuters. Although overall study abroad numbers slightly rose throughout 2012-13, the number of U.S. students studying in China decreased 3.2 per cent, according to the Open Doors report published by the Institute of International Education (IIE). In contrast, the number of incoming Chinese international students rose 16.5 per cent in 2013-14.

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 12:48

“Mobile students” (those who participated in an exchange program, worked, or studied in a placement program abroad) were found to have lower unemployment rates and earn higher quality jobs than non-mobile students, the Pie News reports.